Sunday 28 February 2010

More from Morocco… Tristram’s Warbler at Auberge Yasmina

One of the highlights of the trip was our stay at Auberge Yasmina, alongside the dunes of Erg Chebbi near Merzouga in the SE of the country. Having bumped along 15km of rutted dusty track in the dark to get there, we didn’t quite realise how stunning the scenery would be the next morning. Suffice to say I can’t recall a better view from the breakfast table anywhere in the world…  but a bit of pre-breakfast birding produced an additional sight for sore eyes: a very confiding male Tristram’s Warbler. Fantastic bird!

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And here’s that view… it’s not bad, is it?

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After breakfast, a leisurely return to the main road produced several Desert and Spectacled Warbler, a selection of of the desert lark and wheatear species, and a Brown-necked Raven…

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