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Fast developing an international reputation as the best bird watching site in Israel, the Kibbutz Lotan Centre offers a range of facilities that are drawing birders away from Eilat each year. The surroundings also attract many exciting desert and migratory species. The highlights here are the likelihood of spotting:

Laughing Dove (Streptopelia senegalensis)
Pale Crag Martin (Hirundo fuligula)
Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus xanthopygos)
Crested Lark (Galerida cristata)
White-crowned Black Wheatear (Oenanthe leucopyga)
Blackstart (Cercomela melanura)
Arabian Babbler (Turdoides squamiceps)
Palestine Sunbird (Nectarinia osea
Brown-necked Raven (Corvus ruficollis)

Lesser Whitethroat (Sylvia curruca)
Blackcap (S. atricapilla)
Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita

The spectacle of Eilat however is no less wondrous. The ‘jewel in the crown’ of Israeli birding, Eilat is a fantastic and beautiful place for desert birding. This is the place to watch for Steppe Eagles on the move, a preponderance of Asian Desert Warblers and Spectacled Warblers and Pallid Swifts on migration. Great Spotted Cuckoo's have been sighted in recent times. Why not visit the Eilat Bird Festival which runs for one week every March.