Raptor observation post at Gamla – Griffon vultures in the Golan Heights

The Gamla Nature Reserve in the Golan Heights is home to many Griffon vultures. The nature reserve has a covered observation post for watching the vultures, directly opposite a prime nesting site.

The nature reserve is unique in the number of raptors, including rare species, which make their home in the reserve. Gamla has the largest vulture colony in Israel.
The vultures were reintroduced into the Golan Heights, from breeding stations in the Galilee and Negev.  The griffon vulture has a wing span of up to 2.7 meters.

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acclimitization compound for the griffon vultures at Gamla

Other raptors which can be seen in the Gamla Nature Reserve include Bonelli’s eagle, the imperial eagle, the short toed eagle, the Egyptian vulture, and the long-legged buzzard.  Little swifts, blue rock thrush, and great grey shrike also breed in the Gamla nature reserve. The variety and number of birds make this a favorite bird watching location in Israel.

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