After the morning, in the afternoon of 15 december our aim is to see one of the most threatened birds in the world: the hermit ibis. Apart from very few individuals in Syria, all survivors of this species, once widespread, now live in the coastal region north of Agadir in Morocco.
Then, a beautiful songbird which is rather common in Morocco: a Moussier’s redstart.
An osprey flies over a river delta. A Kentish plover.
Further north, a bit more inland, a coot in a river. A painted lady butterfly.
On a steep hillside, a typical habitat for the species, a black wheatear.
Still no ibis. We go further north. Then, one ibis flying along the rocky coast.
After a walk, about twenty bald ibises resting on a sandstone coastal ledge, above ten meter above the sea level. They share that rock with great cormorants and a rock pigeon. Soon, the ibises fly away, to feed near the road.
Many holes in the sandy soil. They are dug by rodents, gerbils. There are various gerbil species in Morocco: one of them is the small Egyptian gerbil. However, these holes are by a bigger species. In Europe, wheatears often nest in rabbits’ burrows. Maybe the Moroccan wheatear species nest in gerbils’ burrows.
17:45. It is nearly sunset. Along the coast, gannets flying. And a whimbrel, calling.
Hermit ibises in the Netherlands: here.
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