Friday, 30 April 2010

Embalse de Iznajar, Malaga Province.

On the edge of the 1% of the Embalse in Malaga Province.

There is a very small patch of the Embalse that just creeps in to the province which includes the southern half of the Dam near Cuevas de San Marcos. With some good directions from Ian Phillips yet again I found several plants of the uncommon Mirror Orchid Subsp lucitanica (Ophrys Speculum subsp lucitanica), another less used and better name for this species is Iberian Ophrys (Ophrys vernixia). The plants were in an area of Pine woodland not to far from the dam along with several spikes of Yellow Bee Orchid (Ophrys lutea) and Small-flowered Serapias (Serapias parviflora). The Common Mirror Orchids (Ophrys Speculum subsp Speculum) were all pretty much over with, as were a couple of spikes of Giant (Barlia robertiana) and a great many Italian Man Orchids (Orchis italica). Firecrest (Reyezuelo Listado / Regulus ignicapillus), Common Crossbill (Piquituerto Común / Loxia curvirostra), Coal Tit (Carbonero Garrapinos / Parus ater), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala) and Orphean Warbler (Curruca Mirlona / Sylvia hortensis) were all seen in the pines. Large numbers of House Martins (Avión Común / Delichon urbica) were nesting on the under side of the dam and a couple of pairs of Red-rumped Swallows (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirundo daurica) must have had a sutable nest site near by as they were also feeding along the dam wall.
Photographs from the top: 1 and 2 Mirror Orchid Subsp lucitanica (Ophrys Speculum subsp lucitanica) and the third is possibly an hybrid with commoner Mirror Orchids (Ophrys Speculum subsp Speculum).

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