Here's how we got on!
Thursday 23rd May 2013
Nick picked me up at 7am on a wet and chilly Thursday morning in Norwich. En route to Stansted we made a quick detour to check out the Wood Warbler at East Wretham which was still showing well. Following a very thorough check of our camera gear at airport security (swabbed and all!), we boarded our Ryanair flight to Fes and were finally on our way.
After the cool dampness of Norfolk, the bright sunshine and warmth of Fes was a welcome change. First birds on disembarking from the aircraft were Spotless Starlings - a tick for me!
|Fes airport, Morocco - 23rd May 2013|
We took an unplanned detour around Fes before a helpful local directed us towards Ifrane, not before I had to cross his palm with silver though!
We were headed for the woodlands between Ifrane and Azrou to see Atlas Flycatcher. En route we spotted many Cattle Egrets in the fields and along the roadsides as well as nice views of some European Rollers perched on the telegraph wires.
|European Roller, Morocco - 23rd May 2103|
|Male Atlas Flycatcher - Ifrane/Azrou road - Morocco - 23rd May 2013|
|Female Atlas Flycatcher - Ifrane/Azrou road - Morocco - 23rd May 2013|
|Nick watches the Atlas Flys|
As the sun dropped we decided the best bet was to continue on towards Zeida where we were planning to overnight. We passed through a small village where several White Storks were nesting on the rooftops. We stopped for a look and noticed this nice pale phase Booted Eagle perched in a tree top. It took flight just as I tried to take a shot.
|Pale phase Booted Eagle|
|A full moon as we head towards Zeida|
Sometime between 9.30pm and 10pm we finally reached our destination for the night. The Ksar Timnay Hotel was good value and comfortable. We enjoyed a meal of Moroccan salad, Tagine and some cold beers before setting our alarms for 5.15am and hitting the hay.
|Bed for the night - my room at the Ksar Timnay Hotel outside Zeida.|