This part of North Africa also has to be the best place in the world to see the Sand Cat. A species that until fairy recently was a notoriously difficult mammal to see in the wild.
However, regardless of the above specialities, for me the region is just as exciting for its incredible migration spectacle. There is something about seeing migrants in the desert that just re-affirms how amazing migration is and what an incredible journey it is for many birds. There is also the excitement of simply not knowing what is going to appear from the next patch of habitat. Whether that be in the desert or a tiny park in the centre of Dakhla!
Just some of the highlights of the migration can be seen below:
Many more photos can be found on Peter Alfrey's Blog HERE
|The desert landscape near the small settlement of Aousserd.|
|White-spotted Bluethroat - We saw at least a dozen different birds during our week, seemingly co-inciding with a number of UK records.|
|White-spotted Bluethroat - According to HBW Alive, In North Africa, cyanecula (White-spotted form) is commoner|
on passage, and almost all birds wintering there are cyanecula too.
|European Bee-Eater - Small flocks of between 20-50 birds were recorded daily in the desert.|
|Black Kite - Up to 250+ birds were seen on one day migrating through the desert. Interestingly, they seemed to be avoiding the coast.|
|Marsh Harrier - A common sight with small numbers seen moving through on a daily basis.|
|Montagu's Harrier - Three birds were recorded and just one beautiful male above.|
|Western Orphean Warbler - 3 birds seen feeding in the many Acacia trees near Laglatt.|
|Common Nightingale - 1-3 birds recorded in the various bits of habitat in the desert and on the coast.|
|Tree Pipit - A commonly seen species in any bit of suitable cover.|
|Woodchat Shrike - A common migrant in any suitable bit of cover.|
|Wryneck - Small numbers encountered in the desert and on the coast.|
|Bluethroat - One of the many seen|
|Eurasian Bittern - A crazy sight in the desert!|