Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Balsa de Regidor, Moraleda de Zafayona, Granada Province.

A site that's hard on the senses.

Jayne and I stopped off briefly on our way back from the Garden Centre with the latest lettuce plants for the veg patch, so that I could check out the Dragonflies. The first thing that hits you at this site is the smell of raw sewage which is allowed to leak into this man made irrigation lake. It is far as I am aware a know problem that no one seems to want to do anything about. Anyway, there is still quite a lot of wildlife on the site, on the pool a couple of pairs of Common Pochard (Porrón Europeo / Aythya ferina) had 10 ducklings between them and there were also numerous young of both Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinula Chloropus) and Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra) around the margins. In the Almond trees around the northern side of the pool I was scolded by several Nightingales (Ruisenor Común / Luscinia megarhynchos) and at least two Juvenile Great Spotted Cuckoos (Crialo Europeo / Clamator gladarius) also rattled the disapproval from a nearby Willow. Good numbers of Dragonflies were around the marginal vegetation, including Black-tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum), Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope), Red-veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii), Iberian Bluetail (Ischnura graellsii) and Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathinerum).
Photographs from the top: Common Pochard (Porrón Europeo / Aythya ferina) family, Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope) and Wasp species on Wild Carrot (Daucus carota).

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