IN PHOTOS: Thousands of Cranes Flock to Israel's North

Some 42,500 flock to Israel's Hula Lake, where they pass through to Africa and go back to Europe every year.

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A picture taken on December 07, 2016 shows Gray Cranes flocking at the Agamon Hula Lake in the Hula valley in northern Israel.
More than half a billion birds of some 400 different species pass through the Jordan Valley to Africa and go back to Europe during the year. Some 42,500 Gray Cranes stayed this winter in the Agamon Hula Lake instead of migrating to Africa, taking advantage of the safety of this artificial water source. Local farmers feed the birds with corn in a bid to prevent them from destroying their agricultural fields.
Gray Cranes flocking at the Agamon Hula Lake in the Hula valley, on December 07, 2016. Credit: Jack Guez / AFP
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Gray Cranes flocking at the Agamon Hula Lake in the Hula valley, on December 07, 2016. Credit: Gil Eliahu
Gray Cranes flocking at the Agamon Hula Lake in the Hula valley in northern Israel on December 07, 2016. Credit: Gil Eliahu
A Gray Crane flying over the Agamon Hula Lake in the Hula valley as the sun rises in northern Israel on December 07, 2016.Credit: Jack Guez / AFP
Migrating cranes flock to the Hula Lake conservation area, north of the Sea of Galilee this winter, 2016.Credit: Ariel Schalit / AP
A Gray Crane taking off from the Agamon Hula Lake in the Hula valley in northern Israel December 07, 2016.Credit: Jack Guez / AFP
Gray Cranes flocking over a tractor dispersing food at the Agamon Hula Lake in the Hula valley in northern Israel on December 07, 2016.Credit: Jack Guez / AFP
Gray Cranes flocking at the Agamon Hula Lake in the Hula valley in northern Israel on December 07, 2016.Credit: Jack Guez / AFP
Gray Cranes flocking at the Agamon Hula Lake in the Hula valley in northern Israel on December 07, 2016.Credit: Jack Guez / AFP
A Gray Crane flying over the Agamon Hula Lake in the Hula valley as the sun rises in northern Israel, on December 07, 2016.Credit: Jack Guez / AFP
Migrating cranes rest on the Hula Lake Ornithology and Nature Park in northern Israel, which is a stopping point for hundreds of species of birds along their migration, December 7, 2016. Credit: Baz Ratner / Reuters
Migrating cranes are seen at the Hula Lake Ornithology and Nature Park in northern Israel, which is a stopping point for hundreds of species of birds along their migration, December 7, 2016. Credit: Baz Ratner / Reuters
Migrating cranes fly over the Hula Lake Ornithology and Nature Park in northern Israel, which is a stopping point for hundreds of species of birds along their migration, December 7, 2016. Credit: Baz Ratner / Reuters
Migrating cranes fly over the Hula Lake Ornithology and Nature Park in northern Israel, December 7, 2016. Credit: Baz Ratner / Reuters
Gray Cranes flocking at the Agamon Hula Lake in the Hula valley, on December 07, 2016.Credit: Jack Guez / AFP

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