Tour At A Glance

Cost:

1799.00

Deposit:

350.00

Single Room Supplement:

200.00

Tour Code:

Intensive with early and late starts and finishes. Some walking at altitude during our visit to the Atlas Mountains.

Group Size:

Seven plus Leader

Cream-coloured Courser Moussier's Redstart Desert Warbler Thick-billed Lark Hoopoe Lark Maghreb Wheatear Temminck's Lark Bald Ibis

Morocco - Desert, Mountains and Coast

Date: 12th - 23rd March 2019 [FIVE SPACES]
Leaders: David Gosney

Introduction

 

Crowned Sandgrouse

 
Every European birder should visit Morocco. Apart from being a fascinating place with truly awe-inspiring scenery it is home to many species of birds that are difficult or impossible to see anywhere else in the Western Palaearctic. The list is really mouth-watering, from the desert specialities such as Desert Sparrow, Desert Warbler, Houbara Bustard, Egyptian Nightjar, Pharaoh Eagle Owl, Thick-billed Lark, Temminck’s Lark and Red-rumped Wheatear. And that’s not including other star birds such as Tristram’s Warbler, Fulvous Babbler, Crimson-winged Finch, Seebohm’s Wheatear, Maghreb Wheatear, Scrub Warbler, Audouin’s Gull, Plain Martin, Black-crowned Tchagra and the almost extinct Northern Bald Ibis, not to mention a group of 'new' species, or at least likely splits, including Atlas Horned Lark, Maghreb Lark, Moroccan Magpie, Moroccan Wagtail, Saharan Olivaceous Warbler and Desert Grey Shrike. The variety of habitats from stony deserts [hammada], sand dunes, lakes, rivers, estuaries and the immense Atlas Mountains gives it one of the most interesting avifaunas in the Western Palaearctic. So many birds and some of them are famously difficult to locate so it make sense to go on an organised tour with someone who knows the area and its birds very well indeed. If you’ve seen his DVD footage from various extensive trips, you’ll know that your tour leader David Gosney has all the experience you need for finding these birds for you to enjoy too. One of the special features of this tour is that for many of the most difficult species, we have a number of sites we can visit to give us the best possible chance of finding all of them. The terrain is mostly flat, but not always level and there are one or two visits to altitude, so a reasonable level of fitness is required. But this is not all about the birds. Situated in North West Africa, Morocco has for centuries drawn travellers in search of adventure and the exotic...This will add an extra dimension and help to ensure the best possible bird watching tour to this exotic and vibrant corner of Africa, where super weather and a sense of wonder will accompany you throughout. You will no doubt also enjoy the fabulous Moroccan cuisine and some wonderful traditional hotels, some set in Kasbahs and full of character. You can expect to see approximately 175 – 200 species.
 

 

 

 

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