Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Morocco, Birds and things!

Common Bulbul joins us for breakfast!
Just arrived back home from guiding/leading yet another tour and what a contrast Morocco is from the last 2 tours in Costa Rica. I am always amazed at the diversity of this North African country, from the plains of the Atlantic Coast and northern interior, to the High Atlas Mountians and their snow covered peaks and then a descent to the rock and sand deserts that form the Moroccan Sahara. Staggering scenery, wonderful nature, superb accommodation and culinary delights to please the most discerning of tastes, makes me hungry just thinking about the food! I am posting up a few photographs to give you a feel for the country, not just the nature, but also scenery. The winter scenes in the High Atlas contrast sharply with the desert sands and their heat, so I hope you enjoy this offering, whilst a full trip report will follow at some point in the near future (famous last words).

Erg Chebbi dune complex
Our route in the High Atlas Mountains - breathtaking!
Spotted Sandgrouse entertained us in the southern deserts
Mountains were a feature of the eastern desert landscape
House Bunting (male) was an ever-present and cheerful companion
Roaming Camels file across the stone deserts beneath the Sahara Mountains
Staggering rock formations found in the Gorges de Dades
Ruddy Shelduck took advantage of temporary stands of water
The Palmeries near to Zagora held diverse birdlife
The High Atlas Mountains dusted with late snowfalls
Atlas Horned Lark seemed at home in the snow
I hope you enjoyed this brief, but varied, look at the journey we made into the middle and southern reaches of Morocco? Please do comment and why not consider joining me next March (2015)? The link to our next Safari Tour HERE

Why not join Peter on one his Day Tours? See Links below.

Serranía de Ronda – My Mountains – for further information read HERE

Osuna – Steppe Country – for further information read HERE

Campillos - Mountains to Lagoons - for further information read HERE

Strait of Gibraltar - Migration, wetlands and so much more read HERE

1 comment:

Mary Cromer said...

The House Bunting and Sandgrouse, both completely new to me and absolutely stunning birds. I had to take a double take on your lead in image. Too funny, too sweet.