Photographer's Note

After about half an hour drive from where the previous photo was taken, we arrived at the Hula reservoir.

The Hula Reservoir is a relic of the Hula Lake and surrounding swamp area, spanning on about 25000 acres. In 1951 the National Jewish Fund decided to drain the lake and swamps in order to combat malaria and create more areas for agricultural activity. The drainage process was finally completed in 1958, leaving only 800 acres of wet land.
In 1993 JNF returned to the Hula Valley at the head of a large-scale, environmental rehabilitation program, making the swamp a reservoir, and a haven to migrating birds and other swamp creatures (sorry, no gators here...). Autumn, the main migration period, sees the mass arrival of pelicans, herons, storks, cranes, birds of prey etc. Some 25,000 cranes alone arrive in the autumn and some 10,000 spend the winter there.
Nowadays, an additional area is being swamp in order to facilitate more birds and animals.
There is a beautiful 1.5 KM trail around the reservoir, from which I will bring you photos over the next days. This photo was taken at the beginning of the trail, showing some of the swamp area, the surrounding mountains and one heron that was reluctant to stay and pose for me.

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Additional Photos by Liora Tzur (Liora) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1152 W: 142 N: 323] (1857)
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