On Saturday 02 April 2011, after breakfast at the town of Azrou in the Middle Atlas, I and my friends Imad Cherkaoui, Said Lahrouz and Adel Bouajaja headed to the lakes of Aguelmam Sidi Ali and Aguelmam Afenourrir. We birded en route to Timahdit before reaching the lakes. We were interested, among others, in breeding populations of Ruddy Shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea) which both lakes hold an important breeding population. By the way this species was a ‘lifer’ for me along with many other species which I will write about later. All photographs by Said Lahrouz except the last one obviously. Here are the passerines and non-passerines parts of the report respectively.
Note on the toponymy: Aguelmam means lake in Tamazight (Berber) language. e.g. “Aguelmam n Sidi Ali” translates as
". "Lake of Sidi Ali