This show features the incredible birdlife of Israel including the wonderful raptor migration, the bizarre display of the MacQueen's bustard, sandgrouse and the recently described and very rare Desert Tawny Owl.

JORDAN: Where Birds & History Collide

The Middle East is a hugely fascinating region to visit, whether you are a birder or not. Israel is perhaps a better known birding destination but Jordan is an under-watched country, so visiting birders have the opportunity to find and enjoy some very special birds in diverse habitats in solitude. A trip to Jordan should… Read more »

Jordan

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Oman

Omani Owl by Arnoud van den Berg

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Israel

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Israel: Timeless Appeal and Unforgettable Birding

Mourning Wheatear, Israel © Jonathan Meyrvav

From the dawn of history Israel has been perceived by many as the “center” of the world. Explorers, Crusaders and religious figures have long been drawn to this country searching, exploring and thriving to unveil the mysteries of this unique land. Nowadays, Israel is a mecca for serious bird watchers who want to witness one of earth's greatest bird migration spectacles.

African Birds & Wildlife Photo Gallery

Cheetah in Namibia (Photo by Martin Benadie)

This is a companion photo gallery to accompany my post: Birding the Dark Continent of Africa. Click any image to open… Read more »

Israel: Eilat Birding Festival

Eilat Festival

Editor's Note: I attended the 6th Annual Eilat Birding Festival in 2012. This was a mind-blowing exploration of the birds and scenery of Israel, shrouded in profound cultural history, and I was impressed with the professionalism of the Israel Ornithological Center guides. That 2012 season is considered to be the biggest migration season in recent years.  Organized… Read more »