Monday, 20 April 2015

Illora and near Sierra de Huétor, Granada Province.

Seeing a friend and some nice Orchids.

Lady Orchid (Orchis purpurea).
I met Ian Philips an Orchid expert from Malaga at the Huétor Tajar exit 203 before heading out to a site near Illora where we looked for the uncommon Lady Orchid (Orchis purpurea) but at this spot we only found 2 blind rosettes so we put another address in to the sat-nav and made our way to a site near to Sierra de Huétor just to the north of Granada city.
Lady Orchid (Orchis purpurea).
We arrived and searched the area of scrub and eventually turned up at least 7 very nice spikes and a lot of blind rosettes. In the same area we saw 100+ spikes of Southern Early Purple (Androrchis Olbiensis), a few Mirror (Ophrys speculum) and Yellow Bee Orchids (Ophrys lutea).
Lady Orchid (Orchis purpurea).
We also had birds including Woodlark (Totovia / Lullula arborea), Cirl Bunting (Escribano Soteno / Emberiza cirlus), Bonelli's Warbler (Mosquitero Papialbo / Phylloscopus bonelli), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), Firecrest (Reyezuelo Listado / Regulus ignicapillus) and Jay (Arrendajo / Garrulus glandarius).
Lady Orchid (Orchis purpurea) taking a few shots.
From here we went and had some lunch before Ian headed back off down to Malaga and I went home.

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