It doesn't look like I am missing too much by not being in the field but I am still itching to get out.
Here is my third installment from this springs Israel trip. This time just one species, Little Crake. The sewage pools at Yotvata attract a lot of birds and whilst we were there at least two Little Crakes (sumprikse) would show in the late afternoon along the edge of the reeds on one of the pools. It was interesting to watch the feeding technique of this rarely observed species which involved picking up vegetation and hoping to find something hiding underneath.
|male Little Crake together with a Yellow Wagtail of the race feldegg|
|with a Common Sandpiper|
|this female Little Crake was harder to observe|
|male and female together|