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February 16, 2018

Atlantic Morocco Coast Birds

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Birds of Immsouane

I mainly walked along the seashore at Imsouane and the rock shelf near the harbour. I was lucky to spot a Northern Bald Ibis on a lamp post just near the market. But it is a terrible photo.

Northern Bald Ibis
Northern Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremita)

Northern Bald Ibis, hermit ibis, or waldrapp (Geronticus eremita). “The northern bald ibis was once widespread across the Middle East, northern Africa, southern and central Europe, with a fossil record dating back at least 1.8 million years. It disappeared from Europe over 300 years ago, and is now considered critically endangered. There are believed to be about 500 wild birds remaining in southern Morocco.” (wiki).

Little Egret
LIttle Egret

This one seems to be in breeding plumage.

maybe Heuglin's Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus) – third winter

I have to get an ID of this one. Edit: thanks to Olle for the ID. “Medium grey back and long slender wings look good for Larus fuscus. A third-winter bird.”

Not sure, id please
Mediterranean Gull (Larus melanocephalus)

This one had a ring on it. I have to get a proper ID on it. Edit: Thanks to Tim Swain for the ID. This bird was ringed in France on 01/07/2017.

Ring band on gull
Ring on the gull

This is the ring on the gull above.

Sandwich tern
Sandwich tern (Thalasseus sandvicensis)

There were about 15 of them on the rock shelf hanging about in a mob.

Ruddy Turnstone
Ruddy Turnstone

Ruddy Turnstone juvenile having a bath.

Little Stint
Little Stint

Southern Grey Shrike
Southern Grey Shrike (Lanius meridionalis algeriensis)

Imsouane Birds

Little Egret
Northern Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremita)
Mediterranean Gull (Larus melanocephalus)
Common Chaffinch
Great Cormorant
Yellow-legged Gull
Little Stint
Southern Grey Shrike
Sandwich tern (Thalasseus sandvicensis)
Ruddy Turnstone
Lesser Black-backed Gull

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