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