Pelicans gorge on fish at reservoir in Israel

STORY: At Mishmar HaSharon, a farming kibbutz on the Mediterranean coast, fish that would otherwise have been thrown away have been dumped in a pond where thousands of pelicans flock.

Snacking there on their route south, the pelicans create noisy, crowded scenes that are in stark contrast to their Biblical image, presented in texts such as Psalm 102, as lonely wilderness birds.

Preferring an overland route to riskier skies above the sea, hundreds of millions of birds pass through Israel each migration season - in spring on their way north to Europe and Asia and later in the year back to Africa.