Spanish Imperial Eagle at Rissani, eastern Morocco

By | 30 June 2016

A Spanish Imperial Eagle (Aquila adalberti) photographed and recorded in video in the Rissani region, eastern Sahara by Deirdre Robinson on 15 March 2016. The eagle was initially perched on post with wide white wing patches visible, soared over rocky desert for several minutes with good views of white leading edge of wings. Deirdre was in a NatureTrek Birding tour with Reg Thorpe, an RSPB ornithologist.

During the winter season of 2015/2016, at least 12 Spanish Imperial Eagles have crossed the Strait of Gibraltar to Morocco and beyond. Below is a list of all these eagles:

  • One eagle photographed at Rissani on 15 March by Deirdre Robinson reported in this blog-post (photos and video below).
  • One eagle seen at Jbel Moussa (with more than 6000 migrating birds) on 5 May 2016 by Rachid El Khamlichi together with Spanish birders Salva Solis and Joaquín Mazón.

Thanks to Deirdre Robinson for these photographs and the video and thanks to Pedro Fernandes for making the contact.

Spanish Imperial Eagle (Aquila adalberti), Rissani, eastern Sahara, Morocco, 15 March 2016 (Deirdre Robinson)

Spanish Imperial Eagle (Aquila adalberti), Rissani, eastern Sahara, Morocco, 15 March 2016 (Deirdre Robinson).

Spanish Imperial Eagle (Aquila adalberti), Rissani, eastern Sahara, 15 March 2016 (Deirdre Robinson)

Spanish Imperial Eagle (Aquila adalberti), Rissani, eastern Sahara, 15 March 2016 (Deirdre Robinson)

Spanish Imperial Eagle (Aquila adalberti), Rissani, eastern Sahara, 15 March 2016 (Deirdre Robinson)

Spanish Imperial Eagle (Aquila adalberti), Rissani, eastern Sahara, 15 March 2016 (Deirdre Robinson)

Spanish Imperial Eagle (Aquila adalberti), Rissani, eastern Sahara, 15 March 2016 (Deirdre Robinson)

Spanish Imperial Eagle (Aquila adalberti), Rissani, eastern Sahara, 15 March 2016 (Deirdre Robinson)

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