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Two-spotted Field Cricket Gryllus bimaculatus

Observer

dakhlarovers

Date

October 13, 2020

Place

Dakhla (Google, OSM)

Description

A female found on the bungalow's wooden walls. All around is vegetated with natural low bushes and small cultivated patches.

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Northern Gannet Morus bassanus

Observer

dakhlarovers

Date

October 8, 2020 11:30 AM +01

Place

Dakhla (Google, OSM)

Description

A juvenile found this morning on the shore, apparently unharmed. Hope everything is going to be well with you, kid!

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Common Octopus Octopus vulgaris

Observer

dakhlarovers

Date

September 18, 2020 04:30 PM +01

Description

The waters around Dakhla are among the most productive globally for octopus catches. So it's relieving when you spot one crawling its way out of (or back to) the sea, at low tide.

Photos and observation by Jo Chatterton - dog and feet for scale ;-)

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Honeycomb Worm Sabellaria alveolata

Observer

dakhlarovers

Date

September 18, 2020 04:30 PM +01

Description

It is sadly quite rare to have intact Sabellaria reefs close to shores used by fishermen and anglers. This construction is perfect - look at the fine details in the close up!

Photo and obs by our dear friend Jo Chatterton.

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Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia

Observer

dakhlarovers

Date

September 20, 2017 04:54 PM +01

Place

Dakhla (Google, OSM)

Description

The Atlantic Side of the Dakhla peninsula is an ideal place to look for Caspian Terns. Included this, caught ... in the act!

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Butterfly Rays Genus Gymnura

Observer

dakhlarovers

Date

November 21, 2019 08:25 AM +01

Description

Although the White Dune is spectacular when surrounded by water at high tide, the best moment for a good beach combing session is when ebb tide has started. This reveals fresh tracks and marks, including some amazing ray marks like the one here. Disc width ca. 30 cm.

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Sea Stars Class Asteroidea

Observer

dakhlarovers

Date

September 2, 2017 09:22 AM +01

Description

Yep, we could have picked it up, cleaned and gracely put back on sand for a nice (and surely more informative!) photo but we decided to let it stay undisturbed. We don't see many sea stars on beaches and tidal flats, tho, so it's good to report anyway.

Apporx diameter 2-3 cm.

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Brown-necked Raven Corvus ruficollis

Observer

dakhlarovers

Date

March 17, 2019 11:04 AM +01

Description

What happened here? Long story short under the Osprey observation: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/58496364

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Osprey Pandion haliaetus

Observer

dakhlarovers

Date

March 17, 2019 11:04 AM +01

Description

So the Osprey was minding its own business on this solitary Acacia along the road, when the Brown-necked Raven (https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/58496423) came and kicked it away!

BTW, this observation is quite rare given the distance from the coast. Most Ospreys in the Atlantic Sahara remain in the coastal belt, although a few have been already spotted around Aousserd or other areas deep into the desert.

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Desert Orange Tip Colotis liagore

Observer

dakhlarovers

Date

March 9, 2019 06:15 PM +01

Place

Aousserd (Google, OSM)

Description

The position doesn't help so our tentative ID also based on reports by birders and mammals watchers in the same area.

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Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus

Observer

dakhlarovers

Date

September 20, 2017 02:32 PM BST

Description

For some reason, we only uploaded these two other obs from the same bunch of species: Common Ringed Plover https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/8206537 and Dunlin https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/8207006 . Finally fixed!

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Sooty Seahare Aplysia fasciata

Observer

dakhlarovers

Date

August 22, 2020 12:30 PM +01

Description

Leaning towards A. fasciata based on Moro et al 2017 (Moro et al 2017. Nota sobre tres babosas (Nuddibranchia y Sacoglossa) colectadas en la costas atlántica de Àfrica (Cabo Espartel, Agadir y Dakhla), con un listado de especies acompanantes. Vieraea 45: 205-2014).

We know Aplysia can be observed on the Atlantic side of the Dakhla peninsula, but never saw this amount! The cliff has recently collapsed, creating new ponds and possibly new habitat. Reproduction is known to occur in late summer-early fall, when many individuals move in shallow waters to breed. So, this is probably why.

Observation and pics by our good friend Jo Chatterton (she should set up her own iNat profile, one day ;-))

(feet for size comparison, last pic is overview of habitat)

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Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis

Observer

dakhlarovers

Date

October 30, 2019

Description

Spotted definitely far from the coast, but at a herders'well, during a long tour with our guests Benedetta & Cesare (Photo: Benedetta di Marco).

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Jelly Blubber Catostylus tagi

Observer

dakhlarovers

Date

June 1, 2019 05:02 PM +00

Description

We would lean towards R. pulmo, but given the conditions of this washashore it is safer to remain at the genus level (expert advice always welcome, tho!!!)

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Goose Barnacle Pollicipes pollicipes

Observer

dakhlarovers

Date

November 20, 2018 07:16 PM +01

Description

Observed while beachcombing on the open Atlantic coast at low tide.

Thanks to @Finrod and then to @austinsmith for leading with ID!
(ref: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/51127119)

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Observer

dakhlarovers

Date

October 31, 2019 11:17 AM +01

Description

One of the really many Acacia trees in the desert of Dakhla!

This pic was taken by Severine, who spent the day with us and her family.

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Golden Nightjar Caprimulgus eximius

Observer

dakhlarovers

Date

April 7, 2019 10:40 PM +01

Description

Spring 2019 was the first time when the Golden Nightjar was confirmed breeding in the area.

https://www.magornitho.org/2019/03/golden-nightjar-breeding-aousserd/

This observation was made with Vaughan Ashby and his group.

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Marbled Crab Pachygrapsus marmoratus

Observer

dakhlarovers

Date

March 23, 2020

Place

Dakhla (Google, OSM)

Description

A small crab from our friend Jo Chatterton, found beachcombing in the morning at low tide.

Picture (which is just beautiful!!) doesn't show the crab's body shape, but based on the shape of claws, and after cheching for the species' distribution, this looks like a good guess. Better ID are welcome!!

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Thick-billed Lark Ramphocoris clotbey

Observer

dakhlarovers

Date

April 9, 2019 01:07 PM +01

Description

This area is where we usually find the Thick-billed Lark, although searching may take quite some time.

Obs made with Vaughan Ashby and his group.

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Salt Tree Nitraria retusa

Observer

dakhlarovers

Date

January 4, 2019 11:27 AM +01

Description

This is a large bush right on the shore facing the White Dune. A beautiful and wind-shielded spot to enjoy the birds that visit the Ramsar site.

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Eurasian Griffon Gyps fulvus

Observer

dakhlarovers

Date

December 19, 2017 05:10 PM GMT

Description

This young individual got stuck at the very end of the Dakhla peninsula for a few months, probably after following the wrong wind during migration. During its stay, it was duly taken care by the staff at Ocean Vagabond Lassarga, until it managed to fly back with the spring migration.

The bird was ringed in Spain but our attempts to identify the ringers didn't bring anywhere.

Also check this report on the Go South Bulletin: http://www.go-south.org/21-december-2017-the-griffon-vulture-at-dakhla/

and if you know more on the rings... please post the info here!

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dakhlarovers

Date

July 8, 2020 02:05 PM +01

Place

Dakhla (Google, OSM)

Description

Many bushes around this area, and lots of bumble bees. Flowers are small and dark pink.

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dakhlarovers

Date

July 8, 2020 02:05 PM +01

Place

Dakhla (Google, OSM)

Description

Many bushes like this, with dozens of bumble bees flying around.

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dakhlarovers

Date

April 12, 2020 03:26 PM +01

Place

Dakhla (Google, OSM)

Description

One of the most beautiful shells one can find on the western shore of the Dakhla bay. This, with its entire mini-universe of associated critters, was found again by our friend Jo Chatterton.

Kudos for the ID go to @finrod as we took from his obs here: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/38628905

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dakhlarovers

Date

April 12, 2020 03:26 PM +01

Place

Dakhla (Google, OSM)

Description

This pic was taken by our good friend Jo Chatterton, who agreed to let us post for her. Sea cucumber found on the shore at low tide - probably left from fishermen.

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Red Thumb Cynomorium coccineum

Observer

dakhlarovers

Date

December 24, 2016 03:04 PM GMT

Description

Scroll through pics for scale!

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Observer

dakhlarovers

Date

October 8, 2017 12:45 PM +01

Description

A solitary flower next to a hard-ground piste.

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Ratel Mellivora capensis

Observer

dakhlarovers

Date

February 17, 2020 02:55 AM +01

Description

A very rare photo of a Honey Badger in the area of Dakhla. There have been some observations in the past few years, including roadkills, but just one other passage in front of a lense (in that case it was a camera trap). So... apologies for the perspective!!!

This photo was taken by @javielor (credits in the photo).

For more info on this and previous observations in the area:

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Compass Jelly Chrysaora hysoscella

Observer

dakhlarovers

Date

April 7, 2018

Description

Found at low tide while beachco,bing at the White Dune. Not a common find, tho, at least there.

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Eurasian Stone-Curlew Burhinus oedicnemus

Observer

dakhlarovers

Date

March 7, 2019

Description

Stone Curlew with chicks! More information on the breeding records for the area can be found here: http://www.go-south.org/13-march-2019-stone-curlew-breeding-at-mijk/

Observation made with our guest Gerald Broddelez and his group.

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