Friday, 4 July 2014

Travelling to and from Baza and at Venta del Molinillo, Granada Province.

A run out with Jayne and son Alan.

For a while we had been meaning to visit this part of Granada Province and thought that we would have a run up there for a day out whilst Alan was with us. On the way I saw a couple of Carrion Crows (Corneja Negra / Corvus corone) on pylons and just as we entered the town we saw three more mobbing a pale phase Booted Eagle (Aguililla Calzada / Hieraaetus pennatus). Whilst we were travelling there and back I also saw Woodchat Shrike (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator), Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula), Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), Short-toed Eagle (Culebrera Europeo / Circaetus gallicus), Common Swift (Vencejo Común / Apus apus), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Turtle Dove (Tórtola Europea / Streptopelia turtur) and Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus).
The town was not what we had expected, I will say no more but whilst walking around I did see Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Pallid Swift (Vencejo Pálido /Apus pallidus), House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica), Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula) and House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus).
We spent a while walking around and then headed off to Purullena where Jayne looked around the ceramic shops before we went and had some lunch. After eating we headed back towards Granada as Alan wanted to get a new camera before he headed off on hoilday to Italy, on the way we stopped at Venta del Molinillo and I had a walk along the river. Whilst here I found several Beautiful Demoiselles (Calopteryx virgo) and a couple of Large Pincertails (Onychogomphus uncatus). Birds included Wren (Chochin / Troglodytes troglodytes), Nightingale (Ruisenor Común / Luscinia megarhynchos), Long-tailed Tit (Mito / Aegithalos caudatus), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pico Picapinos / Dendrocopos major), Golden Oriole (Oropéndola / Oriolus oriolus) and Short-toed Treecreeper (Agateador Común / Certhia brachydactyla). Whilst I was getting some shots of the Beautiful Demoiselles a Large Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis polychlorus) landed nearby and allowed me to get a few shot which was very nice as I have not got a decent upper-wing shot before. From here we headed in to the City and then home. 

Photographs from the top: Male Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo), Female Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo) and Large Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis polychlorus).

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