Birding Southern Morocco with Brahim Bakass

Brahim Bakass is a professional Birding and Nature Guide based in Marrakech and specialises in taking tours to different areas in the Atlas Mountains and the Saharan desert. Brahim is also active in different associations, for instance he currently serves as the Secretary of the “Groupe d'ornithologie du Maroc” known as GOMAC.

Some of his destinations include:

- The High Atlas Mountains including the Toubkal National Park, the roof of North Africa.

- The Anti-Atlas (Tagdilt track, the rest of Jbel Saghro…)

- The National Parks and lakes of the Middle Atlas.

- Desert areas (Merzouga, Iriki, M'hamid El Ghizlan…) 

- The oases of Draa and Tafilalt.

He also leads 'cultural tours' to discover the rich Amazigh/Berber culture in the High Atlas and desert areas (transhumance and pastoral life, Berber Kasbahs, different archaeological sites with rock carvings…).

He can be contacted through his new (and still under construction) website or through his Facebook profile.

Below you can see some of his photographs: 

Disclaimer: Brahim is not a member of this blog, and we are not members of the same NGOs. We are however members of the same larger "Moroccan birding community" that goes beyond associations and organisations. Also he did not ask us to write this entry. We did write this only as an encouragement for him. We first met Brahim at Jbel Moussa while watching bird migration in September 2011.

Desert Sparrow (Passer simplex)
 Desert Sparrow (Passer simplex) drinking water in a traditional ceramic dish, near M'hamid El Ghizlan
Egyptian Nightjar (Caprimulgus aegyptius)
Egyptian Nightjar (Caprimulgus aegyptius)
Desert Eagle Owl (Bubo ascalaphus)
Desert Eagle Owl (Bubo ascalaphus) and Black Wheatear (Oenanthe leucura)
Saharan horned viper (Cerastes cerastes)
Saharan horned viper (Cerastes cerastes
Gazella dorcas near M'hamid El Ghizlan
Rock carvings at Foum Chenna near Zagora, Anti-Atlas
Rock carvings at Foum Chenna near Zagora, Anti-Atlas