Saturday, April 26, 2014

Beginner's luck

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Early Friday morning I went to the monthly program of Ben Gurion Heritage Institute at Kibbutz Sde Boker.
Before his lecture about bird migration our guide, Meidad Goren, took us down into the spectacular Ein Avdat canyon to watch birds.
It was my first visit and I was very excited.
I was even excited about the hairpin curves of the steep road that led down to the valley floor and to the entrance to the nature reserve.


I was snapping pictures from the bus window at every turn.
Only back home, looking at the downloaded photos, did I suddenly see animals in the center of this one!
What luck!
A baby ibex trying to get up behind mama ibex on the top of a narrow ridge, right there in the middle of nowhere!

You'll have to click on the photo, and then once again, to get it large enough to see the sweet mountain goats.


If ibex come near you inside the canyon, do not feed them.


Oh, and also "do not annoy the wild animals."
: )

(Linking to Camera Critters and to Signs, signs.)

See more about ibex at http://jerusalemhillsdailyphoto.blogspot.co.il/2013/11/ibex-free-and-friendly.html
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15 comments:

Adullamite said...

Don't
Don't
Don't

But have fun!

William Kendall said...

Ah, there they are!

It's a stark, beautiful canyon. Tremendously appealing.

Birdman said...

I'm not a big bird watcher, but I would have journeyed along with you on this day.

Nadege said...

I would have loved to be in the bus with you. I am hoping one day to make it to Israel.

Sara said...

Don't you love these serendipitous surprise photos! Looks like a very interesting outing. I enjoyed viewing all those hairpin curves and that desert wilderness too; thanks for sharing.

Suzanne said...

Hey-no problemo with annoying the wild animals. I try to respect wildness at all cost. What a great field trip. Looking forward to hear more about the bird migration.

Hilda said...

Stark but beautiful landscape. Great catch on the ibex, too.

VP said...

In my vocabulary sweet and goat can't go in the same sentence...

Kay said...

I do definitely try not to annoy wild animals as much as I can.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

It's always a special gift to download your photos and find something you didn't realize you'd snapped. Especially when it is these cool animals. What beautiful scenery -- those roads alone would excite me! (And I would definitely obey those signs!)

Sue St Clair said...

Good tip not to annoy the animals :)

Marleen said...

You had an amazing view from the bus!

Spiderdama said...

I love the view over the desert mountain.. Great landscape!

Taken For Granted said...

Love the first sign warning that feeding the Ibex is dangerous. With those horns, I would think so.

Lesley said...

There is something odd about signs that say this place is for your pleasure, now don't do anything you might enjoy here!