Thursday, March 03, 2011

White-crowned Wheatear - roosting & singing in human habitation

During two nights stay at Kasbah Hotel Yasmina (formerly Cafe Yasmina) at Erg Chebbi, north of Merzouga, an adult White-crowned Wheatear (Oenanthe leucopyga) appeared after dark inside the main room while we were having dinner. It favoured the wall-mounted lamp covers (moths available for night time snacks) and appeared completely at ease with the coming and going of staff and guests. In fact, during a tebilat drumming session, it even began to sing! Apparently it been present for a long period and so I didn't want to disturb it with a camera flash. Instead, here is a photograph of a first year bird (with no white crown) in the nearby dunes.

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