Hundreds of thousands of birds arrive in Israel as part of migration season

Jewish National Fund experts say over 150,000 birds of prey representing 27 various species that make up the migration flocks caught on camera by nature enthusiasts

Noa Fischer|
As they do every year during the fall, hundreds of thousands of birds began arriving Israel as they migrate to warmer climates for the winter.
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  • Bird watcher Yigal Siman Tov from the Jewish National Fund positioned his camera near the central Israeli city of Kfar Saba to snap some rare photos of the visitors.
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    European bee-eater
    European bee-eater
    European bee-eater
    (Photo: Yigal Siman Tov)
    By a count in the area, some 151,080 birds of prey representing 27 different species and tens of thousands of others, including pelicans and storks, were caught on video.
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    pelicans
    pelicans
    Pelicans
    (Photo: Yigal Siman Tov)
    "We are at the peak of the fall migration with an abundance of bird species arriving from the north," Yaron Charka from JNF said.
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    Eurasian sparrowhawk
    Eurasian sparrowhawk
    Eurasian sparrowhawk
    (Photo: Yigal Siman Tov)
    "Hundreds of thousands of birds of prey, pelicans and storks are among those crossing the country. A large part of them moves on westward and park for a time in the center of the country. Because of the immense importance of this migration route, we conduct a yearly survey lasting over six weeks, focusing on the birds of prey in the area."
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