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Israbirding.com

Israbirding.com

This website features Israel's latest birding news, including trip reports, rarity alerts and monthly summaries - all with photographs.Click here to visit this web site
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Classic books The Birds of IsraelClassic books The Birds of Israel
Hadoram Shirihai. Hadoram Shirihai's monumental The Birds of Israel is one of the most highly acclaimed ornithological books of recent times. Some ten years in the making, it is well deserving of its plaudits. Packed with more information than any previous country avifauna, this major comprehensive volume is illustrated with over 200 line drawings by Alan Harris and an extraordinary collection of over 500 colour photographs.
Comprehensive introduction to Israeli habitats and birds.

Detailed species texts.

Maps and bar charts show species distribution in space and time.
" A bird book can be useful, a work of reference, attractive to look at, or simply a good read. Very few manage all of these. The Birds of Israel is just such a work and gives new meaning to the famous phrase "the Hadoram experience""....BIRDWATCH

Birding Israel Latest sightings

Birding Israel Latest sightings

Excellent web site for those interested in birding Israel.Plenty of good quality digiscoped bird photographs, very latest sightings and other interesting items.
Example text.....
' At the Birdwatching Park we connected with a surprisingly bright Citrine Wagtail and White-breasted Kingfishers. The park was full of Chiffchaffs and the first Water Pipits of the winter were calling overhead. A quick visit to the North beach produced Indian House Crows, several Dozen White-eyed Gulls, and single Siberian and Armenian Gulls.

After visiting several other sites we headed north to a local sewage pool that is a real "magnet". We got close to first year Hooded Wheatear and found the regular selection of migrants among the vegetation. Nearby we found a noisy flock of 20 Indian Silverbills, and had great views of 5 Namaqua Doves perched at eye level.'

Highly recommended

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Birding in Jordan

Birding in Jordan

Excellent and informative web site operated by Ian J. Andrews,author of The Birds of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (see Regional Avifauna Middle East). Recent sightings,bird reports, articles and lots more.definately worth a visit.
click here for further information.

Bahrain

Bahrain Systematic List 2006

Systematic list for Bahrain with further information about observations.Click here for full list........

Birdlife International Middle East

Birdlife International Middle East

The BirdLife Middle East programme officially started in 1994 when the book, Important Bird Areas of the Middle East, was launched at the BirdLife World Conference in Germany. Here Arabs from seven countries met to determine the priorities for bird conservation in the region and agreed these to be:

The conservation of the Highlands of south west Arabia (because of the high number of endemic species).
The protection of the internationally important seabird islands in the Arabian Gulf and Red Sea.
The protection of migratory birds of prey, which pass through the Middle East in internationally important numbers.
These were known as the HIGHLANDS, ISLANDS and FLYLANDS conservation priorities.
Jordan became the first BirdLife Partner for the region and the first Representative (Dr Omar Al-Saghier) was appointed in Yemen. In the early years BirdLife's activities concentrated in these two countries, especially Yemen because of the number of endemic species in the Highlands and on the island of Socotra.

Richard Porter ( Field Guide to the Birds of the Middle East *See field guides) was the first head of BirdLife's Middle East Division, but handed over the reigns to Adnan Budieri in 1998 when the Middle East office moved from England to Jordan.
Click here for more information about birdlife international's work in the Middle East

Birding Egypt

Birding Egypt

Egypt located at the crossroads of three continents, Europe, Asia and Africa, is blessed with a wide range of habitats each with its own unique bird life. The country is located on major migration routes. Millions of birds pass through every autumn and spring. Many species overwinter, Egyptian wetlands are internationally important wintering sites for waterbirds
Birders in Egypt

No trip to Egypt is imaginable without seeing its world famous antiquities. Fortunately, birding can be combined with sightseeing as most of Egypt's cultural heritage sites are excellent locations for seeing birds. In Egypt you can bird in the past. The Ancient Egyptians were superb natural historians and vividly documented the flora and fauna of their time on the walls of tombs and temples. Over 76 different species of birds, can be identified from the wall paintings, reliefs and other artifacts

Click here for this excellent web site (in English)

Birding the United Arab Emirates

Another excellent web site created & maintained by Tommy Pedersen.Include. Monthly records from the UAE in PDF format (requires Adobe acrobat reader).Also best birding sites, video clips and photographs
Click here for this site

Latest Bird sightings United Arab Emirates

Latest Bird sightings United Arab Emirates

Example sightings;-
Fujairah National Dairy Farm, Dibba:
9 cattle egret, 4 little egret, 3 grey heron, 2 purple heron, 15+ white stork, 1 (male) gadwall, 3 common teal, 1 mallard, 1 shoveler, 2 marsh harrier, 1 sparrowhawk, 5 spotted eagle, 6 lesser kestrel, 4+ kestrel, 1 quail, 5 cream-coloured courser, 1 ringed plover, 1 dotterel, 80+ red-wattled lapwing, 1 little stint, 8 Temminck’s stint, 2+ ruff, c.38 common snipe, 3 pintail snipe, 1 great snipe, 1 redshank, 4 green sandpiper, 3 wood sandpiper, 1 common sandpiper, c.60 chestnut-bellied sandgrouse (seemingly becoming increasingly numerous at this site), 2 rufous turtle dove, 1 Namaqua dove, 1 white-breasted kingfisher (Steve only), 3 European roller, c.50 Indian roller, 5 hoopoe, 12 short-toed lark, 1 sand martin, 1 brown-throated martin, 1 pale crag martin, 4 Richard’s pipit, 4+ Blyth’s pipit, 60+ tawny pipit, 6 long-billed pipit, 1 tree pipit, 2 red-throated pipit, 1 water pipit, 10+ flava wagtail, 1 grey-headed wagtail, c.5 citrine wagtail, c.25 white wagtail, 1 (male) bluethroat, 1 male pied stonechat, 10 Isabelline wheatear, 2 desert wheatear, 3 red-tailed wheatear, 1 (male) Eastern pied wheatear, 1 clamorous reed warbler, 1 booted warbler (nominate race), 1 desert lesser whitethroat, 1 chiffchaff, 1 dusky warbler, 11 Isabelline shrike, 3 Southern grey shrike, 4 steppe grey shrike, 1 (1st winter male) rose-coloured starling, 1 Spanish sparrow, 20+ Indian silverbill, 14 house bunting.

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