Thursday, 12 March 2009

Embalse De Iznájar, Cordoba Province.

Spider Orchid hunt.

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 (Orquídea italiana / Orchis italica) I have ever seen (right and below), Ophrys forestieri, Sawfly Orchid (Ophrys tenthredinifera), Mirror Orchid (Ophrys Speculum) and a single spike of Giant Orchid (Orquídea gigante / Barlia robertiana). 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 Azure-winged Magpie (Cyanopica cyanus / Rabilargo) and Red-billed Chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax / Chova Piquirroja).
Photographs: Both are Italian Man Orchid (Orchis italica).

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