Sharped-eyed Rony Michlin discovered on one of the Garden's trees a squacco heron nest – a very rare event in our region. Rony asked Dr Eran Amichai to photograph the nest, so we now have documentation of the happy event.Thanks to our cooperation with other Israeli zoos, we received from the Zoological Garden Nahariya three red-crested pochard (Netta rufina) ducklings that had hatched in April-May. For the time being they are in an acclimation area, far from the visitors' eyes. After they will develop a bit more and become used to their keeper, they will be moved to the water birds' enclosure and later to the open grass area. 

The two greylag goose duckling, on which we reported in the Spring 2018 Garden News, are developing nicely and will soon be released onto the open grass area. As an intermediate stage, the keepers Hadar Yosifon and Ehud Katzir have built them a spacious acclimation area that is in partly on the pond bank and partly inside the water.

This year, as almost every year, the northern bald ibis have produced nestlings. The northern bald ibis is a critically endangered species, so any event of reproduction in captivity is very gladdening. Last July we were very happy to read that this bird is starting to return to Europe's skies.

In the northern part of the main pond, near the water edge, we discovered a storks' nest. To our surprise, there were no eggs in the nest. Rather, there was a round and beautiful stone that the storks were incubating devotedly. If you look closely at the photograph you will have another surprise: the storks have used heron's wing as a building material.

on one of the hot summer days we discovered that our squirrel uses one of the stones in the thicket aviary for cooling: it lies down on it with its entire body and thus cools itself.

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