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Israel's sky is busy. The white stork (Ciconia ciconia) is a frequent flyer, albeit a seasonal one. Early May marks the end of the migratory season for these beautiful birds winging it home from winter spots in Africa. We found hundreds of them resting and soaring over the Horns of Hattin (Qurûn Hattîn) yesterday.

Geographic situation and climatic diversity makes the biblical Heartland a prime spot for bird-watchers. Nearly 300 species of migrants flyover Israel/Palestine every year (see here).

After writing about African storks several weeks ago (see here), it was a delight to see these old friends again.


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