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A Few Jordanian Birds – 10,000 Birds

My spouse and I had the privilege of visiting Mexican mates in Jordan in early October. These mates do work much like that which we do in Mexico, however in far more delicate circumstances. So I gained’t go into any of their private particulars.

Because it seems, birding can be barely delicate on this nation. Upon our arrival in Amman’s airport, I used to be detained within the customs space for round 1 / 4 hour. This was due, oddly sufficient, to my binoculars.

Now, I’m a mediocre sufficient photographer that I want a 600 mm lens to get photographs which might be adequate, say, for this web site. And I’ve numerous expertise with my lengthy lens drawing consideration. However nobody had ever been involved about my binos earlier than. And but, involved they had been. Even upon our departure from Jordan, I used to be knowledgeable that my ever-so-dangerous binoculars couldn’t go in my carry-on bag. Birders, be forewarned.

I’ve continuously talked about over the previous a number of weeks that our journey to the Previous World was not about birding, and that was much more true about our time in Jordan. I used to be not in a position to have any designated outings throughout our time there. However… Our mates had been keen to point out off their nation, and that did give me a couple of alternatives.

There was a Palestinian Sunbird perched in a bush alongside the highway to the Lifeless Sea. I had dearly hoped to see a sunbird, so I needed to forgive it for turning up as we whizzed by, with no digicam in my arms.

The Lifeless Sea wasn’t solely lifeless, however the birds there flew by too briefly for IDs. Nevertheless, Bethany-on-the-Jordan, the location of Jesus’ baptism, was my first shot at some actual habitat. And it supplied up one other taxonomic household I had longed to fulfill, with my first bee-eater, an Arabian Inexperienced Bee-eater. Really, Bee-eaters, as they had been fairly quite a few on the web site.

Bethany-on-the Jordan is actually a stone’s throw from Israel, which is why we had been required to stick with the group and preserve shifting. I think that if I may have stood nonetheless for a bit, and even (gasp) get lost from the group, I may have seen many extra species. Or maybe I may have gotten full photographs of my first bulbul, a White-spectacled Bulbul, or of the Desert Finches within the bushes. Because it was, I needed to accept these photographs:

A few days later, we made the compulsory (and properly value it) journey to Petra, in southern Jordan. I didn’t have to go away the Petra museum’s parking zone to get my first Petra lifer. To my relatively unexperienced eye, Tristram’s Starlings don’t seem like any starlings I had seen earlier than.

There was additionally a brand new raven for me, the Fan-tailed Raven. That one did seem like the ravens I had seen earlier than.

However my chook of the day was a member of the wheatear genus, which I had lately met in Turkey. The Mourning Wheatear was fairly much like the Japanese Black-eared Wheatear I had seen there. However I believed it was only a bit cuter. Possibly it was the pink rock background.

So, would I am going again to Jordan simply to chook? I didn’t get out sufficient to reply that query. I can say, nonetheless, that we’ll virtually actually return to assist our mates there.

However what is going to I do with my binoculars?



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