Saturday, 27 February 2010

Sierra de Grazalema, Cadiz Province.

The Wildlife.

After visiting the centre in Grazalema Jayne and I went and had a look at a show of Narcissus fernandesi along the road to Ubrique. The sides of the road had been sprayed but the fields were full of plants but the wind made getting shots difficult. We passed several clumps of Paperwhite Narcissus (Narcissus papyraceus) as we headed back to the main road and some lunch. I also picked up several Giant Orchids (Barlia robertiana) and some strange looking Dull Bee Orchids (Ophrys fusca)?? Birds included loads of Griffon Vultures (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus), Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica), Crag Martin (Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris), Black Wheatear (Collalba Negra / Oenanthe leucura), Blue Rock Thrush (Roquero Solitario / Monticola solitarius), Green Woodpecker (Pito Real / Picus viridis), Raven (Cuervo / Corvus corax) and Rock Sparrow (Gorrión Chillón / Petronia petronia). After lunch we passed the Laguna Dulce on the way home and added several White-headed Ducks (Malvasia Cabeciblanca / Oxyura leucocephala), about 50 Greater Flamingo (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus ruber), a small flock of 30+ Common Crane (Grulla Común / Grus grus) and 33 Little Bustards (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax)which did a very timely fly past. For a flying visit we collected a nice list of species.
Photographs from the top: Narcissus fernandesi, Paperwhite Narcissus (Narcissus papyraceus) and Dull Bee Orchids (Ophrys fusca).

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