Ibis chauve: Zoom sur la dernière population sauvage du Maroc

L’ibis chauve (Geronticus eremita) est une espèce d’oiseau en danger critique d’extinction, du fait de ses faibles effectifs et de son aire de répartition réduite. Aujourd’hui, la dernière population sauvage reproductrice au monde occupe la bande littorale atlantique du sud-ouest marocain, au niveau du Parc National Souss-Massa (PNSM) et des falaises de Tamri. Depuis 1991,… Read More »

Rüppell’s Vulture wing-tagged at Jbel Moussa

An exhausted Rüppell’s Vulture (Gyps rueppelli) was recovered in northern Morocco. After a period of rehabilitation, it was marked with wing-tags ‘M1’ and released at Jbel Moussa on 3 September 2016. Un Vautour de Rüppell épuisé a été récupéré au nord du Maroc. Après une période de soigne, il a été marqué par des marques alaires ‘M1’ et relâché… Read More »

Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis) at Melilla

A Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis) was observed and photographed at Melilla on 13 November 2016 by José Vazquez Tortosa and Diego Jerez Abad. This is the first record for the city of this accidental species, originating in the Arctic tundra. There have been five previous observations in Morocco for this species. Bruant des neiges (Plectrophenax… Read More »

صيادون يقتلون النسر الأسمر المحمي بالقانون في شمال المغرب

مرة أخرى النسر الأسمر يقع ضحية صياد جاهل ومغرور. لمذا قتل؟ هل يؤكل كما يؤكل الحجل مثلاً، أم أنه طائر ضار قد أضر بالفلاحة وما إلى ذلك؟ لا ثم لا. هذا الطائر و جميع انواع النسور الاخرى تتغذى على الجيف، أي على العكس تماما تقوم بتنظيف الطبيعة من بقايا الحيوانات الميتة وبهذا تحد من إنتشارالأمراض… Read More »

Vulture migration at the Strait of Gibraltar

The following chronicle describes the experience of Juan Ramírez Román and his friend Antonio Román Muñoz in northern Morocco. They visited the area between 2 and 4 November to witness vulture migration, and also made a short visit to lower Loukkos marshes. Both the English summary and the detailed Spanish version below were written by… Read More »

Birding at Oualidia & Pied Crow at Mhamid

A Great Egret (Grande aigrette – Casmerodius albus) photographed at Sidi Moussa on 19 October 2016 by Ruth Garcia Gorria. In the photo below we can also see (in the foreground) that the wetland is full of waders at the moment. This post will updated regularly with interesting observations from Sidi Moussa-Oualidia wetland complex. Also… Read More »

Demoiselle Crane (Grus virgo) at Oran, Algeria

A Demoiselle Crane (Grus virgo) was found by the Civil Protection personal at the port of Oran, western Algeria in January 2016. It was taken to the Oran section of the Forest Conservation Service where it was helped to recover its strength. In mid-February, it was released in a daya (intermittent wetland) where some individuals… Read More »

Autumn breeding by Black-bellied Sandgrouse and Laughing Dove in North Africa

Black-bellied Sandgrouse (Pterocles orientalis): A clutch of two eggs of the Black-bellied Sandgrouse (Ganga unibande) was photographed two days ago near Oued Massa, Tiznit region, southern Morocco by Mohamed Bargache. Available data up to early 2000s as summarized by Thévenot et al. (2003): egg-lying in Morocco is usually from end April to June, sometimes later… Read More »

Record breeding year for Eleonora’s Falcon at Mogador islands: 1217 nests

A recent census of the breeding population of the Eleonora’s Falcon (Falco eleonorae) at Essaouira archipelago carried out by members of GREPOM led by Prof Abdeljebbar Qninba has shown once more the healthy status of this population. The census was carried out in the framework of PIM-Initiative, launched jointly by the Morocco’s Forestry Administration (HCEFLCD)… Read More »