Sunday, April 14, 2019

Israel 2019, day nine - fur and spikes

Our early morning pre-conference session on the 30th was headlined by this little beauty - a bandit-masked, super-fast Desert Hedgehog, which we bumped into on the trak on the way to K20, with the sun still tucked behind the Jordanian mountains .....

... while the aforementioned afternoon break in Wadi Shlomo (and its Partridge entertainment) in the Eilat mountains also involved a close encounter with a small roaming group of Nubian Ibex, a rapidly declining and localised species that is seen less and less in these, its traditional and natural environs.