Saturday, May 3, 2014

Eagles riding thermals

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So there we were, in the spectacular Ein Avdat canyon, a part of the great wadi Nahal Tzin!


Having water all year round, Ein Avdat is a real oasis in the hot dry desert, a watering spot for birds and other animals and a magnet for hikers.
The path in Ein Avdat National Park is part of the Israel National Trail. 
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Our group had come for Shishi Zioni, the monthly program at Midreshet Sde Boker; and last Friday guide and bird expert Meidad Goren lectured about migrations and led us into the canyon.
We watched two fledgling humming birds in a bush and flocks of rock pigeons flying around.
We listened to the Tristram's Grackles' shrill cries.
One small chutspah-dik bird flew so close past by head I instinctively "ducked."


But most exciting was when a big Bonelli's Eagle, aka  Hieraaetus fasciatus or עיט ניצי
 hopped off the cliff and took to the air!


Then two other big raptors joined it in flight!
Click on the photo once and then once again to see all three.

With binoculars we could soon see them above Kibbutz Sde Boker.
They had caught a thermal and were circling upwards in the column's warm air. 
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(See also my post about ibex in Ein Avdat.)
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(Linking to Camera Critters and Weekend Reflections.)
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17 comments:

  1. What a great tour that must have been. Looks so beautiful, love hearing about the birds.

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  2. What a dramatic scenery! And seeing all these birds must have been amazing.

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  3. Dina, that is a spectacular, stunning canyon! You capture its beauty perfectly.

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  4. Oh, wow!! I will go there, maybe in August:-)
    Beautiful pics Dina!

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  5. My bird watcher friends would really love this. And what a magnificent, stunning landscape!

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  6. Great reflection. Fantastic place a ndgreat to see the eagles

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  7. Wow! They are such majestic birds. I didn't know you had hummingbirds in Israel.

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  8. The landscape is beautiful, the eagles hard to see !

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  9. I would like to be there just now...

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  10. What a beautiful place! I wish I could walk...

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  11. What a "wild" place, stunning landscape!

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  12. What a fantastic place! I would love to take a tour there.

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