New Orchid species for my list.
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 (Barlia robertiana). 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 Albinos and a Hybrid between Italian Man (Orchis Italica) and Man Orchid (Aceras anthropophorum). 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).
Photographs from the top: Early Spider Orchids (Ophrys Sphegodes / incubacea), albino Italian Man (Orchis italica) and Italian Man X Man (Orchiaeras bivonae).