Monday, 20 April 2015

Illora and near Sierra de Huétor, Granada Province.

Seeing a friend and some nice Orchids.

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. 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 (ChupaerosAndrorchis Olbiensis), a few Mirror (Espejo de Venus / Ophrys speculum subsp speculum) and Yellow Bee Orchids (Orquídea Abejera / Ophrys lutea), 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). From here we went and had some lunch before Ian headed back off down to Malaga and I went home.

Photographs: Lady Orchid (Orchis purpurea).

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