A previously planned short break to Morocco had been organised on the back of many favourable reports from fellow birdwatchers . On account of the Isis threat and other terrorism in North Africa it was a destination which many people had temporarily taken off their itinery .So it proved to be a budget holiday with return flights from Stanstead to Marrakesh for £83, Four star Hotels on Bed and Breakfast basis at £23 per person per night . The low cost certainly did not detract from the quality of the experience .Picking up the hire car at the airport a three hour drive with stops took us down to Agadir on the Atlantic coast , this is an excellent base for exploring some well recommended sites , one of which is Tamri to the north .
Here the target bird is the rare Bald Ibis or as the locals would call it ‘EEEbis ‘ we were lucky to see a flock of 19 individuals with an Osprey fishing in the estuary for good measure . The shoreline yielded Sanderlings and Kentish Plovers with Common and Sandwich Terns roosting amongst Audouins and Yellow legged Gulls . In the trees and scrub inland many passerines were seen ,such as Moussiers Redstart , Blackcap and Sardinian warblers , Woodchat Shrike and Southern Grey Shrike were soon added to the list .
Marrakesh was reached having taken a short detour to ‘Mini’ Marrakesh the city of Taroudant and once we arrived the hotel once again did not disappoint ‘ The Royal Mogador Palace’ £23 per night for this –Amazing Value! This hotel had been picked for its out of town location and also easy access to the Atlas Mountains .