Saturday, 2 March 2013

Hacho, Loja, Granada Province.

Sorting the cats out.

Giant Orchid (Himantoglossum robertiana).
I went for a walk in the Pine Woods on the Northern slopes of Hacho a small Sierra North of Loja, where I was looking for Pine cones to put on the herb patch to try and stop the dam semi-feral cats crapping in it. This method was Jaynes nicer idea to try and stop them, which was not quite the same as mine!
Giant Orchid (Himantoglossum robertiana) Hypochromatic.
Anyway whilst I was walking through collecting cones I was finding lots of Giant Orchids (Himantoglossum robertiana) in quite a few different shades of pink and a single white and green flowered plant. In the same area there were also lots of spikes of Ophrys forestieri
Giant Orchid (Himantoglossum robertiana).

Birds included Short-toed Treecreeper (Agateador Común / Certhia brachydactyla), Common Crossbill (Piquituerto Común / Loxia curvirostra), Coal Tit (Carbonero Garrapinos / Parus ater), Green Woodpecker (Pito Real / Picus viridis) and I could hear the local pair of Eagle Owls (Buho Real / Bubo bubo) calling to each on several occasions.

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