Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Huetor Tajar, Granada Province.

On the way back from the shopping.

Spanish (Yellow) Wagtail (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava iberiae).
I popped down to the Supermarket in Huetor and decided to cut across the fields on the return journey. A couple of the lucerne fields were being flooded and had attracted large numbers of passage Spanish (Yellow) Wagtail (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava iberiae) of all ages and several other subspecies. Cattle Egrets (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis) and a single Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea) were also feeding on the many insects and animals flushed out by the water.
Crested Lark (Cogujada Común / Galerida cristata).
Crested Lark (Cogujada Común / Galerida cristata), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer Domesticus), Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis) and a single female Montagu's Harrier (Aguilucho Cenizo / Circus pygargus) were all in the same area.
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Several Lesser Emperors (Anax parthenope) and Red-veined Darts (Sympetrum fonscolombii) were flying around the weedy edges along with a single Desert Darter (Sympetrum sinaiticum tarraconesis).
African Grass Blue (Zizeeia knysna).
On a track just before the house several Long-tailed Blues, (Lampides boeticus) , a single Mediterranean Skipper, (Gegenes nostrodamus) were all seen on a small patch of Lucerne. Photographs from the top: Yellow Wagtails (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava), Crested LarkMMediterranean Skipper (Gegenes nostrodamus) and African Grass Blues (Zizeeia knysna).

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