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|Mountain Goats(Ibex)in Ein Gedi nature reserve.|
The environs of Ein Gedi are an ideal spot for meeting the Ibex of the Judean desert.
Ein Gedi is a tropical oasis rich in flora and fauna whose Hebrew name means, "spring of the young goat". David fled to the caves of Ein Gedi when hiding from Saul.
The ibex is a kind of wild goat whose biblical Hebrew name is the ya'el. They are common around springs in the Negev and Judean deserts, where they are most likely to be seen nonchalantly walking along the edge of a high cliff or munching on desert foliage. Hungry ibex may even be seen perched atop acacia trees attempting to nip of the juiciest leaves.
Their agility is breathtaking, they nimbly clamber up and down even the steepest cliffs and most unstable scree slopes, walking fearlessly on the precipitous edge of the deepest abyss. Sometimes one can come across them seemingly in the middle of nowhere, out in the desert where there is no obvious spring, but evidently some water source that only wiley ibex know about.
A few decades ago the ibex were on the decline but thankfully they have been making a good recovery, thanks in part to the work of the Israeli nature reserves authority. Today Israel is home to the largest ibex herds in the world, making it probably the easiest place to see these creatures in the wild. Since the 1970s ibex have been re-introduced to parts of the Golan Heights in northern Israel. Their successful recovery has made them one of the most commonly seen animals in Israel's desert regions and the National Parks Authority has chosen an impressively horned male ibex as their official symbol.
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Hi Irit :-)
Very good picture with great colours of desert, the composition is very good and the look on the goat's face is lovely.
Very good note.
Nice photo,Irith. Very good composition - just a pity you could not get alittle closer. I find the note very useful - that is what TN is all about viz to learn more about nature.
- [2004-08-27 18:05]
A nice combination of an animal shot and a landscape. They really are well camouflaged, aren't they. Your note is very interesting.
Great capture of these goats Irith. The dusty habitat almost make the goates invisible - which of course is the reason they have that colour. Great composition. Very informative note - thanks.
Very clear image Irith, they are very well placed in their enviroment, nice one , good notes too
- [2004-09-10 10:26]
Nice Goats, cool ambiance. I like the places where's the hoofs (on the stones)!