Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Balsa de Rigedor, Granada Province.

A local trip with Jayne, Sue and Sam to look for some Dragonflies.

We had a steady startand once we were all sorted we just popped down to a local pool along side the A92 to have a look for some dragonflies. We arrived and I was surprised to find a dozen or so Cattle Egrets (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis) which were having an afternoon siesta in the dead trees along the margins, along with good numbers of Common Pochards (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina), Mallards (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus) and Little Grebe (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis). Other birds seen included Woodchat Shrike (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Turtle Dove (Tórtola Europea / Streptopelia turtur), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Pallid Swift (Vencejo Pálido /Apus pallidus), Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Golden Oriole (Oropéndola / Oriolus oriolus), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula) and Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica). In the water we also saw lots Stripe-necked Terrapins (Mauremys leprosa) and several Iberian Water Frogs (Rana Común / Rana Perezi). The only butterflies noted were several Speckled Woods (Pararge aegeria).
The dragonflies were flying well but not settling often, there were several Lesser (Anax parthenope) and Blue / Common Emperors (Anax imperator), Red-veined Darters (Sympetrum fonscolombii),  Broad Scarlet (Crocothemis erythraea), Black-tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum), Iberian Blue-tail (Ischnura graellsii), Small Red-eyed (Erythromma viridulum), Blue-eye / Goblet-marked Damselfly (Erythromma lindenii), Violet Dropwing (Trithemis annulata) and a couple of Long Skimmers (Orthetrum trinacria). We headed back home before it got too hot and spent the afternoon relaxing.

Photographs from the top: Cattle Egrets (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis), Common Pochards (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina), female Violet Dropwing (Trithemis annulata), male Violet Dropwing and  Black-tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum).

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