Pharaoh Eagle-Owl exhibited for tourists at Marrakech

A Pharaoh Eagle-Owl (Bubo ascalaphus) exhibited for tourists at Jemaa el-Fna, Marrakech reported by Brahim Bakass on 17 April 2016 (photos 1 & 2). Brahim who was displeased by the show sarcastically commented “this is how we apply the laws protecting wildlife”. On 13 May, Halima Bousadik noted that the owl still exhibited at the… Read More »

Large group of vultures at Jbel Moussa: Cinereous, Egyptian, Rüppell’s and Griffon vultures

The bad weather condition that dominates the Strait of Gibraltar in these days has forced (again) migrating vultures to prolong their stay in the area of Jbel Moussa white awaiting the conditions to improve. In this context, Rachid El Khamlichi observed on 7 May 2016 a large concentration of these vultures at the roosting sites… Read More »

4 Golden Nightjars at Oued Jenna, Aousserd (photo)

Excellent birding observations in the Aousserd region, Western Sahara.  Peter Stronach and Bob Swann have just returned back from a trip to the region. They recorded Golden Nightjars and provided valuable details indicating the (highly probable) breeding of the species in the region. They also recorded a Sudan Golden Sparrow whilst birding at Oued Jenna (first… Read More »

Mammal notes from the Aousserd region, southern Morocco

Some mammal notes from the Aousserd region made by Prof. Abdeljebbar Qninba of the University Mohammed V-Rabat and the Association Nature Initiative (A.N.I.). These observations were made between 18 March and 6 April 2016 in the framework of the project on the “Inventory of Cultural and Natural Heritage of the Aousserd Province” run by the… Read More »

Siberian Stonechat or maurus-like bird, Morocco?

A much whiter Stonechat was briefly seen in northern Morocco while walking through dense shrubs on 4 April 2016. We both spotted the bird because of its whitish appearance, and all the following characteristics were seen in the field: 1) much white on uppertail coverts and rump, 2) large white wing patch, 3) flanks mush… Read More »