The pecking order at Tell es-Safi/Gath

Today, I led a field trip of a small group of Bar-Ilan students to Ashkelon and Tell es-Safi/Gath, as part of a course on the Philistines and Sea Peoples. The weather was great and views were great, and as we were finishing up the tour of the Safi, I passed a very pastoral view (on the northern side of tell, near the Elah valley river bed, to the east of Area D), of a group of sheep grazing in the thick green overgrowth, and some cattle egrets (Bubulcus ibis) hopping around them, looking for some tasty bugs to eat.

But then, I looked closer and saw that while sometimes a cattle egret will stand on top of a cow or a sheep, to get a better vantage point for finding insects, I finally got an idea of the real pecking order on the tell! Two egrets on the back of one sheep!

Next, they’ll have her picking up the bugs for them!

:-0

Aren

2 thoughts on “The pecking order at Tell es-Safi/Gath

  1. JOEL TOWLER

    GREAT PICTURES, AREN! AH, THE POLITICS OF ANIMALS! IT’S ALWAYS SERENE TO SEE SHEEP OR CATTLE IN A MEADOW. ALWAYS GIVES ME A SENSE OF “THAT’S THE WAY IT SHOULD BE. ANIMALS KNOW HOW TO CHILL OUT. WE SHOULD TAKE A CUE FROM THEM.”

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