|Cats were originally native to the Middle East, and are still viewed here as animals to be respected and well-treated.|
Semi-tame cats often live around people, and beg at restaurants or picnic areas. Here's one at a dumpster.
|This cat lives in the outdoor dining area of our hotel in Eilat.|
Also looks well-fed and well groomed, though it probably doesn't
"belong" to anyone, and is definitely a begging type.
First thing this morning, we went up to another mountain top hoping to see more migrants and local species of birds. This is where we were and one of the birds we saw: another species of wheatear:
Unfortunately it's a hot day, and fewer birds than usual are out in the open or flying over. Our second birding spot was the International Birding and Research Center, Eilat. We saw a tiny warbler that had just been banded, and waited at the salt ponds of the refuge for some of the other birds that have recently been seen here, but it was a slow day for birds.
|Many fanciful sculptures and art works are displayed on the grounds of the bird observatory.|