Kids’ Game

Yossi Eshbol's Image

Yossi knew the ibex herd took the same route to find water and food every morning, so he was in position before first light. On cue, the ibex appeared. The adults walked nimbly around the cliff edge, but the kids couldn’t resist jumping over the ravine as ‘a game’, Yossi recalls. ‘This one bleated a few times then found the courage.’

Nubian ibex are a type of wild goat. They live in rocky mountains, deserts and shrublands, foraging for grasses and other plants to eat. The population of these nimble creatures is decreasing. The causes are the same as for so many other species: habitat loss, hunting and, most recently, drought.

Behind the lens

Yossi Eshbol

Yossi Eshbol


After working as a bird guide for the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel since the 1970s, Yossi became an independent documentary photographer in 1994. His photographs have been published in Israel and around the world in exhibitions, international photography competitions, photographic books, newspapers and textbooks.

Image details

  • Nikon D4S
  • 24–70mm f2.8 lens at 70mm
  • 1/2000 sec at f3.5  •   ISO 3200
  • Negev Mountains, Israel
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