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Birdwatching in Morocco
Morocco is becoming one of the favourite destinations in the world for birders in search of endangered species. Every year millons of European migrants go to and pass through Morocco, mainly from late July to early November.
Early March to May Morocco is full of various birding hotspots and habitas. Several wetlands along the coast are famous for their migrant and wintering waders and gulls. the plains, forests, mountains and desert has many other species.
7 days birdwatching tour.
On your arrival you will be received at the airport and we will drive back to your hotel. After we will go birding in Oued Souss Estuary, with good opportunities of seeing flocks of waders, gulls, terns, ducks and herons, avocets, Red Shank, Oyster Catcher, Ruff, Sanderling, Black-winged Stilt, Little Stint, Little Egret, Wimbrel, Curlew, Moroccan Magpie, Sardinian Warbler, Moroccan White Wagtail, snipes, Common and Green sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, dabbling ducks, flamingos, spoonbills, Moroccan Cormorant, Osprey, Peregrine Falcon and it's a site of Red-necked Nightjar too and many other winter migrant species.
Overnight in Agadir.
Lunch and dinner. Overnight at Agadir.
In the morning we will head north of Agadir to Tamri Estuary searching for feeding area of the Bald Ibis, Plain Swift, waders, terns, most notably hundreds of
Audouin's gulls. We will move to Cap Rhir and look for Northern Gannet, Cory's and Sooty Shearwater and Eleonora's Falcon. We will then head to Paradise Valley to search for Tistam's and Olivaceous Warblers, Red-rumped Swallow, Spotted Flycatcher, Black Redstart, Blue Tit, Nightingale, Song Thrush, Bonelli's Eagle soaring overhead, Parbary Partrige, Moussier's Redstart, Southern Grey Shrike, Black-crowned Tchagra, Black Wwheatear and in Imouzzer pine woodland, which is excellent for crossbills (of the Moroccan race "poliogyna").
Overnight in Agadir
In the morning we will drive about one hour towards Oued Massa to look for the Black-crowned Tchagra, Brown-throated Sand Martin, Marbled Duck, Moussier's Redstart, Sardinian Warbler, Little Owl, Stone Curlew, Zitting Cisticola, Glossy Ibis, Moroccan Cormorants, Bluethroat, Shovler, Pochard, Mallard, Coot, Moorhen, Little Grebe, Sedge Warbler, Night Heron, Garganey, Little Bittern, Kingfisher, Hoopoe, Spectacled Warblers, Chaffinches (Moroccan race), Siskin, Gold Finch, Stone Chat, Green Finch, Laughing Dove, Spotless Starling, Spanish and House Sparrow, Crested and Tekla Lark and the Bald Ibis is guaranted in this area, if we didn't see it in Tamri. Later we'll drive to the dam Ibn Tachafine to search for Blue Rock-trushe, Desert Wheatear, Osprey, House Buntings, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Ruddy Shelduck and other species.
Overnight in Agadir.
After breakfast we will drive to the Souss Valley (Plain Souss) to look for Black-shouldered Kite, Cirl Bunting, Great Tit, Rufous Bush-robin, Southern Grey Shrike, Trumpet Finchs, Tawny Eagle, Teckla Lark, Fuluvous Babbler, Stone Curlew, Little Owl, Red-necked Nightjar, Western Orphean Warbler, Little Swift, Barbary Falcon, Desert Wheatear and Chanting Goshawk. Towards Taroudante we will look for Rufous Scrub-robin, Desert Wheatear, Short-eared Owl, House Bunting, Moroccan Magpie, Tekla Lark, White Stork, Blackcap, Subalpine and Fan Tailed Warbler.
Overnight in Agadir.
Day 5 and 6.
In the early morning we will head to Guelmine about 200 Km from Agadir and our birds target are: Desert Lark, Temmick's Horned Lark, White-crowned, Red-rumped and Desert Wheatear, Trumpet Finche, Tawny Eagle, Scrub Warbler, Tekla Lark, Spectacled Warbler, Rufous Bushchat, Black-billed Sandgrouse, Cream-coloured Courser, Fulvuous Babbler, Lanner Falcon, Lesser Short-toed and Short_toed Lark, Hoopoe Lark and Thick-billed Lark. On the second day we drive on the edge of the oueds nearby Goulmine desert to scan the areas and look for the birds that we haven't seen the previous day and explore area hoping to see any early migrant birds. Later we move a few kilometers beyond Goulmine searching for Hoopoe Larks, Crowned Sandgrouse, Long-legged Buzzard, Golden Eagle, Desert Larks, warblers and sparrows.
Overnight in Guelmine.
In the morning we will drive back to Agadir and depending on your departure, we'll bird along the road stopping for lunch and later, if you want to buy some souvenirs before taking your flight back home and the final goodbye.
7 Days/6 nights tour price is: 2 pax 1819 Euros per person in double room. 4 pax 1364 Euros per person double room. 137 Euros single supplement.
Deposit 273 Euros per person.
Due to currency fluctuations and fuel cost we reserve the right to adjust any pricing prior to departure.
Included: Ground transportation, accomodation, all meals, mineral waters, collection from airport, entrance and guide fees. Excluded: Flight tickets, entry visas, alcoholic drinks, insurance and items of purly personal needs. Notes:
Expect about 250 species during the 7 days tour.
All the date of itineraries include arrival and departure dates.
All trips are available year round, but prices may be adjusted around special holidays.
Minimum lead time six (6)weeks. To check availability for tours on short notice, fill out “Request for Quote” form with desirable dates. Fitness:
We sometimes have to walk for long distance, along the river(wadis), inside the parks and on the sea cliffs. Equipment:
You will need a pair of binoculars, telescope, a good pair of boots or (sneakers, trainers), waterproof jacket in case, a sweater and a rucksack(backpack).
Should you only need a guide for a day please send a message to Mohamed.
Mohamed Bargache, your local Birdingpal guide
I am an experienced birdwatching guide in the National Parc of Souss Massa, since 2008. I was trained at the administation of the parc, by the member of SEO/Birdlife International, Mr Imad Cherkaoui and I learned lots of other birdwatching skills with other birders. I know most of the bird hotspots and I speak English and French.
On the 23rd of September of 2008, almost 3 years ago, we had the pleasure of being escorted into the Souss Massa National Park
by our personal guide Mohamed Bargache. Not only was we impressed by his English skills, but also his birdwatching skills. Identifying all the different species in the Park and explaining the main characteristics and distinctions between them.
We can only recommend visiting the Souss Massa National Park and hire the professional services of Mr. bargache, to truly discover the secrets of its natural beauty.
All the best
Vous avez bien voulu le mercredi 16 Avril 2008, nous accompagner et moi pour une visite de la réserve de Souss Massa. Nous tenions personnellement a vous exprimer notre gratitude pour la qualité de vos explications tant au niveau ornithologique qu'environomental,grace a votre experience et connaissance du terrain nous avons pu observer plusieurs espèces d'oiseaux; qui sans vous nous seraient passés inaperçus. Nous tenons aussi à souligner votre amabilité et gentillesse tout au long du parcours et votre empressement à répondre à nos questions sur la vie de votre village, l'environement ecologique. Nous sommes coutimiers de visites du parc, en France mais aussi en Espagne, l'Italie, nous pouvons vous certifier que vous vallez bien beaucoup de guides professionels. Nous ne manquerons pas de donner vos coordonneés à nos amies et connaissances venant à votre région et désirant visiter la réserve. Bonne chance et amicales salutations et merci.
Serge et Rejane Vayr, France
I am a retired biology teacher from a university in Texas, U.S.A. I traveled to Agadir for three days in May, 2011, during which time I was guided by Mohamed Bargache for birds and general sightseeing. Mohamed is an excellent bird guide, very knowledgeable with recognizing birds and where to find almost all species, particularly those most desired by foreign birdwatchers. He is a friendly person and easy to travel with. I am so happy to recommend him as a guide. Charles Dean Fisher, USA
We met Mohamed at the visitor centre of the parc and decided to spend two hours looking at the birds which were currently in residence. We went by car down to the parc and the river. We saw lots of small birds which visit Britain in the summer - warblers - reed and willow, as well as stonechats, corn buntings and Moussier's redstarts. As we got to the river Mohamed pointed out the ducks, pochard, coot and marbled duck. Suddenly we saw cormorant flying. They have a much whiter breast than in Britain. Everywhere there were brown throated martins and some flycatchers. On an island in the river there were cormorant and herons as well as egrets and also some turtles.
As we moved off to another site in a village we saw Moroccan wagtails and bulbuls. In the village we were really lucky to see about 20 bald ibis scavenging in the rubbish. We had very interesting conversations with Mohamed about the wild life, the vegetation and everyday life in Morocco. He was a very good and interesting guide who spoke excellent English and French.
Mohamed, nous avons passe un temps tres informatif avec vous que nous n'oublierons pas. Je vous joins quelques photos, malheureusement pas tres bonnes.
Je vous souhaite une tres bonne annee et une bonne continuation de votre collaboration avec l'ornothologiste britainnique.
Jenny et Allan, England
Some facts about Morocco.
"The Kingdom of Morocco" is located in the north of Africa and it's capital is Rabat. It has a population of more than 32 million and an area of 710,850 Km² and also a primarily administers of the disputed region of Western Sahara.
It's part of the Maghreb region, in addition to Tunisia, Algeria, Mauritania and Libya and shares cultural, historical and linguistic ties.
Morocco is a constitutional monarchy with an elected parliament. The King of Morocco holds vast executive powers, including the possibility of dissolving the parliament. Executive power is exercised by the government, but more importantly by the king himself. Legislative power is vested in the both the government and the two chambers of parliament, the assembly of Representatives and the assembly of Councilors. The King can also issue decrees called "Dahirs" which have the force of law. Most Moroccans speak at least one of the two languages "Berber & Moroccan Arabic" as a mother tongue. Both languages have regional dialects and accents. Most Moroccans practice Sunni Islam.
A BIRDWATCHER'S GUIDE TO MOROCCO by Patrick and Fedora Bergier
Field guide book BIRDS OF EUROPE WITH NORTH AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST by Lars Jonsson
Field guide book DIE VOGEL AM MITTELMEER by Paul Sterry