Tour At A Glance





Single Room Supplement:


Tour Code:

Intensive with several early starts and some late finishes

Group Size:

Eight plus leaders

Blackstart Namaqua Dove White-tailed Plover Nubian Nightjar Baillon's Crake Little Green Bee-eater Ortolan Bunting Red-throated Pipit

Southern Israel - The Arava Desert Flyway

Date: 23rd - 30th March 2019 [SPACES]
Leaders: Ashley Saunders & Gary Elton



Caspian Plover
The Southern Arava Desert is quite simply one of the world’s best migration hotspots.. Besides the impressive numbers and variety of birds present, mid March is an amazing period to visit southern Israel as the weather is great, the desert is still in bloom and the prospect of rare and enigmatic species is real. Situated on one of the most important flyways in the Western Palaearctic, southern Israel offers birders a magical migration experience. Our trip is timed to coincide with huge numbers of migrants, making their way through the region to their northern breeding grounds. Whilst the itinerary will take in all of the sites mentioned, it will be as flexible as possible, to ensure that time in the field is maximised. We will visit all the main habitats in and around Eilat and the Negev Desert, returning to those that are most productive. One of the most memorable sights in Israel is that of thousands of raptors flying overhead and given the correct conditions this will be one of the highlights of our tour. To offer a real taste of Israeli life, we have chosen to base ourselves at two different Kibbutz's, following our enjoyable stays on previous tours. This uniquely Israeli experience is ideally situated to cover all of the best birding sites in the area and has good birding on site. The walking is generally easy and averages three or four miles per day. Your tour leaders will be Ashley Saunders & Gary Elton who will be assisted by a local guide in the Dead Sea and Negev. Early starts will be necessary for some species and late finishes for others. You can expect to see 150 – 175 species.



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