8 comments on “The Birds I Saw in Israel

    • Thanks Donna, yes it is a life changing experience to visit Israel in all its many facets, and so surprising to see life in the dry desert regions. They even have plantations of fruit as well as dates out in these regions also, in the white soils, it is quite amazing.

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  1. What an interesting trip you had to all these places with so much Christian history ~ and many beautiful birds! The experience of “lounging” in the Dead Sea must have been very special! I noticed that the bird I saw in Nairobi might have been the Red Kite. And the white morph of the Western Reef Heron looks very much like our Snowy Egret…we live in a small world 🙂 Have a beautiful weekend, my friend.

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    • Thanks so much Tiny, yes the Dead Sea swim was a real highlight, such an unusual experience. True the similarities in our birds is noticeable, we just name them differently at times. Most of our birds were named after the English birds due to the English settlement, though some of our unique birds have traditional Australian names, such as the Currawong and Kookaburra. So glad you were spared from the hurricane, enjoy your spring weekend:-)

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  2. What an interesting post Ashley, and it’s good to revisit and remember your early birding days. I think it’s interesting that there are some birds that are very similar all over the world, like the magpie, and that rock hyrax looks like a very interesting animal. Hope you feel better soon and can get out and about again on your birding quests.

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    • Thanks so much Sue for your kind words, I am feeling better after a weeks holiday away up north visiting some of my family. Yes I agree the magpie does look a lot like ours,. Have a an interesting and peaceful week:-)

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  3. Thanks David, yes it is amazing how these birds live there in such arid areas. The experience of floating on the Dead Sea is quite fascinating. I found it almost impossible to stand up when you lie on the water due to the high specific gravity. IT is amazing being able to lift your limbs and head out of the water but not sink. You just have to be careful not to splash the water as it is extremely painful in the eyes.

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  4. What an exciting revisit. Intruiging to see how many of the birds are able to deal with that somewhat arid area near the Dead Sea. not so dead it seems! 🙂
    Can’t imagine what it would be like to bathe in a really saly enviroment.
    Thanks for sharing.

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