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Southern Arava, 29/Dec/06
On the Dec 29th, I traveled south to the Arava valley following a report by Noam Weiss of a juvenile White-Tailed Eagle at the K19 sewage pool. Wild White-tailed Eagles are rare in Israel, with 1-2 records per year. The majority of birds seen in the Hula valley and Golan heights are Dutch birds that were released as part of a re-introduction program.
The morning started at the K20 pools, where I searched for the Eagle. Around the pools I noticed a male Merlin, some ~300 Common Shelducks and the many other usual winterers in the pools (Flamingos, Pintails, Teals, Dunlins, etc…).
As I headed towards K19, I noticed a huge Raptor coming in from the Jordanian side towards the K19 pools - there was no question about the identity of this raptor, and soon I watched the 1st year White-tailed Eagle resting on the K19 pool area. I tried to get close to the bird, but it was scared away by a truck passing by and flew back to the Jordanian side where it landed next to a juvenile Imperial Eagle.
I headed back north to Yotvata's circular field, from where a Buff-bellied Pipit, my main target species, was reported.
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