4 Cinereous Vultures crossing the Strait of Gibraltar at Tanger-Med Port

By MaghrebOrnitho | 12 November 2017

Yet another ‘big day’ for raptor migration (especially vultures) at the southern shore of the Strait of Gibraltar.

Last Friday, Rachid El Khamlichi, Cécile Krystelle and Radu Adrian counted:

2700 Griffon Vultures (Gyps fulvus). We are now used to seeing such big numbers crossing the Strait in late autumn (October/November).

4 Cinereous Vultures (Aegypius monachus). This is the most exciting observation. Some Cinereous Vultures, mainly first-year birds, do cross the Strait to Morocco, and some of them even go as far south as West Africa (Mauritania, Senegal, The Gambia,…). But still, seeing 4 birds together is amazing.

1 Spanish Imperial Eagle (Aquila adalberti). During autumn 2007, at least 4 juveniles (3 observed at this site, plus another bird satellite-tracked from Andalusia) have visited Northern Africa. Read this blogpost: Migration of the Spanish Imperial Eagle to Africa in 2017.

In the following, each photo represents a different bird. The last one is a collage of all of them!

Cinereous Vulture / Vautour moine (Aegypius monachus), near Tanger-Med Port, 10 Nov. 2017 (Rachid El Khamlichi).

Cinereous Vulture / Vautour moine (Aegypius monachus), near Tanger-Med Port, 10 Nov. 2017 (Rachid El Khamlichi).

Cinereous Vulture / Vautour moine (Aegypius monachus), near Tanger-Med Port, 10 Nov. 2017 (Rachid El Khamlichi).

Cinereous Vulture / Vautour moine (Aegypius monachus), near Tanger-Med Port, 10 Nov. 2017 (Rachid El Khamlichi).

Cinereous Vulture / Vautour moine (Aegypius monachus), near Tanger-Med Port, 10 Nov. 2017 (Rachid El Khamlichi).

Cinereous Vulture / Vautour moine (Aegypius monachus), near Tanger-Med Port, 10 Nov. 2017 (Rachid El Khamlichi).

Cinereous Vulture / Vautour moine (Aegypius monachus), near Tanger-Med Port, 10 Nov. 2017 (Rachid El Khamlichi).

Cinereous Vulture / Vautour moine (Aegypius monachus), near Tanger-Med Port, 10 Nov. 2017 (Rachid El Khamlichi).

4 Cinereous Vultures / Vautours moines (Aegypius monachus), near Tanger-Med Port, 10 Nov. 2017 (Rachid El Khamlichi).

4 Cinereous Vultures / Vautours moines (Aegypius monachus), near Tanger-Med Port, 10 Nov. 2017 (Rachid El Khamlichi).

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