Wed.Aug 05, 2020

Hawking for Nighthawks

10,000 Birds

Just under a fortnight ago, I saw a report on the local bird alert of a sighting of a group of approximately 20 Nacunda Nighthawks at a wetland not more than 20 minutes from where I live. Even though I had seen these cryptic austral migrants before, there was no way I was going to pass up an opportunity that was this close to home. Especially as we were at the time about to experience a rapidly advancing tropical storm. Striated Heron in breeding plumage – extra plumes and blue lores.

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“We’ll stop cutting trees” part of Tel Aviv’s climate action plan

Green Prophet

Spend a few years or a dozen in a coastal city like Tel Aviv or Beirut and you’ll see how in a short time the season’s have changed. Tel Aviv this winter experienced an unprecedented level of flooding (we told you so) , which killed two people and left people kayaking down the streets looking for stranded people in cars. The City Hall of Tel Aviv Jaffa says it has a plan, giving that the annual number of super hot days will increase by 30 in the next 10 years.

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More Favorite Things

10,000 Birds

A couple of weeks ago, I shared some of my favorite photos from my several years of birding. They are certainly not good enough to get me close to the world of professional wildlife photographers, but each is special to me in its own way. Between my recent trip to see waterbirds on a lake that, as it turned out, had mostly dried up, a strangely unproductive trip to one of my new sites, and a dreary, drizzly Monday out, I don’t have much to show for my last three outings.

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