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The Negev Desert covers over half of Israel’s total land area.  To an untrained eye it looks devoid of wildlife, but nearly every rock formation, mound of earth or stone has its own unique ecological and natural history story to tell.

 

 

 

 

 

Negev Desert
March / April 2015

The crater walls at Miptze Ramon, (sketchbook pages)The crater walls at Miptze Ramon, (sketchbook pages)Since sharing a wealth of spectacular and dramatic experiences together on a longline tuna fishing vessel off the coast of South Africa five years ago, Meidad Goren and I have stayed in touch.  Then he was a BirdLife observer and part of the Albatross Task Force and I was pursuing an art and conservation project that culminated in the publication in 2012 of the Troubled Waters book and exhibition in support of BirdLife and the Global Seabird Programme.

Since then I've been continuing with the seabird work and pursuing other art projects.  Meanwhile, Meidad returned to Israel to work for SPNI (Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel) as manager of the Ramat HaNegev Birding Centre at Sde Boker in the centre of the Negev desert.  It wasn't long before Meidad was insisting that I visited Israel and stay at the centre so that he could show me some of the most fabulous birds and special landscapes of the Negev.  The best time, he said, was late March and early April.

Hoopoe lark feeding. Watercolour & pencil 42cm x 30cmHoopoe lark feeding. Watercolour & pencil 42cm x 30cm

Nest of long-legged buzzard.  Watercolour and pencil 42cm x 30cmNest of long-legged buzzard. Watercolour and pencil 42cm x 30cm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An article about the Negev visit appeared in the November 2015 edition of the magazineAn article about the Negev visit appeared in the November 2015 edition of the magazine