Sunday, 7 April 2013

Isabelline Wheatear

We spent a couple of hours around the expansive plains near Urim on our penultimate afternoon in Israel, although predictably we were a tad late in the season for huge flocks of sandgrouse and assorted raptors. That said, we did see a couple of Merlins and a pair of particularly showy Isabelline Wheatears which, in the evening light, provided an irresistable opportunity for photography. Utilizing some pretty good team tactics, we all managed some pleasing images. I must admit I've never really understood the difficulty in seperating these things from Northern Wheatears - particularly with good views. There's just something about their bulk and demeanour that is instantly recognizable. Anyway... great birds.

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