A second day in the fantastic mountains looking for Wildflowers, Butterflies and Dragonflies.
I took Jayne in to Granada City where she was going to hit the sales for a few hours whilst I was going to have a look for some butterflies and plants at around 2500 meters in Sierra Nevada. I started by parking at the upper car parks and having a walk along a track which starts from near the spot, straight away I started to see Apollo (Apolo / Parnassius apollo subsp nevadensis) butterflies cruising down the slopes and a good numbers of Silver-studded Blues (Plebejus argus hypochionus) which were nectering on Thyme plants along side the track.
On the first part of the walk I saw several Rock Sparrows (Gorrión Chillón / Petronia petronia), Northern Wheatears (Collalba Gris / Oenanthe oenanthe), Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina), House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica), Pallid Swift (Vencejo Pálido /Apus pallidus), Crag Martin (Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus) and Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros). A bit further on I saw the first of quite a few Spanish Brassy Ringlets (Erebia hispania) but they were as usual very difficult to get close to with the camera.
|Northern Wheatear (Collalba Gris / Oenanthe oenanthe).|
|Moonwort (Lunaria menor / Botrychium lunaria).|
|Great Banded Grayling (Rey Moro / Kanetisa circe).|