This male Red-rumped Wheatear was on the Tagdilt Track just SE out of Boumalne headng towards Tinghir on the N10
I was on the Tagdilt Track at 08.00 and immediately found 7 Temmink's Horned Lark around the rubbish area to my right. Ideal! A very short drive down road, scanned and a spotted a female Red-rumped Wheatear. It was a long ways off and I started walking towards the rubble it was perched on. After half an hour, I gave up with the camera but as I returned to my car, perched on top of another pile of rubble was a smart male Red-rumped Wheatear! He showed a lot better and was joined by the female and the pair showed very well in the end. I made my ways around the walls with a football ground inside that the wheatear were both sat on and also got a single Trumpter Finch and 3 more Temmink's Horned Lark.
I continued along the track for two miles, pulling off all the time, but all I could find were 3 Desert, 4 Thekla, 2 Temmink's Horned Lark and another male Red-rumped Wheatear. 2 Long-legged Buzzard were overhead as it started to cloud over.
This is the area where the larks were feeding around those small mounds of rubbish
I spent over 30 minutes with 7 Temmink's Horned Lark as they were feeding around the rubbish
And I spent over an hour with this pair of Red-rumped Wheatear that favoured the outside walls of the football ground just off the Tagdilt Track
Also this Trumpter Finch and 4 Temminck's Horned Lark were on top of the wall
The stony desert just off Tagdilt Track
Tagdilt Track with the army barracks in the distance. The football ground is just to the right of the top middle pic
Barbary Falcon just outside Skour on the N10 against a milky sky
3 Desert Lark were on the otherside of the road from the falcon
When I was back at my digs, and talking to Dave Barnes, I discovered that it was a Female Maghreb Wheatear, by some, this is treated as a different race to Mourning Wheatear. The Mourning Wheatear I saw in Palestine looked nothing like the one above.
The road to Tinghir
I watched this last year and for the last 7 years I've always wanted to see Gary Clark Jr live. Clapton take note cuz ain't got nothing on this guy!