We set-off on a bit of a busman’s holiday to discover final destinations for our planned autumn migration birding tour for 2008. Also we had it in mind to finalise long standing plans to run away-breaks for weekend trips from Spain to Morocco. knotLots to do and little time to fit everything in! My last couple of visits to this side of Morocco had seen me dip most seriously on a lifer for me, Black-crowned Tchagra, so I was harbouring a sneaky desire to score at least this bird during the coming days. Of course I pretended that sites and accommodation were my sole purpose for this tour. Its never a problem for the first stage of our journey if we manage a stopover instead of heading straight for Marrakech, but on this occasion we decided, due to lack of days, we would travel non-stop for Marrakech. It can be a long and boring journey, broken only by a continuing contest between Pieter and I to see who can spot the most Black-shouldered Kites. A dangerous business if you happen to be the one driving. By way of compensating for my trepidation we also had a couple of ‘new’ places and sites to look at during this trip, so I was greatly looking forward to next few days.
Tour Leader : Peter Jones
Trip Report : Peter Jones
Day 1 - November 8th - Tanger - Marrakech
A glorious sunny day and calm seas made for a pleasant crossing from Tarifa to Tanger, though only managed a few Cory’s Shearwater and N.Gannets among the multitude of Yellow-legged and Lesser Black-backed Gulls.