2005 – The Road to Morocco – Part 6
Arrived back in Gib on Easter Sunday after 2 weeks of isolation in Morocco. A great trip but very much hard work, not only because of the conditions but I was with people who spoke no English. You get pretty good at sign language after a while.
There were many highs and lows during the trip, but overall I really enjoyed myself. So much happened but I am so busy at present that I am unable to recall much to you at this point in time.
Just imagine no TV, no radio, no music, no books, no beer, but really good people, great food, fabulous country. Early mornings, late nights, totally different culture and customs. It all added up to a good time. Only slight disappointment was the weather. Strong winds and a fair amount of rain spoilt the ringing a little as we, as you can imagine, were totally exposed in the middle of a marsh. Soaked when it rains and fried when the sun shines. The only company to be found there were camels. Not the best of companions as they smell.
I am presently writing reports and gathering all the data together as well as trying to catch up here in Gib. It’s a bit like being at work again but much more enjoyable. I think that I will just about get myself together and it will be time to start preparing and departing for Morocco again. Hopefully the weather will be kinder next time as it will be peak migration time.
I am trying to relax and enjoy the better weather here and migration looks as if it has finally got under way. Well, for the raptors at least. Passerine movement is still extremely slow, almost non existent. Some times only 4 birds a day here.
New occupants with me at the Obs. As I predicted, Michael did not return. I have a Norwegian lass for company this week and another ringer arrives on April fool’s day.
I do not know when I will be able to email again, but I will try once more before I leave. No promises as the lure of the pub may be greater.