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Eilat Birding Center

Eilat region  >  Israel

Eilat & Southern Arava are the most important watch point to enjoy and study bird migration along the eastern flyway between Eurasia and Africa!

Added* by Itai Shanni
Most recent update 7 October 2023

Description

Eilat is a major junction on the bird's migration flyway and one of the most important stop over sites for migratory birds in the world. The dramatic outline of the Rift Valley, and the variety of natural and man-made habitats serves as a corridor for millions of migrant birds and home for some 400 species which includes near-eastern specialties and extreme desert species like Sand Partridge, Striolated Bunting, Greater Hoopoe-Lark, Desert Lark and Crowned Sandgrouse. And full array of amazing migrants.

One of the points to visit for birding around Eilat is the Eilat Birding Center. The park (free entrance) includes a number of paths flanked by “hides” that enable visitors to observe the birds without disturbing them and which, like the park itself, are open to the general public every day of the year. Among the birds that can be seen around the Eilat Birding Center are Rosy Starling, Black-headed Bunting, Greater Flamingo, Lichtenstein's Sandgrouse, Little Crake, Black-winged Stilt, Marsh Sandpiper, Gull-billed Tern, Caspian Tern, Black Stork, Little Bittern, Blackstart, White-throated Kingfisher, Penduline Tit, Moustached Warbler, Red-throated Pipit and many species of ducks, herons, plovers, waders, flycatchers and birds of prey.

Details

Access

The Eilat Birding Center is located just north of Eilat. From the Arava Highway (Route no. 90, between kilometer markers 14 and 15) turn eastward in the direction of the Arava border terminal. Shortly before reaching the terminal, turn right (southward), following the signs, and continue for about half a kilometer until you reach the entrance to the park. Click on the P in the map for directions or coordinates.

From Eilat: Head north as you leave the city and drive towards the Arava border terminal. Turn right and follow the signs to the park.

Terrain and Habitat

Desert , Steppe , Plain , Wetland

Conditions

Flat , Dry , Open landscape , Dusty

Circular trail

Yes

Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring , Spring migration , Winter , Autumn , Autumn migration

Route

Paved road , Unpaved road

Difficulty walking trail

Easy

Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle , Car

Birdwatching hide / platform

Yes

Extra info

Israel’s Arava region is an important bird migration route between Europe and Africa, and it is estimated that between five hundred million and one billion birds traverse its skies during the migration seasons. En route many of them stop over in Eilat. In the autumn, on their way to Africa, the birds pause to rest and regain their strength before crossing the deserts that lie before them; and in spring, on their journey to Europe, they stop to recuperate after their desert odyssey.

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