11 January 2018 – A probable Wahlberg’s Eagle quite close to Morocco

A very probable Wahlberg’s Eagle Hieraaetus wahlbergi photographed on 23 September 2014 at Nouadhibou, Cap Blanc Peninsula, Mauritania (20.775, -17.046), quite close to the Moroccan Atlantic Sahara. This bird was initially determined as a Tawny Eagle (Hans Verdaat)

This would be the second Western Palearctic record (per José-Luis Copete)


The Wahlberg’s Eagle is distributed in W Africa from S Mauritania and Senegambia E to Sudan, Eritrea and Ethiopia, S through E Africa to Botswana and N & E South Africa and W to Angola and N & C Namibia (Kemp, A.C. & Kirwan, G.M. 2018. Wahlberg’s Eagle (Hieraaetus wahlbergi). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. Retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/53160 on 11 January 2018).)


Yet another species to look for when travelling in the Atlantic Sahara!


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