|Cretzschmar's Bunting Ofira Park, Eilat 30th March 2016|
|Wryneck Ofira Park, Eilat 30th March 2016|
|1st-summer male Semi-collared Flycatcher Ofira Park, Eilat 30th March 2016|
|Steppe Buzzard Eilat Mountains 30th March 2016|
|hybrid Red-billed Teal x Mallard Iddan, Israel 30th March 2016|
So I was getting closer... and so to Hatseva again and those two stinky sewage ponds. Nothing, predictably. And it was back towards the main road and taking a track northeast on the east side of the field school to a couple of irrigation ponds. Last throw of the dice for the day. As I got out of the car a couple of ducks flew about - both Teal. This gave me the impetus to start walking and no sooner had I started, and on the first scan, there was the target - the Red-billed Teal! Roosting on the bank, with such an exposed location, it quickly took flight and did a few circuits with five Teal before ditching down where I was able to get some nice views through the heat haze. Whatever the origins, it was a pretty smart bird and those 300km round trip drives from Eilat were all worthwhile. The joys of WP listing!
|Glossy Ibises km20 salt pans, Eilat 30th March 2016|
|Kentish Plover km20 salt pans, Eilat 30th March 2016|