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MOROCCO

Saturday 27th April - Saturday 11th May 2013

Daniel Lopez-Velasco

Egyptian Nightjar (Daniel Lopez-Velasco)

Egyptian Nightjar (Daniel Lopez-Velasco)

Morocco offers some of the best birding in the Western Palearctic, and this year’s tour excelled in many ways. In little more than two weeks we managed to see almost all the specialities, plus many migrants and even a few rarities. In terms of numbers, 235 species was the second best total we have ever seen in Morocco in 25 years! But of course, it’s the quality that counts, and as well as the usual 14 species of lark (including the very secretive Dupont’s Lark), eight species of wheatears and 20 species of warbler (including Tristram’s and Western Orphean), we saw delights as Northern Bald Ibises, Eleonora’s Falcons, Houbara Bustard, Spotted and Crowned Sandgrouse, Moussier’s Redstarts, Desert Sparrows and Crimson-winged Finches, amongst many more wonderful species.

Spotted Sandgrouse (Daniel Lopez-Velasco)

Spotted Sandgrouse (Daniel Lopez-Velasco)