|Adult Egyptian vulture. Photo by H. Rayaleh|
Compared to our earlier trip, the weather conditions on March 19 were better. Migration started after 0800, with the arrival of Egyptian Vultures flying very low over the lagoon mainly from the west. And from 0815 to 1030 we counted 459 EGVs, 900 Booted Eagles, 541 unidentified raptors (probably mostly EGVs and Booted Eagles; 1 Saker Falcon landed next to us followed by a Levant Sparrowhawk.
During that time it seemed to us that the volcanic cone was totally shaded by the large number of raptors flying above it, before they crossed the strait to Yemen.