15/03/2018 - 22/03/2018 - Eilat Birds Festival






15-22 March 2018


The Eilat Birds Festival is hosted by the Israel Ornithological Center and is designed to bring together birders from the world over for an unforgettable week of birds, migration and nature during the peak of spring migration.

The 2017 festival was a one to remember. The event drew the biggest crowd we ever had and our groups consisted included a wide range of bird lovers and photographers, from birding professionals of the highest level to amateur birders, both from abroad and from Israel. Festival visitors enjoyed a full program and were joined by the participants of the 4th Champions of the Flyway race that took place immediately following the festival.





The week produced fantastic birding experiences, combining incredible raptor migration, a great show of local specialties and some good quality rarities such as Black Bush Robins, Syrian Serin and more.

Following the rainy winter the desert wadis and plains held fantastic numbers of Larks and Wheatears. Our trips included memorable mornings with Hoopoe, Temminck's and other Larks as well as good numbers of Sandgrouse.


Spring 2017 included amazing waves of Warblers including unprecedented numbers of Cyprus, E Subalpine and E Orphean Warblers besides all the common Sylvia Warblers.

The night tour to the Dead Sea was very good with several Nubian Nightjars although the Desert Tawny Owl played hard to get. The special Negev and Nizzana day was memorable with displaying Macqueen's Bustards, several species of Sandgrouse, many Cream colored Coursers, amazing White Storks migration and lot's more.

Our tours enjoyed some excellent mammals such as both Mountain and Dorcas Gazelle, Arabian Wolf, Fox, Golden Jackal and Asian wild Ass (Onager) provided that extra flavor of wilderness.


UK based WildWings are offering festival packages from the UK.   

For more information go to: www.wildwings.co.uk


Check out the daily summaries on the portal from 2017 to get a feel for the event. Please note that in the past years the Eilat festival was sold out early. One the best thing about the festival is the small size of our groups, so make sure to book your package soon. We thank our followers and many returning clients which are a testament to the fact that the Eilat Birds Festival is the best quality package for birding Southern Israel available today.


We remind you that the festival is run by a nonprofit environmental organization which means that all our proceeds go directly to bird and habitat conservation

Follow your instinct and migrate to Israel this spring, enjoy a memorable birding holiday and do your part for bird conservation as well.

See you in the field, the Eilat Festival team.








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About the Event

Organized by the Israel Ornithological Center of the SPNI, the Eilat Birds Festival brings together birders from the world over for an unforgettable birding week during the peak of spring migration in southern Israel.

Celebrating our 9th year, the Eilat Festival is now a well-established event and known in birder circles as the ultimate package for birding Southern Israel available today.
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