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Birdwatching & nature photography holidays in Gibraltar, Spain & Morocco



A V I A N T O U R S 

SPECIALISED BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY

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​We currently offer two different tour options to this region.


Each with duration options comprising of 3, 5, 7, 11 & 14 days.  


You choose your dates, subject to availability.

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BIRDWATCHING TOURS

This tour will involve in recording as many species as possible.  You will be able to photograph birds during this tour, but this will be of a general nature, such as from the vehicle or during our walks. During our tours, we have recorded and photographed species such as Dunn's lark, Cricket longtail, Black-crowned sparrow lark, Double-spurred Francolin and many others.  Millions of West European migrants fly through Morocco, mainly from late July to early November in the autumn, and from March to May in the spring.  Waders and gulls, often stop at wetlands to refuel, and oasis & wadi's often hide numerous migrant passerines and provide unforgettable sights. The Straits of Gibraltar is notorious as a bottleneck for storks and raptor migration.  459 species have been recorded with over 200 regular breeders and approx 120 species are regular winter visitors.​​​​​  


BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR

The number of species recorded obviously might be reduced as a result of spending more time concentrating on obtaining higher quality images, prioritising lighting, composition and technique. You will be able to use make use of static hides and camoflauge equipment inclusive of the fees.  Our aim will be to improve your technique and help you achieve great bird portraits of a plethora of sought-after species. (See below for some of these photographs)  



 CONDITIONS
During our tours you may or may not be joined by other clients.  However, if you do not wish to be joined by other clients, and prefer a strictly private tour for you or your group, there is a one off surcharge of £150 per group or £100 for a single participant.  Both tours types are suited for both experienced and novice birders / photographers, but especially suitable those who wish to either; increase their species list, learn or further develop their bird photography techniques or even expand their own bird photo library.  However, we do not mix clients with vastly different abilities or fitness levels in the same tour for obvious reasons.   Max participants in our 4x4 vehicle is 4.  For larger groups please contact us.  Western Sahara region is only covered by our 14-day tours or a special 5 day tour just to that area (See below).



3 DAY / 2 nights - £500 p/p or £900 single participant

North Morocco includes North Atlantic coast & Middle Atlas
Single room supplement £100p/p 


5 DAY / 4 nights - £700 p/p or £1300 single participant

North Morocco includes North Atlantic coast & Middle Atlas

Single room supplement £100p/p 

7 DAY / 6 nights - £900 p/p or £1500 single participant

North & central Morocco, inc North Atlantic coast & High Atlas

Single room supplement £100 p/p 


11 DAY / 10 nights - £1200 p/p or £2500 single participant

All Morocco (Excludes Western Sahara)

Single room supplement £150 p/p




INCLUDES - Pickup & drop-off from airport, bed & breakfast accomodation, mineral water throughout trip, fuel, ground transport, guiding, field guides, telescopes. A return internal flight, is included in the fee of our 5 day Western Sahara & 14-day tours.  For the bird photography tours, static bird hides, camo netting & clothing is included in the fee.  


OPTIONAL - LUNCH ( Email us for quote)

EXCLUDES - Flights, dinner, alcoholic beverages and items of a personal nature.  





EXAMPLE OF TARGET SPECIES INCLUDES

Bald Ibis, Desert Sparrow, Tristram´s Warbler, Pharoah Eagle Owl, Moussier´s Redstart, Crimson Winged Finch, Mahgreb Wheatear, Red-rumped Wheatear, Thick-billed Lark, Hoopoe Lark, Levaillant´s Woodpecker, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater, Egyptian Nightjar, Desert Lark, Bar-tailed Lark, Fulvous Babbler, Crowned Sandgrouse, Spotted Sandgrouse. Cream-coloured Courser, Houbara Bustard, Desert Wheatear, Scrub Warbler, Barbary Partridge, Barbary Falcon, Lanner.

CRICKET LONGTAIL - One our of most requested  species by our clients

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Morocco

LOCATION & GENERAL INFORMATION

Morocco is located on the northwest corner of the African continent.   Rain is not common in the Sahara region, where temperatures during most of the year are quite high, especially during the summer months.  Temperatures are cooler during the early spring, late autumn & winter, particularly more so during the rest of the Moroccan region.   Winter is also a great time of the year for birdwatching and bird photography in Morocco with cool temperatures, good visibility and less atmospheric haze, particularly for bird photography.


HABITATS:-

Mountains - 5 mountain ranges, these include the Rif along the Mediterranean coast,  the Central Plateau, the Middle Atlas, the High Atlas, and the Anti-Atlas. 

Atlantic Morocco - Intensive cutting and grazing means a lot of the woodland has been replaced by low shrub vegetation, partilcuarly eucalyptus which has been extensively planted.  The Souss valley, with its unique Argan woodland, lies between the High and Anti-Atlas.  Argania is a genus of flowering plants containing the sole species Argania spinosa, known as argan, a tree endemic to the calcareous semidesert Sous valley of southwestern Morocco. n Morocco, arganeraie forests now cover some 8,280 km² and are designated as a UNESCO biosphere reserve. Their area has shrunk by about half during the last 100 years, owing to charcoal-making, grazing, and increasingly intensive cultivation.  This cultivation and loss of this tree has had a pround effect on certain species, such as the Dark-chanting goshawk which was associated with this type of habitat, now sadly believed to be extinct from Morocco.


Eastern Morocco - The climate is generally dry with hot summers and cold winters.  Mountains rise to over 1000m and are covered with a steppe type vegetation dominated by Artemisia herba-alba, a perennial shrub and Stipa tenacissima, a perennial grass.

Saharan Morocco & Western Sahara -  Occupies the region south of the High and Anti-Atlas.  In the Eastern part, extensive palm oases line the rivers but the region is mainly large stony regs (pebble desert) covered with Hammada scoparia, a perennial succluent with medicinal properties; acacias grow amongst the wadis.  Rather inhospitable with several bird species adapted to this environment.  Area is generally dry and sandy with rocky coastlines.


One of our latest Morocco bird photography tours tripadviser reviews

Cricket longtail

BIRDWATCHING & GENERAL BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY

AVIANTOURS has many years experience delivering birdwatching tours and specialised bird photography tours to this region with knowledge of where to find and photograph those most sought-after Western Palearctic species.  So whether you wish to increase your species list, improve your photograph techniques or simply expand your bird photo library, we are just what your looking for.  For further info regarding our tours to this region, contact us by email on info@aviantours.net or using the contact form at the end of the page.