Kelp Gull (Larus dominicanus) at Anza, Agadir

By MaghrebOrnitho | 25 January 2016

An adult Kelp Gull or Cape Gull (Larus dominicanus vetula) found and photographed today, 25 January, at the fish factory of Anza near Agadir by Arie Ouwerkerk and Jacob Jan de Vries.

Normally, the Kelp Gull is expected at Khniffiss lagoon and along the southern Moroccan Atlantic coast, but they do occur north of Khniffiss as well.

Anza proves rewarding not only for the large numbers of gulls including many with colour-rings, but also for rarities such as this one.

Cape Gull (Larus dominicanus vetula), Anza, Morocco, 25 January 2016. (Jacob Jan de Vries)

Cape Gull (Larus dominicanus vetula), Anza, Morocco, 25 January 2016. (Jacob Jan de Vries)

Arie Ouwerkerk posted another photograph of the bird at PBase.

2 thoughts on “Kelp Gull (Larus dominicanus) at Anza, Agadir

  1. Zsombor Berenyi

    Dear Maghrebornitho and Arie,

    Can you help me to find this fish factory in Anza city on the map? Or what is the exact arabic name of the place? We are going to visit north Morocco in mid-January and birding the area where good and rare birds occurred in the past few years.

    Many Thanks & Best wishes
    Zsombor Berenyi
    Budapest, BirdLife Hungary

    Reply
    1. MaghrebOrnitho Post author

      Hi Zsombor,

      Anza is located just north of Agadir Port and is really easy to find. Anza probably means ‘rain’ in the Berber language. That said.

      The site hosts several thousands of birds, mainly Lesser Black-backed Gulls but also small number of other species as well.

      The site is very known and visited regularly by birders and gull ringers to read colour-rings. A quick search brought these links for example:

      https://gullstothehorizon.wordpress.com/2017/01/21/reading-ringed-lesser-black-backed-gulls-in-morocco-january-2017/
      http://urbanringing.blogspot.com/2013/11/finally-anza-again.html
      http://guernseygulls.blogspot.com/2010/12/morocco-agadir-gulls-part-1.html

      I wish you a nice visit and birding!
      Mohamed

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