Saturday 9 February 2013

Grazalema and Montejaque, Cadiz Province.

A morning of crafts and an afternoon of Narcissus.

Sue, Jayne and I had a steady start and made our way up to the Visitor Centre in Grazalema to have a go at some of the crafts being carried out. Before we left I had a quick look in the garden seeing Nuthatch (Trepador Azul / Sitta europaea), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Green Woodpecker (Pito Real / Picus viridis), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Griffon Vultures (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus) and Blue Tit (Herrerillo Común / Parus caeruleus). Once we were at the centre Jayne had a go at a couple of the crafts that were being shown, the first was some thing with plastic rings and wood which eventually turns into a bobble hat or some thing similar, next came the potters whell which Jayne enjoyed this as it was fun and messy. The final test was on the huge carpet making loom, this was hard work but great fun. Well with the fun bit out of the way so Sue, Jayne and I headed out to Montejaque where we had some lunch while we waited for Eva (of Ronda Mountains) to meet us. We then went to a site a few KM away where Eva had been given information about the very rare subspecies of the Narcissus Confusa / Bugei which has still to be give an official name but it may be Montejaquensis or something similar. Eva had seen a single flower which was not quite out a few days earlier but she now had another site to check and once there we soon found two cracking flowers and then along the same track we found several more plants. In the same area we also had Short-toed Treecreeper (Agateador Común / Certhia brachydactyla), Long-tailed Tit (Mito / Aegithalos caudatus), Red-billed Chough (Chova Piquirroja / Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax) and Meadow Pipit (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis). After taking lots of shot we headed to another just off the Libar Valley, on the way we saw lots more Griffon Vultures, a male Bonelli's Eagle (Aguila-azor / Hieraetus faciatus), Crag Martin (Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris) and Blue-rock Thrush (Roquero Solitario / Monticola solitarius). We then all piled into Eva 4x4 and she took us up to a spot above the valley where she was going to show us another Narcissus species. We parked and walked a short way out to a small ridge where we saw hundreds of multi headed spikes of Narcissus Beaticus along with Wild-leaved Iris (Iris planifolia) this made a fine sight. We also saw the Bonelli's Eagle again, loads more Griffons and down on the ground there was a nice carpet of the beautiful Andalucian Storksbill (Erodium recoderi). We then went back down into the town for a coffee and then made our way back to Sue's house for something to eat.

Photographs from the top: Jayne on the potters wheel, Narcissus Confusa / Bugei x2, Sam taking a shot, Narcissus Beaticus x2, part of Sierra Libar and Andalucian Storksbill (Erodium recoderi).

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