As you may have read previously, on Monday my visiting daughter and her toddler and I drove down to the Dead Sea for a scientific conference.
Tuesday I woke to the lovely sight of two birds strolling on the balcony of our hotel suite.
Grab the camera for a Camera Critters photo op.
It was 7:26, the sun was up, and the day quite clear.
By 3:30 it looked like this!
Brown air, hard to breathe. A major dust storm.
Down at the pool the wild wind was toppling everything not bolted down.
In this close-up of the bird on our railing, you can see the wind ruffling his feathers on the left side.
The bird in the last two photos with the orange tipped wings is a Tristram's Starling (aka Tristram's Grackle).
This species is named after Reverend Henry Baker Tristram, the Englishman who did a lot of exploring of the Dead Sea region between 1858 and 1872.