Located at the interface of three continents—Europe, Asia, and Africa—Israel is at a geographic and cultural crossroads. This very special trip, organized by the Israel Ornithological Center, will be rich with birds as well as history. Although enclosed by deserts, Israel is home to Mount Hermon, the headwaters of the Jordan River, which runs along the country's eastern border and flows into lush valleys to the west. The course of the Jordan and the availability of its waters has played a role in the complex political landscape of the region. Much of the river borders areas that have been transformed into agricultural lands of wheat, corn, peanuts, and other crops. These agricultural fields are full of birds!
The trip is timed for the end of fall migration. We will see resident birds, but also the passage of migrants and a mix of African, Asian, and Mediterranean species at the edge of their range, including: thousands of Common Cranes, eagles, buzzards, harriers, falcons, and kites.
We will begin and end in Tel Aviv. Over the 12 days, we will explore the Hula Valley, the Golan Heights (Eurasian Griffon, Bonelli's Eagle, Blue Rock-thrush), the Sea of Galilee (Pygmy Cormorant, White and Black stork), the Dead Sea (Sand Partridge, Brown-necked Raven, Tristram's Starling), the Negev Desert (Macqueen's Bustard, Barbary Falcon (a race of Peregrine Falcon), Arabian Babbler, Syrian Serin, Eurasian Skylark), and, of course, the historic city of Jerusalem—where we will visit the Jerusalem Bird Observatory as well as a tour of the old city
Single supplement: $900.