Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Embalse de Iznajar.

New Orchid species for my list.

Dark Spider Orchid (Ophrys incubacea).
After I dropped Peter back in Antequera I headed out towards the Dam at Embalse de Iznajar. After a tip off by Ian Phillips in Malaga I was hoping to pick up a new orchid species, he had found several spikes of Dark Spider Orchids (Ophrys incubacea). I started the search and with his excellent directions I very quickly found the first of the three spikes Ian told me about and then located the other two nearby. Also in this area I found loads of Mirror (Ophrys speculum), Yellow Bee (Ophrys lutea), Italian Man (Orchis italica) and Giant Orchids (Himantoglossum robertiana).
Italian Man Orchid (Orchis italica) Hypochromatic.
A little further along the road I had a look at the Bumble-bee Orchids (Ophrys bombyliflora) seen a week or so earlier, whilst looking at these I looked up and found another three spikes of the Spider Orchids. A little further up the bank there was a nice group of around 50 more Italian Man Orchids including a couple of Hypochromatic white flowers and a Hybrid between Italian Man (Orchis Italica) and Man Orchid (Aceras anthropophorum) = Orchiaceras bivonae.
Orchiaceras bivonae.
Birds were few but I did pick up Coal Tit (Carbonero Garrapinos / Parus ater), Common Crossbill (Piquituerto Común / Loxia curvirostra) and very smart Firecrest (Reyezuelo Listado / Regulus ignicapillus).

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