Thursday, 12 March 2009

Embalse De Iznájar, Cordoba Province.

Spider Orchid hunt.

Italian Man Orchid (Orchis italica).
The main reason for visiting this site was to try and find Dark Spider Orchid (Ophrys incubacea) amongst the Pine trees. It was not to be my day for this species but I did see some of the best Italian Man Orchid (Orchis italica) I have ever seen (right and below), Ophrys forestieri, Sawfly (Ophrys tenthredinifera), Mirror (Ophrys Speculum) and a single spike of Giant Orchid (Himanthoglosum robertiana).
Italian Man Orchid (Orchis italica).
Further around the lake on the Southern Road / track we saw more Ophrys forestieri, Spanish Toadflax (Linaria amethystea), Vinca difformis, Fedia (Fedia cornucopiae), Galactites tomentosa and at the view point half way around there was a nice show of Narcissus baeticus. Birds were few but we did see Iberian  Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki) and Red-billed Chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax / Chova Piquirroja).

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