A-birding we will go

The 3rd annual Hula Bird Festival brought together bird lovers and birdwatchers, both Israeli and international, photographers and of course flocks of migrating birds.

Mid-November is the peak of the migratory season for birds that pass through our region. Their passage is celebrated at the Hula Bird Festival, which was held for the third year in a row last week and attended by local and international birdwatchers, photographers and just plain bird lovers.

The Hula — the low lying Beit Shean and Yizre’el Valleys –  are characterized by huge fish pond complexes and reservoirs and large expanses of agricultural fields. In late fall and winter the area hosts large concentrations of birds of an impressive variety.

In addition to the hundreds of Black Storks, Egrets, Spoonbills, Pallas’s Gulls and waders like the Common Redshank, there are species such as the White breasted and Pied Kingfishers, Black Francolin, Dead Sea Sparrow and Clamorous Reed Warblers.

A few images follow, courtesy of IsraelBirding.com.

Common Redshank

Photo by Yossi Eshbol

Pied Kingfisher

Photo by Hagai Nativ

Black Stork

Photo by Avi Hirschfeld

Clamorous Reed Warbler

Photo by Lior Kislev

Dead Sea Sparrow

Photo by Lior Kislev

About Rachel Neiman

A veteran media professional who has lived in Israel since 1984, Rachel has been part of the ISRAEL21c organization since 2008. Prior to that, she served as managing editor of Globes Online, the English-language edition of Israel’s leading business daily, and before that, at The Jerusalem Post, as a business reporter, feature writer, and consumer columnist. Rachel began writing about Israeli technology companies at LINK Israel’s Business and Technology Magazine and is a professional Hebrew to English translator. In her spare time, she is an active member of the Havurat Tel Aviv congregation, and the Holyland Hash House Harriers, part of an international running and drinking disorganization.