An Israeli-Palestinian birding team

May 27, 2014 13:15

An Israeli-Palestinian team wins, and gives up, Israel’s first ever international birding competition.


Ornithologist Yossi Leshem participates in the ‘Champion of the Flyway’ international birding competition in Eilat in early April. (photo credit: NATI SHOHAT / FLASH 90)

The car of the Israeli-Palestinian birding team arrives at the salt marshes north of Eilat with the sound of spitting gravel and a cloud of dust. The Palestine Sunbirders, as they call themselves, started the race at 3:30 a.m. in chilling desert temperatures, always a good omen for a morning happily chirping with birds.

Twelve hours later after sharing information with some other teams, they are surprised to discover that they have a good shot at winning Israel’s first ever “Champions of the Flyway” international birding competition.


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