Storks migrate over the desert..
(photo credit: Photo: Courtesy International Center for Bird Migr)
The bird migration season - which brings hundreds of
foreign birdwatchers to Israel but is a headache for the air force and
Ben-Gurion Airport - has already begun, according to the the
International Center for Bird Migration Research at Latrun, which is
run jointly by Tel Aviv University and the Society for the Protection
The center's radar facility at Yad Lashiryon in
Latrun warns the airport and the air force about the movements of the
large birds, which travel south from Europe and Asia in the fall,
passing over Israel to spend their winters in Africa, and vice versa in
Dr. Leonid Dinevitz, an immigrant scientist from the former
Soviet Union who used to be a general in the Russian army, operates the
radar equipment that he brought with him from his native country.
The storks and other feathered creatures that fly over Israel
cause nervousness among pilots. They also attract large numbers of
Israeli and foreign bird-lovers to the Hula Valley, where the birds are
fed and take a rest before flying on.