Star-studded Birding in Morocco; Can We Pap a Pode..?

Birding in north-western Morocco has been bringing us a wealth of avian ‘A’-listers, and now we were headed for the beautiful little gem of Oualidia in search of the ultimate reclusive star bird, the Andalusian Hemipode. Thought extinct, the small population that breeds here was rediscovered in the 2000s. On the neighbouring farmland, in 2007,Continue reading “Star-studded Birding in Morocco; Can We Pap a Pode..?”

Star-studded Birding in Morocco; Finding the Cream of the Coursers

Avian ‘A’-listers abound in north western Morocco, and we were on a mission to meet – and hopefully pap – them with wildlife photographer and artist Tony Mills. Having bathed with dreamy Eleonora’s Falcons in Essaouira, our ‘Choc & Pode’ tour took us north along the coast road to the heath and farmland around Safi.Continue reading “Star-studded Birding in Morocco; Finding the Cream of the Coursers”

Star-studded Birding in Morocco; Up Close With Eleonora’s Falcons

The House Buntings flitting around our feet were helping to build our excitement as we eagerly awaited wildlife photographer Tony Mills at Marrakech airport. For the next week we’d be taking Tony – a glutton for punishment now on his third trip with us – on a whirlwind tour of north-western Morocco, Inshallah, studded withContinue reading “Star-studded Birding in Morocco; Up Close With Eleonora’s Falcons”

Very Important Puffinus

Unless there’s a moth trap or a night out with the Next Generation Birders involved, there’s normally only one 5 o’clock in our day! But this morning we had a great reason to haul ourselves out before daybreak. We were to spend it helping out our friends at Fundacion Migres surveying Balearic Shearwaters as theyContinue reading “Very Important Puffinus”

6 Mega Moments that will have you booking the next flight to the Straits!

There’s so much to see here in the Straits of Gibraltar it’s sometimes hard to know where to start!  Every day is different and that’s what makes it so special – for every group or person we show around there are special birding moments we get to share with them.  Here’s a selection from theContinue reading “6 Mega Moments that will have you booking the next flight to the Straits!”

Meet Fundacion Migres, Bartolo the Eagle Owl and a whole lotta vultures

This morning was the last day of the trip we were guiding for our Honeyguides group, so a good opportunity to meet Lola and Alijandro at Fundacion Migres, our conservation partners and the organisation benefitting from a donation from the trip’s proceeds. En route to our meeting we treated the group to a swift detour to visit aContinue reading “Meet Fundacion Migres, Bartolo the Eagle Owl and a whole lotta vultures”

Urban birding in Morocco!

Our tour group from Honeyguides had enjoyed their sample of urban birding in Spain, now it was time to hit ’em with the hard stuff!  As we set out for breakfast in downtown Larache, they were in for another urban birding treat.  The café, under the arches of the promenades surrounding the town square, was rightContinue reading “Urban birding in Morocco!”

A Herculean day’s birding!

As our boat arrived at Ceuta harbour on the coast of North Africa, we admired a statue of Hercules parting the twin pillars of the Rock of Gibraltar and the Jebel Musa mountain in Morocco.  For the ancient European civilisations, these two landmark rocky monoliths represented the gateway out of the Mediterranean and into theContinue reading “A Herculean day’s birding!”