November 11-18, 2012
Did you know that the Hula Valley, in northern Israel, is home to over 500 million passing migratory birds, and is one of the most important migratory spots in all of the Middle East?
If you happen to be visiting Israel between November 11 and November 18, than there are ample opportunities to attend this festival held by the Israel Ornithological Center, a nonprofit organization, which seeks to highlight the excellent bird watching sites in Northern Israel as well as plentiful opportunities for professional and amateur photography.
Only the second festival to ever be held, the 2011 festival had participants from 12 countries abroad, and was booked solid weeks in advance. 2011’s festival recorded at least 200 types of birds and 15 mammals, and 2012 promises more exciting opportunities for sightings and photography. Festival participants visit various nature reserves and parks in Northern Israel, such as the Hula Nature Reserve, Mount Hermon (the highest point in all of Israel,) the Gamla Nature Reserve in the Golan Heights and more.
This year the festival will have guest speakers, films about the Hula Valley, photography workshops and plenty of bird watching and hiking tours. Nature lovers, bird watchers and enthusiasts and professional and amateur nature photographers alike should definitely take advantage of this rare opportunity to see Common Cranes, Waterfowl, White Pelicans, Ducks, Kingfishers, Greater Spotted and Eastern Imperial Eagles, Pallid Harriers, Pygmy Cormorants, painted frogs (which were assumed extinct until sighted in 2011,) and numerous plant and mammal species will all be present for viewing and photographing.
Every day promises exciting array of events and activities for Festival Participants:
Sunday, November 11, 2012:
Guest arrive at the festival and will get an opening day birding and wildlife tour in the Agamon Hula KKL Park from between 2:30 p.m. until nightfall.
Monday, November 12, 2012:
The entire day will be spent exploring the Hula Valley, from sunrise until sunset, including breakfasts and lunch breaks. The touring will include viewing fishponds, wetlands, Kingfishers, Waterfowl and Raptors.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012:
There are tours for the entire day to the Hermon Mountain and Northern Golan or morning and afternoon tours in the Hula Valley to choose from. Participants can come to one or all of the events.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012:
There are tours for the entire day to Ma’agan Michael as well as the Israeli coastline or morning and sunset tours at Agamon Hula KKL Park.
Thursday, November 15, 2012:
Choose between entire day tours near the Sea of Galilee and Beat Shean Valley, morning tours in the Hula Valley or afternoon tours in the upper Galilee.
Friday, November 16, 2012:
Choose between entire day tours in Gamla and the Southern part of the Golan, a sunrise tour in the Agamon Hula-KKL Park or an afternoon tour in the Hula nature park.
Saturday, November 17, 2012:
Opt to take one or both the morning tour to more obscure parts of the Northern Hula Valley and/or sunset tours of Agamon Hula-KKL Park.
Sunday, November 18, 2012:
This is the day when a majority of guests will leave for their home countries, so there will only be a short tour of the Hula Valley.
For more information about the Hula Valley Bird Festival please visit: http://www.hulabirdfestival.org/book%20photopack.htm