Hotel Diwane in Marrakesh, our first stop in Morocco
On the balcony, Hotel Diwane
Streets of Marrakesh from the roof of the Hotel Diwane
Lobby, Hotel Diwane
Hallway, Hotel Diwane
Our first new Moroccan bird - the House Bunting
The African race of the common Chaffinch
Street scene, Marrakech
Ordinary people, Marrakech
Camel tender, Marrakech
Water seller in the Jemaa el-Fnaa, the famous marketplace in Marrakech
Check out the dagger
Snake charmers earn a few bucks in the Jemaa el-Fnaa
A few dihrams for a photo.
We got lucky right away with a long close view of this prized bird, the Levaillant's Woodpecker.
High in the Ourika Valley, Atlas Mountains.
Horned Lark (Atlas Race)
Crimson-winged Finch, another prized species.
Oukaimeden ski resort, the only one in Morocco
The menu at the restaurant where we ate
Our restaurant, serving mostly the common local Tagine, a slow-cooked mix of meat and veggies. Filling, but not exactly gourmet.
Blue Rock Thrush
A village along the way
Our group pauses for the scenery and (of course) to look for birds.
Near Imlil, where we spent our third night
A mystical spot in the Atlas mountains
Ceramics seller, Ouarzazate
Searching for desert birds near Ouarzazate
Western Bonelli's Warbler
Another Desert Wheatear
One of the finest birds of the trip - the Blue-cheeked Bee-eater
Old Kasbah, Lake Al Mansour
Entertainment in our hotel
Western Orphean Warbler
Subalpine Warbler (F)
Desert Wheatear (F)
This spectacular bird is simply called a Roller
Boulmane du Dades, where we spent two nights
Our hotel in Boulmane du Dades
The hotel sits on a mesa with a commanding view of the town and river valley.
Panorama of Boulmane du Dades from room
A lone camel herder in the desert
Birding in the desert.
This is not a bird. It is a Fat Sand Rat
Thick-billed Lark, a target bird for the trip.
Another prize bird, the Cream-colored Courser
Exploring Boulmane du Dades
Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush
Doorway, Boulmane du Dades
The Dades River
A crumbling kasbah we found in an ordinary neighborhood
On the road again, we stop to watch these storks.
Crossing the Atlas Mountains again.
On our hotel grounds, Taroudant
Door detail, Taroudant
Bread shop in a typical souk (marketplace)
In the souk
One of the world's rarest birds, the Bald Ibis. Nearing extinction, we were lucky to see a good fraction of the remaining few hundred birds in one stop.
A very cool bird we were especially seeking, the Stone Curlew
Incredible cacti, Souss Massa National Park
A quite common (to Europeans) Great Tit
Little Owls on a rooftop
More cactus, Souss Massa National Park near Agadir
Black-crowned Tchagra, a highly sought-after bird
A sandbar with Great Cormorants, Spoonbills, and an Egyptian Mongoose.
(European) Turtle Dove
Unknown (to me) turtle
Baillon's Crake, a very rare sighting.
The big (ruined) Kasbah on the hill above Agadir, our last stop
Tourists paying a few euros for a camel ride around the parking lot.
Black-eared Wheatear (F)
A Golden Eagle passed close by.
The port area, Agadir
Fishermen taking a break, Agadir.
Ship building and maintenance takes place amidst this scene of seeming chaos.
On the drive back to Marrakesh, a last look at the Atlas Range.
With birding guide, trip leader, and travel companion extraordinaire Paul Rogers.
Crossing the Gibraltar Strait en route to Madrid to start the next phase of our trip (stay tuned)