Honey buz­zards mi­grate through Is­rael in early May, pro­vid­ing un­ri­valled op­por­tu­ni­ties to cap­ture this no­to­ri­ously shy bird

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1 THE CLAS­SIC VIEW You’ll find honey buz­zards in the ei­lat Moun­tains. One aim is to cre­ate an im­age that hints at the vast num­ber of birds in­volved.

2 EYE-LEVEL low-level mi­gra­tion oc­curs be­tween 7-8am, after which birds be­gin to soar. the white moun­tain slopes pro­vide un­der-light­ing, like a soft­box.

3 UPPERWING SHOTS the chal­lenge is to pho­to­graph the up­per­wings of the honey buz­zards and op­por­tu­ni­ties some­times arise as late-comer birds ar­rive to roost in the evening.

4 DRINK­ING POOLS Mi­gra­tion is thirsty work, es­pe­cially if you have mi­grated from sub-sa­ha­ran Africa. so pools and reser­voirs act as mag­nets for the birds and al­low great pho­to­graphic op­por­tu­ni­ties.

5 SPEC­TA­CLE OF NUM­BERS honey buz­zards mi­grate in flocks and up­wards of 40,000 mi­grat­ing birds can be seen. suc­cess­fully de­pict­ing the scale of the mi­gra­tion is a chal­lenge.

6 PERCHED BIRDS honey buz­zards are wary and perch in trees be­fore land­ing to drink. By an­tic­i­pat­ing where birds might land, the ju­di­cious use of a hide al­lowed this im­age to be taken.

THE UL­TI­MATE HONEY BUZ­ZARD? For honey buz­zard devo­tees, the best shots are al­ways go­ing to be flight shots. here, this bird was com­ing in to land with its ‘un­der­car­riage’ down, skim­ming over wa­ter that pro­vided sub­tle un­der-light­ing through re­flec­tion.

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