Steve, Lynn and Adams last day in the field before heading to Grazalema.
|Adonis Blue (Lysandra bellargus).|
The male then flew up and landed in a conifer tree right next to us which had Steve’s camera going full blast but unfortunately the bird did not land in the right place and the light was not good! Next came a couple of Common Sandpipers (Andarrios Chico / Actitis hypoleucos) which chased each other around for a while, more Common Pochards and Eurasian Coots and a single Grey Wagtail (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea). Down on the concrete sides to the run off pool there was a nice male Orange-winged Dropwing (Trithemis kirbyi) and on a branch of a willow a male Violet Dropwing (Trithemis annulata).
|Keeled Skimmer (Orthetrum coerulescens).|
We checked out a couple of areas of scrub along the waters edge and on the bank above us picking up good numbers of Adonis Blues (Lysandra bellargus) along with Clouded Yellow (Colias Común / Colias crocea), Bath White (Blanqiverdosa / Pontia daplidice), Southern Brown Argus (Aricia cramera), Iberian Scarce Swallowtail (Iphiclides feisthameli), Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus), Southern Gatekeeper (Pyronia cecilia) and Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria). Red-veined Darters (Sympetrum fonscolombii) were also very common along this stretch including a couple with strangely coloured brown / grey flanks to the thorax, but we eventually had to give up trying to discover a new species.
Right down in the far corner of the car park we had a species which I had not seen at the site before in the shape of a female Keeled Skimmer (Orthetrum coerulescens) which eventually sat nicely for the camera until it was flushed by a male Blue / Common Emperor (Anax imperator). In the same area we had quite a few White Featherlegs (Platycnemis latipes) and a couple of Iberian Bluetails (Ischnura graellsii).
|Lynn and Adam at the Graves.|