This cracking Desert Shrike spent most of it's time around my tent on the dunes of Erg Chibbid, Merzouga.
No Desert Sparrow to join me for breakfast this morning. Instead I had the usual two, the White-crowned Black Wheatear and Desert Shrike. Also, something I always wanted to see in the Sahara and that's Swallow and there was a single hawking around my tent! I was leaving Merzouga and said goodbye to Youssef and made my ways onto the N13 towards Rissani where I will be staying for the night. Before I left, I gave a quick look at the dam again. Looking over the water I could see single Little Egret, Grey Heron, Moroccan Wagtail and 2 Kentish Plover. From a distance I could see some duck coming my ways. With my naked eye they looked like Shelduck but I'm in the Sahara. I put my bins up, bloody ell! 5 Shelduck! It was so strange to see them flying past Erg Chibbid and then after circling a few times, settled on the water before making there ways to the shore. If that wasn't enough, I could hear sandgrouse and 9 Spotted Sandgrouse touched down on the NE shore. They had a quick drink and were gone. I left the Shelduck to rest and saw an area north beyond the lake that might be worth a try for Desert Warbler. A wagon drove past in between the lake and the area I was aiming for. I got in my car instead.
The Desert Shrike was eyeing up it's breakfast
Crazy to see 5 Shelduck fly in over Erg Chebbid!
These 9 Spotted Sandgrouse came in for a drink very briefly at the far end of the dam
This Moroccan Wagtail is the only one I've seen so far
For Desert Warbler, it don't get better than this!!
The Acacia that the Desert Warbler was singing from
The habitat where I found the Desert Warbler with the Dam in the distance
2 Hoopoe Lark were also in the area