Rachid El Khamlichi a photographié un male adulte Faucon kobez (Falco vespertinus) près de l'Oued Martil le 08 mai 2010. Le plus intéressant est que cette observation n'est que le 3ème dans la péninsule de Tanger après ceux de Irby (2 oiseaux près de Tanger le 27 avril 1874) et un autre à M'diq près de Tétouan.
A Red-footed Falcon (Falco vespertinus) photographed near the wetland of Oued Martil on 08 May 2010 by Rachid El Khamlichi. The bird was observed hunting insects over an agricultural landscape. This forgotten record discovered recently when Rachid was looking at his photographs.
With less than 30 records, this eastern falcon is still a rarity in Morocco. Most of the 26 Moroccan records (including three not submitted to the MRBC) are from April and early May, with only four are from autumn (Bergier et al. 2011). These observations came from different regions between Dadès-Draa in the south and the Mediterranean coast in the north, but the majority are from the eastern part of Morocco.
Most interesting is that the observation of Rachid is only the 3rd in the Tangier Peninsula after those of Irby (2 near Tangier on 27 April 1874, Irby 1895) and another at M’diq near Tétouan on 27 April 1979 (in Thévenot et al. 2003).
Bergier, P., Franchimont, J., Thévenot, M. & MRBC. (2011). Rare birds in Morocco: report of the Moroccan Rare Birds Committee (2007–09). Bull ABC 18: 40–60.
Irby, L.H.L. (1895). The ornithology of the Straits of Gibraltar (2nd ed). R.H. Porter. London.
Thévenot, M., Vernon, R., & Bergier, P. (2003). The Birds of Morocco. BOU Checklist, no. 20). BOU, Tring.
|Adult male Red-footed Falcon (Falco vespertinus) near Oued Martil, 08 May 2010|