Rüppell’s Vulture migration in northern Morocco, spring 2015

By | 10 June 2015

Four Rüppell’s Vultures (Gyps rueppellii) observed less than 2 hours ago west of Fnideq (near Jbel Moussa) on the Strait of Gibraltar. I received a phone call from Rachid El Khamlichi who told me that he had only binoculars but his camera was not with him. Luckily he had a small compact camera which was well used to take the photo below. Rachid said also that there is a chance they may cross the Strait today.

The Rüppell’s Vultures (1 was flying and 3 were perched on the ground with Griffon Vultures), were seen near a presumed carcass (not found despite searching because the landscape was difficult and also the vegetation was dense).

Until now, 8 Rüppell’s Vultures were observed in this spring.

Update:

The group of Rüppell’s and Griffons did not cross the Strait on same day but stayed at Jbel Moussa where they spent the night of 11 May as well.

One of the Rüppell’s Vultures photographed by a ‘compact camera’, 10 June 2015 (Rachid El Khamlichi).

One of the Rüppell’s Vultures photographed by a ‘compact camera’, 10 June 2015 (Rachid El Khamlichi).

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