Tracking in Israël
In October 2019, I went to Israel to visit Asaf Ben David, a famous Israelian tracker. In five days, I went from north to south throughout Israel to visit several tracking hot spots.
In the north I met Offer and Iris Abel. They took me to good tracking sites near Akko. Near the beach, we found some nice tracks of mongoose, jackal, snake, crab and several rodents.
The mongoose track I recognized from previous trips to Spain,
Near Akko there are fisheries. These are artificial fishponds. In the empty fishponds, we found a lot of nice and clear bird tracks.
On Friday and Saturday, I could attend the course of Asaf Ben David near Tel Aviv. The course was about animal gaits.
In between the lessons we found many tracks (for instance of turtle, snake and skink).
I was very lucky to go mud tracking in the desert on Sunday and Monday. I had rained a lot in the desert and floodings left the perfect tracking grounds in the mud. We found tracks of all kinds of rodents and birds, but also tracks of lizards, wolfs and gazelle.
Even the tracks of ants where visible in the mud:
This was a very lucky lizard, the mud went over his head, but it managed to climb out:
What an amazing time I had. I thank Asaf, Offer and Iris for this experience.
Would you like this experience too? We are organizing a trip to Israel in October 2020.
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