My name is Adam Rosenfeld, I am 18 years old, and I live in Jerusalem, Israel. My interest in birds began when I was a small kid, maybe four or five years old, when doing nature hikes with my mother. I did my first research on birds when I was in first grade. It was about the structure of the feathers of different birds. I still keep it in my drawer. As a child, we used to go birdwatching several times a year at the Hula Lake and at the fish ponds and nature reserve at Kibbutz Maagan Michael, near the beach. It is in these sites where I became familiar with herons, cranes, pelicans, kingfishers, seagulls, and so many other species, and where I first learned about the migration flyways.
Later on I became especially interested in prey birds, particularly the short-toed eagle, the golden eagle, and the osprey and followed these birds in several sites in Israel. When I was in 9th grade I joined the Jerusalem Zoo’s youth movement and shortly after began to work as a volunteer at the Zoo’s bird’s department. During 10th grade I spent most of my free time volunteering there, especially at the prey-birds exhibit, where we have different species of eagles, biblical vultures (facing risk of extinction) and more. During 11th grade, I continued to volunteer on weekends and also worked there as a part time job.
Last year, I joined the photography program in school and started to take pictures of birds. During the migration season I did bird watching almost every day at the Jerusalem Birds’ Observatory of the Society for the Protection of Nature. I came there early in the morning with the camera, waited for the birds and took photos. This year (12th grade) I am doing my final photography project on water birds and desert birds. This is my second time in the Champions of the Flyway; I am so excited about it. It is a wonderful opportunity to watch birds with people from all over the world and our chance to help save the Steppe Eagles!