After last year’s success, the Third International Hula Valley Bird Festival is scheduled for November 10-17, 2013, highlighting the magnificent Hula Valley and northern Israel, which feature some of the most incredible birding destinations on Earth. Hundreds of birdwatchers from a dozen countries have already attended the festival, logging over 200 different species of birds, as well as 15 different species of mammals.
Festival participants will enjoy a full birding program that includes tours led by the leading birders and tour guides in the country, all of them specialists with intimate knowledge of the area and the birds. Highlights will include mobile tours and ringing demonstrations in the Hula Valley and throughout Northern Israel. The full birding program will be available shortly online at www.hulabirdfestival.org.
While the days are full of activity from dawn to dusk, the evenings include feature presentations on birds in the hotel lounge. Participants will be based in the Pastoral Hotel Kfar Blum, on a half board basis, and birding packages will also be available for those participants who wish to arrange their own accommodation.
The Hula Valley is at its best in late autumn as tens of thousands of Common Cranes and Pelicans are present as well as over 25 species of raptors. In addition, spotters may get the rare and sought after opportunity to view species such as the Greater Spotted and E. Imperial Eagles, Pallid Harrier and more. Local species such as the Black Francolin, Pygmy Cormorant and three species of Kingfishers offer extraordinary viewing and photo opportunities.
The festival is a joint initiative between The Israel Ornithological Center of the SPNI, Israel Ministry of Tourism, the International Center for the Study of Bird Migration, Latrun and the Hoopoe Foundation.
For more information: www.hulabirdfestival.org
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