Tonight, in Almaty, is my first encounter with at least partial wifi for the last few days.
I have many stories to tell ad photos to share about our week in Uzbekistan, most of which will be when I return home.
In the meanwhile, here’s an impressio of what I felt was our best day of birding in Uzbekistan. We birded the whole day at and near Takhta-Karacha mountain pass.
The first hour of the morning at the pass was brilliant – great birds just kept coming, in golden light. It was really fun.
We continued birding the pass after another lovely picnic breakfast, then descended and checked some lower elevations.
Besides the Rufous-tailed Flyctacher I wrote about in my previous post, we had so many more birding highlights:
Stunning Red-headed Bunting
Hume’s Short-toed Lark
Indian Paradise Flycatcher
Lammergeir photobombed by Pamir Mts.
Several large flocks of Rosy Starling went over the pass very quickly:
I have been birding since the age of 9, and from the age of 15 I started working professionally in birding. I have been working for the Israeli Ornithological Center since 1998. I was a member of the Israeli rarities committee between 2001 – 2007. I have an MSc in Ecology from the Ben Gurion University. I did my research on the ecology of Nubian Nightjars in Israel, and spent hundreds of nights with these fascinating birds. I lead tours in Israel, and especially focus on Nubian Nightjars obviously. I traveled and birded Asia extensively, and also Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Africa and North America. I am married to my lovely wife Adva and father to two sons – Uri and Noam, and one daughter – Libby. Currently I live in Norwich, where I am starting a PhD project at UEA.