Shepherds have quite an impressive ability to herd large groups of sheep. Sometimes the whole herd must be moved, and if you’ve ever been around when it’s happening you know how intensive it can be.
Some herds have hundreds or even thousands of sheep, and getting them to move in a seamless, choreographed manner can be challenging.
While it looks impressive from the ground, watching a large herd of sheep move from above is even more stunning.
Drone photographer Lior Patel captured the formations of a herd of 1,000-1,7000 sheep moving through the Peace Valley region of Yokneam. It took him seven months to get the footage, but the time-lapse he created with it is captivating.
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The herd he captured from above is managed by vegetable farmer Michael Morgan and herder Keith Markov, according to COLLASAL. They’ve been working with the herd of sheep since 1985, and each year, they move the sheep as far as 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) from their winter pasture to their summer pasture.
Of course, moving such a large group does require a few additional hands, so they employ the help of shepherds Dan Goldfinger, Mustafa Tabash, Eyal Morgan, and Mahmoud Kaabiyah, along with a team of border collies.
According to COLLASAL, Patel said, “The shepherd dogs are an experience in themselves and everything is directed by Mustafa and his family who welcomed me every visit with open arms.”
In the footage, Patel captured the flow of the sheep as they cross roads, navigate fields, and create fascinating formations. From above, it looks like the sheep are one large unit – a single organism ebbing and flowing to its surroundings.
Patel explained to COLLASAL that one of the challenges with capturing the footage was to “understand the elasticity of the herd during movement, its dispersal during grazing, and how it converges into one tight pack towards exit/return from pasture and crossing roads and paths.”
Watch the footage he captured below:
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