Friday 29 March 2013

MOROCCO - High Atlas

Our first full day on the Wise Birding Holidays Morocco Tour was spent in the High Atlas and we were treated to a wonderful day's birding. Highlights were many, but included 4 Levaillant's Woodpecker, 30+ Crimson-winged Finch, 40+ Horned Lark, numerous swirling Red-billed Chough and Yellow-billed Chough, an unexpected Brambling and of course the spectacular scenery!
It seemed we were just that bit too early for the hoped for Seebohm's Wheatear (race of Northern Wheatear), but we got lucky with a migrant later in the tour

The High Atlas Mountains, Oukaimeden

Atlas Day Gecko, endemic to Morocco

House Bunting

Lee entertaining the local kids

The newly converted Tea Drinker

Rock Sparrow (subspecies: Petronia petronia barbara)
Mistle Thrush (subspecies: Turdus viscivorus deisleri)

Levaillant's Woodpecker
Crimson-winged Finch

"Atlas" Horned Lark

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