When you are located close to three continents – Europe, Asia and Africa – as Israel is, it’s no surprise that the bird life is so rich in diversity.
While peak bird watching times are often the spring and late fall, when birds migrate across the country, all year round you can find an enormous range of different species of birds living and nesting in Israel.
Some 530 species of birds have been identified in Israel. Around 200 different species nest here, while another 216 arrive in the fall, and leave in the spring. You can anything from the common house sparrow, to hawfinchs, pelicans, kingfishers, lapwings and even rare birds like the Basra Reed-Warbler.
What makes the country particularly attractive to such varied bird species is the diversity of Israel’s landscape, from the south’s parched deserts to the lush rolling hills of the Galilee, the Mediterranean, the Red Sea, and the sweet water Sea of Galilee.
To celebrate the wide variety of Israel’s bird life, we’ve put together a collection of gorgeous photographs.