Birds in the Holy Land / Thomas Krumenacker

”Birds in the Holy Land“- a fascinating coffee-table book celebrating Israel’s nature A Japanese princess has called the book “a gift to the world,” adding that each country should have a book like this to celebrate its birds and nature. But when the princess is the Honorary President of BirdLife International, the world’s largest nature conservation partnership, that recommendation takes on a whole new meaning. Princess Takamado of Japan has lauded “Birds in the Holy Land” by Berlin-based journalist and nature photographer Thomas Krumenacker as homage to the diversity of birds, nature in Israel and bird migration in general. see prices with shipment options down below
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”Birds in the Holy Land“- a fascinating coffee-table book celebrating Israel’s nature

 

A Japanese princess has called the book “a gift to the world,” adding that each country should have a book like this to celebrate its birds and nature. But when the princess is the Honorary President of BirdLife International, the world’s largest nature conservation partnership, that recommendation takes on a whole new meaning. Princess Takamado of Japan has lauded “Birds in the Holy Land” by Berlin-based journalist and nature photographer Thomas Krumenacker as homage to the diversity of birds, nature in Israel and bird migration in general. 

It is in many ways only surprising that it took so long for such a book to see the light of day given that Israel is arguably the most important hotspot along the migration route of birds from Europe and Central Asia to Africa. No less than half a billion birds pass through the tiny country twice a year in breathtaking numbers.

Nearly the entire global populations of some of the most charismatic bird species like the Lesser Spotted Eagle and the Levant Sparrowhawk pass over Israel. In addition, about 80 percent of the world’s populations of White and Black Storks, the entire European population of the Great White Pelican and many more species also pass here and offer unrivalled opportunities for the growing international community of birdwatchers and nature photographers. In addition, there is also a rich variety of local birds that lend themselves to observation with various degrees of ease making Israel a hidden gem for bird lovers. These include the Sooty Falcon, Bonelli’s Eagle, Macqueen’s Bustard, White-throated Kingfisher, Sinai Rosefinch, and the newly separated Desert Tawny Owl.

 

 

 

 

Thomas Krumenacker has been writing about birds in Israel for more than a decade, sometimes more for a general audience and sometimes for a more specialized readership. He is also widely regarded as a talented and acclaimed nature photographer, and it is the combination of ornithological expertise and photographic skills that makes “Birds in the Holy Land” so special or so extraordinary.

 

 

The book is a fascinating compilation from his countless trips to Israel over the years, endless hours of patience and perseverance, a boundless affinity for nature and more than a little bit of good fortune. It offers an intimate look into lives of European and Israeli birds and the rich variety of Israel’s nature.

 

”He spent days camouflaged in special hideouts he built, roamed the deserts and even rented a glider to take aerial photographs of birds during migration,” said Israel’s leading ornithologist, Prof. Yossi Leshem of Tel Aviv University.

 

 

 

 

Some of Europe’s rarest birds such as the Eastern Imperial Eagle and the Greater Spotted Eagle feature in the photographs that are elegantly spread out over the pages of the book. Some of Krumenacker’s shots are simply awesome portraits, others are so artistic that they could almost be mistaken as paintings or watercolors rather than photographs - such as the memorable series of shots of the Cranes in the Hula Valley.