Death trap: raptor electrocutions at Guelmim continue

By | 25 November 2017

During a recent 3-hour tour between Oued Bou-Issafene and the Fort Bou Jerif track in Guelmim region, Karim Laïdi, Juan Navarro Rodriguez and Brahim Bakass recorded 23 Atlas Long-legged Buzzard, 2 Golden Eagles and 1 Lanner Falcon. The majority of these birds were juveniles (1cy) and immatures.

Along the same transect, they found 3 recently electrocuted Atlas Long-legged Buzzards (1 adult and 2 immatures) under an electricity pylon (they were found at a distance of 2 to 4 meters from the pylon, and were put together for the photos 2 and 3 below). And the remains of a young Bonelli’s Eagle, which seems to have died a few months ago, found near the track.

They noticed that prey, especially fat sand rat (Psammomys obesus), are abundant this year as well. They observed two buzzards carrying the fat sand rats and one these was found dead with the electrocuted birds.

Read the reports from 2015 and 2016:

Des rapaces mais aussi de l’électrocution dans la région de Guelmim

Observation de 23 Buses féroces, 2 Aigles royaux et 1 Faucon lanier, lors d’un parcours de 3 heures entre l’Oued Bou Issafene et la piste de Fort Bou Jerif dans la région de Guelmim (Karim Laïdi, Juan Navarro Rodriguez et Brahim Bakass).

Le long du même transect, ils ont trouvés 3 Buses féroces (1 adulte et 2 immatures) récemment électrocutées au pied d’un poteau électrique (trouvées à une distance de 2 à 4 mètres du poteaux, et groupées pour les photo 2 et 3 ci-dessus). Et des restes d’un jeune Aigle de Bonelli, qui semble être mort il y a déjà quelques mois, ont été trouvées sur une piste.

Ils ont remarqué que les proies, en particulier les rats des sables (Psammomys obesus), sont abondantes cette année aussi. Ils ont observé deux buses avec les rats des sables (photo 1) et un de ces derniers trouvé mort avec les oiseaux électrocutés.

Lire les rapports de 2015 et 2016:

Atlas Long-Legged Buzzard with fat sand rat (Psammomys obesus), Guelmim region, Morocco, 23 Nov. 2017 (Brahim Bakass)

Atlas Long-Legged Buzzard with fat sand rat (Psammomys obesus), Guelmim region, 23 Nov. 2017 (Brahim Bakass)

Electrocuted Atlas Long-legged Buzzards (Buteo rufinus cirtensis), Guelmim region, 23 November 2017 (Karim Laïdi)

Electrocuted Atlas Long-legged Buzzards (Buteo rufinus cirtensis), Guelmim region, 23 Nov. 2017 (Karim Laïdi)

Atlas Long-legged Buzzards at the bottom of an electricity pylon, Guelmim region, 23 November 2017 (Karim Laïdi)

Atlas Long-legged Buzzards at the bottom of an electricity pylon, Guelmim region, 23 Nov. 2017 (Karim Laïdi)

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