This video is called Birds of the Middle East.
This is also true more to the south.
Translated from Rypke Zeilmaker in Dutch daily NRC, paper edition, 16 June 2007:
On a surface, smaller than the Netherlands, over 530 bird species have been counted, over 100 reptile species, and a hundred mammal species, including hyenas, wolves and gazelle. …
A morning in Eilat and surroundings brings tawny eagles, short-toed eagles, and hundreds of steppe buzzards circling around the chocolate-brown Eilat mountains. Also Barbary falcons, and, very rare, the Sinai rosefinch.
This species occurs only in a minefield near the Jordan border. With the help of a big torch, we can see the ghostly moth hunter. …
I leave the Eilat festival to visit Imad Atrash, director of the Palestine Wildlife Society.
He invites me to the Palestinian bird festival in Jericho on the West Bank.
Also, there is the start of the first Palestinian nature reserve on the West Bank. …
“Welcome to the oldest and lowest city in the world”, Atrash says while opening the door of his car. “Now, you will be able to see how we enjoy nature here. Usually, the media mention us only in articles about violence”.
Differently from Eilat, on the West Bank I will not see a battalion of birdwatchers with telescopes, Atrash says beforehand. “The Israeli army does not allow us to use binoculars for watching bird migration”, he says. “They see that as espionage. So, we cannot always recognize species while counting migratory birds”.
Palestine: The environmental impact of Israel’s military occupation: here.
For years south Jordan River was closed military zone. Local wildlife only benefited, but will this continue? Here.
Israeli Air Force Fighter Pilots Dodge Migrating Storks: here.
Reducing conflict between Israel’s air force and migratory birds – podcast: here.
Israel Hopes To Attract Flocks Of Bird Watching Tourists By Building New Ornithological Centers: here.
Palestinian under 19 football team not admitted to Britain: here.
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