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The birds are back in town!

Amazing photos capture pelicans annual fall migration to Israel's Hula Valley.


October 18, 2016 | Latest Photo Prev Next
pelicanspelicansPhoto: Jack Guez / AFP/Getty Images
October 18, 2016 | Latest Photo

It's fall, and in northern Israel, that means one thing: birds. Thousands of birds migrate through this lush region every year as they fly from Europe to Africa. Their numbers are so great that locals farmers feed the birds to prevent them from eating all the fish in commercial fish ponds. These particular pelicans (and other birds) are taking a break at a water reservoir in a town north of Tel Aviv.

great white pelicanPelicans sometimes fly more than 60 miles a day to search for food. (Photo: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

great white pelicanMore than 75,000 breeding pairs of pelicans have been observed in Israel during migration. (Photo: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

great white pelicansPelicans often team up to feed together. (Photo: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

White wagtailsWhite wagtails nest in both natural and man-made structures. (Photo: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

great white pelicanGreat white pelicans can have wingspans anywhere from seven to 12 feet long. (Photo: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

great white pelicanPelicans eat by scooping up fish and water in their bills, then draining out the water. (Photo: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

great white pelicanGreat white pelicans have webbed feet, making them well adapted to water. (Photo: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

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