Tag Archives: Strait of Gibraltar

Spring migration census of raptors at Jbel Moussa, Morocco, in 2016 (report)

Census of vultures and other raptors during the prenuptial migration 2016 on the southern shore of the Strait of Gibraltar, Jbel Moussa – Morocco Between 22 February and 20 August 2016, the southern shore of the Strait of Gibraltar, in particular Jbel Moussa and its surroundings, experienced an important passage of soaring birds belonging to… Read More »

Rüppell’s Vulture wing-tagged at Jbel Moussa

Over five thousands Griffon Vultures (Gyps fulvus) migrate through northern Morocco twice a year, and an increasing number of Rüppell’s Vultures (Gyps rueppelli) are also migrating through the region (a paradox, since the latter species is declining in its West African breeding areas from where these vagrants are coming). Some of these vultures can end up… Read More »

Vulture migration at the Strait of Gibraltar, November 2016

The following chronicle describes the experience of Juan Ramírez Román and his friend Antonio Román Muñoz in northern Morocco. They visited the area between 2 and 4 November to witness vulture migration, and also made a short visit to lower Loukkos marshes. Both the English summary and the detailed Spanish version below were written by… Read More »

Lesser Spotted Eagle (Clanga pomarina) at Jbel Moussa

Observation of a 2cy Lesser Spotted Eagle (Clanga pomarina) at Jbel Moussa today at 1:47 p.m by Rachid El Khamlichi (photo 1). This is the fourth record of the species in Morocco. The first one was observed at Merzouga in April 1996 by P.-A. Crochet et al. (Bergier et al. 1997), the second observed at Punta Cires near… Read More »

Spring vulture migration at Jbel Moussa, May 2016

A summary of raptor migration observations during three days in May 2016 at Jbel Moussa (with emphasis on vultures): 2 May: A Rüppell’s Vulture (Gyps rueppelli) was photographed with a flock of 32 Griffon Vultures (G. fulvus) by Rachid El Khamlichi (photo 1). This is the second bird for spring 2016, the first one observed… Read More »

Spanish Imperial Eagle at Jbel Moussa

A Spanish Imperial Eagle (Aquila adalberti) was photographed just south of Jbel Moussa on 27 April 2016 by Rachid El Khamlichi. The bird was flying north towards the Strait of Gibraltar when seen. It’s a 2nd calendar-year bird (born in 2015) like the six Spanish Imperial Eagles tracked with GPS-GSM transmitters from Andalusia and which all visited… Read More »

Autumn vulture migration at the Strait of Gibraltar, November 2015

A summary of vulture migration census during November 2015 at Jbel Moussa and Punta Cires (Dalia beach) on the southern shore of the Strait of Gibraltar, northern Morocco: 4 November: More than 400 Griffon Vultures (Gyps fulvus) crossed the Strait of Gibraltar this day at Jbel Moussa and Punta Cires. They were first detected (by… Read More »

3500 Griffon Vultures crossed the Strait of Gibraltar at Jbel Moussa

In less than 1 hour this morning, more than 2300 Griffon Vultures (Gyps fulvus) have crossed the Strait of Gibraltar, and passed above Jbel Moussa, northern Morocco. At the time of writing this (12h44), some smaller groups are still crossing.By late afternoon, over 3500 Griffon Vultures have been estimated to have crossed the Strait towards… Read More »

Dangers of migration: Griffon Vulture ‘MA4’ died in Spain after crossing the Strait of Gibraltar

MA4, the young Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus) wing-tagged at Jbel Moussa on 24 May 2015 (photo 1) was found dead at Tarifa island, southern Spain on 14 August 2015. After it was wing-tagged, MA4 stayed locally 3 days at Jbel Moussa roosting with other vultures. Javier Rivas Salvador found the dead vulture at Tarifa island… Read More »

House Bunting at Jbel Moussa, is the Iberian Peninsula next?

The House Bunting (Emberiza sahari) colonised Tangier since at least a decade ago and now is abundant in many parts of this big city. Then it colonised Tétouan since at least 2010. Now it moved to the countryside. Yesterday, Rachid El Khamlichi took a quick photo of one bird at Jbel Moussa. Taking into account the… Read More »

Jbel Moussa: vultures and Barbary macaques (photos)

Jbel Moussa is known as a good point for observing bird migration crossing the Strait of Gibraltar between Africa and Europe. But it’s also known for its colony of the endangered Barbary macaques (Macaca sylvanus). These photos captured yesterday by Rachid El Khamlichi show the macaques with their newborn babies, and vultures resting, flying, and roosting… Read More »

Vultures bathing captured by camera trap, Jbel Moussa

These Griffon Vultures (Gyps fulvus) were captured by camera trap set up near a water source at Jbel Moussa (northern Morocco) by Rachid El Khamlichi and Mohammed Karim El Haoua .The vultures passing through this area during migration have the privilege of drinking and bathing in clean water running from the spring (the vultures can render the… Read More »

Liberado con éxito el Buitre leonado tras superar su lesión

The release of the Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus) yesterday at Jbel Moussa was a very successful event. Before its release, the Vulture was marked with wing tags (MA1) for subsequent monitoring. El domingo 08 de marzo 2015, se ha liberado al Buitre leonado (Gyps fulvus) tras superar su lesión provocada por una colisión contra un… Read More »

1335 Griffon Vultures crossed the Strait of Gibraltar in one day

Yesterday, 5 November, we had a fantastic day watching bird migration (or precisely vulture migration) around Jbel Moussa, on the southern side of the Strait of Gibraltar. We have counted 1335 Griffon Vultures (Gyps fulvus) in 6 hours (between 10:00 and 16.00). The vultures crossed the Strait of Gibraltar mainly at Jbel Moussa, with some reached… Read More »