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Photographs by Martin Reid©




The high hamada (or stone) deserts of central and southern Morocco are home to many specialist songbirds, such as the Red-rumped Wheatear (male above, female below.) Birding in this habitat can be frustrating, as bird density and variety is low, and finding the birds requires a lot of searching. On the high plains near Zeida (where these pictures were taken) the dawn temperature is below freezing, and by noon it is extremely hot - difficult for us birders but imagine how tough the resident birds must be! These photographs were taken not long after first light, and the birds were puffed up to retain body heat - three hours later they were looking slim and trim in the hot sun.