west morocco photo tour

Dates

March

Tour Cost

€ 1.300.-

Single room supplement

£ 115.-

Group size

Maximun 6 photographers

Tour leader

Josele J Saiz

Airport

Casablanca - Agadir

What´s included

All ground transport, all meals, services of guides and reserve entrance fees.

What´s not included

Transport to/ from UK and any overnight stay that may be involved, travel insurance, drinks and any items of a purely personal nature.

Tour code

Six photographers and one guide in a comfortable vehicle exploring the most genuine of Moroccan habitats close to the Atlantic coast in the search of the bird specialities to be photographed.

Selected species list

Tristram´s Warbler, Moussier´s Redstart, Red-rumped Wheatear, Thick-billed Lark, Hoope Lark, Desert Lark, Bar-tailed Desert Lark, Fulvous Babbler, Cream-coloured Courser, Desert Wheatear, Scrub Warbler, Temminck´s Lark, Trumpeter Finch, Black-crowned Tchagra, Marsh Owl, Red-knobbed Coot.

More information

Field Check List

Introduction

Boletas is proudly the company who every year guide more tours to Morocco with more than 40 bird tours in the last 10 years to this exciting destination. We consider ourselves the market leaders and in our tours you can   find together both pure birders and keen photographers sharing the typical birding itinerary proposed. In recent years more and more people are joining the standard birdwatching tours carrying good cameras and big lenses instead of telescopes. There is now an increasing demand for photo tours. Due to our previous experience with several photographers, the knowledge of the Moroccan birds and our reputation in organising tours, we have designed this tour exclusively for photographers concentrating on the day by day activity of picturing of the most relevant of the Moroccan avifauna. At the beginning of March most of the Moroccan specialities wear their most beautiful breeding plumage ready to display before mating, in particular the impressive display of the Hoopoe Lark also the "dancing tails" that wheatears perform. At this time of the year the light in southern Morocco is never too strong, allowing for photography during most of the day. We want to invite to all photographers to join us in this unique photographic experience where we will concentrate our efforts in the target species.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive at Casablanca, meet the local drivers and drive to Moulain Bouselham where time permitting we will try  for Marsh Owl for first time. Overnight in Moulain Bouselham.

Day 2 - Boat trip through the famous Merja Zerja, a RAMSAR protected lagoon with an impressive concentration of wildfowl.  Our photography  targets here will be Squacco and Purple Herons, Audouin´s and  Slender-billed Gulls, Red-knobbed Coot, Glossy Ibis, Little Owl and Purple Swamp-hen. Before dusk we will visit  a roosting place for Marsh Owl where we will have just one or two minutes to "shoot" them in  the best light before dusk. Overnight in Moulain Bouselham.

Day 3 - Long driving day from  Moulain Boulselham to Agadir. Before arrival in Agadir we will visit Tamri in the Sous Massa National Park, one of the best Bald Ibis colonies in Morocco (Morocco holds most of the world population with 500 individuals concentrated in the Sous Massa National Park),  with the hope to  have close encounters with this scarce bird.  Other possible specialities  in the area include the difficult Tristram´s Warbler, Black-crowned Tchagra, Barbary Falcon and Moussier´s Redstart;  a real jewel for photographers. Overnight in Agadir.

Days 4 - Early morning drive to the Sous Massa N. P. where bird photography is exceptional, but we will concentrate our efforts on the shy Black-crowned Tchagra,  Moussier´s Redstart, Marbled Teal and the African race of Chaffinch. Drive south to Goulemine searching for local specialities, before dusk we will  search for Scrub Warbler and Fulvous Babbler. Overnight in Goulemine.

Day 5 -  A short distance south of Goulemine the terrain becomes more arid and sandy, where the Sahara influence is notorious. Birds we hope to find include Cream-coloured  Courser, Thick-billed, Temminck´s, Bar-tailed, Hoopoe and Desert Larks, Desert Wheatear and Trumpeter Finch - a really hard working day  for photography.

Day 6 - We will concentrate on the desert for birds we may have missed the previous day, before heading back to Sous Massa for Bald Ibis. Overnight in Agadir

Day 7 - Early morning we will drive to the Oued  Sous where there are good concentrations of the Moroccan race of Magpie (Pica pica mauretanicus), always an elusive bird for photography, with its distinctive deep blue around the eye. Drive to the airport for you flight back home.

Gallery

Adittional Information

Target Species

Chances to get close encounters ( *easy **good chances ***difficult )

Tristram´s Warbler - ***

Moussier´s Redstart - **

Red-rumped Wheatear - **

Thick-billed Lark - **

Hoope Lark - **

Desert Lark - **

Bar-tailed Desert Lark - **

Fulvous Babbler - *

Cream-coloured Courser - *

Desert Wheatear - **

Scrub Warbler - **

Temminck´s Lark - **

Bald Ibis - ***

Red Knobbed Coot**

Marsh Owl**

Black-crowned Tchagra**

Hide :  This work is done without any hides, but searching the best places from where we know it is possible to see these species at the shortest distances.  For some birds we will use the vehicles as hide.

Clothing :   Weather in winter can be cold but specially early morning and before dusk. Please check the weather forecast one or two days before the tour starts.

Equipment : The distance of displaying birds varies between 2 and 20 metres and the recommended focal lengths are 500 to 600 mm.

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