Eagle season comes early to Israel

Spring bird migration is already well on its way in Eilat, despite the fact that it is only February, the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI) reported on Sunday.

Staff members at SPNI’s Israel Ornithological Center in the southern city have already spotted significant flocks of eagles making their way from Africa toward western Asia. Meanwhile, for the first time, the Ornithological Center is counting the number of eagles that pass through in order to determine how many of the birds pass through annually, SPNI said.

The eagles, which are birds of prey of an impressive size, spread their wings to a span of 2 meters, making use of an "air lift" of hot air, and turning in the eastern direction toward Mongolia and Kazakhstan, according to SPNI researchers. Every year, thousands of these eagles pass over Israel, they said.

Source: http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Eagle-season-comes-early-to-Israel-390365

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