This bird is quite a globe trotter, it appears in many hot and warm places of this world, tropic and subtropic. Here in Israel it is very common. It likes to breed with other species of herons, preferably near water.
Towards evening, driving home, we stopped at one of their breeding places further south, at the estuary of the Dalia river into the sea, near the Carmel beach. There is an eucalyptus grove at the edge of the water, maybe twenty or so trees. We saw hundreds of nests in them, and the egrets and other herons busily taking off and landing, coming and going. We think those black looking ones are Glossy Ibis (?מגלן מצוי), beautiful dark grey-brown-blue birds with long skinny legs, and a long down-curved beak. Their presence is more fine and graceful, a bit superior to the egrets. They are home in Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.
Photographs by Uri Eshkar.