The area we would be exploring is called the Erg Chebbi dune which is the largest dune structure in this area.
There were some tourists experiencing both the desert and a camel ride. If we hadn't been birding, I'd have liked to try that out!
It was time to set off into the desert, four of us in each Landrover.
When we got into the dunes proper, the going got quite tough. If you suffer from motion sickness, I don't think you'd have enjoyed this very much! The drivers were very skilled.
The scenery around us was stunning. I don't think the camera really does it justice.There were some plants flowering out there. I didn't get to find out their names which is a shame.
One of my personal favourite target birds for the trip was Cream-coloured Courser. We saw several from a distance on this day and were lucky enough to have one reasonably close to our car. I was able to snap off a couple of quick shots before it moved away. Believe it or not, this is a wader, but spends its time here in the desert.
We were ready for a lunch stop as we'd been up since before dawn. We were served mint tea by local Berbers and settled down to lunch while the locals did their best to sell us rugs! Apologies for the poor quality of photo.
Soon enough it was back out for more birding in amongst this beautiful scenery.When I say birding, we were extremely fortunate to come across this gorgeous Fennec Fox. I managed to get a shot of it before it slunk away out of sight into its den. Fennec foxes are nocturnal and mainly feed on insects, small mammals and birds.
Some more shots of flowering plants. I have a feeling one of the drivers might have called this Desert Onion.
Another of my most wanted target species to see was Hoopoe Lark. We saw a number of them but they proved elusive for any decent shots. Their display flight is amazing. They fly straight up in the air and then plummet down head first to the ground, righting themselves at the last moment! We were lucky to see this on a couple of occasions.Just a shot of the dunes and the clear blue sky. Gorgeous colours!
This next bird is one I've seen as a vagrant in Britain. Poor thing! Here, it was in its element. The Desert Wheatear. This is a male.I'll finish, maybe predictably with a glorious sunset over the dunes. It had been a long, tiring but wonderful day. I'll never forget it!
More from Morocco soon.