Birding the Granada bad lands and the greener mountains.
Deb and Renate, Day three.
|General view of the area near Gorafe.|
|Renate in the same area.|
We continued on to the village and then out into the countryside taking the wrong track the first time but this produced some good birds and some quite amazing views.
Birds included Black-eared Wheatear (Collalba Rubia / Oenanthe hispanica), Tawny Pipit (Bisbita campestre / Anthus campestris), Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina), Red-billed Chough (Chova Piquirroja / Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax), lots of Calandra Lark (Calandria / Melanocorypha calandra), Iberian Grey Shrike (Alcaudón Real Meridional / Lanius meridionalis), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros) and several more Griffon Vultures. At the far end of the track where we guessed we had taken the wrong turn we had superb views of the desert type landscape and in the distance out to the Embalse de Negratín.
As we walked around here taking a good number of photographs we saw several Black-eyed Blue (Glaucopsyche melanops) butterflies as well as Bath White (Pontia daplidice), Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) and Clouded Yellow (Colias corcea).
|Black-eyed Blue (Glaucopsyche melanops).|
|Deb and Renate photographing the superb views.|
We retraced our way back to the starting point picking up Marsh Harrier (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus), Short-toed (Terrera Común / Calandrella brachydactyla), Thekla (Cogujada Montesina / Galerida theklae) and Crested Larks (Cogujada / Galerida cristata) on the way.
|Rock Sparrow (Gorrión Chillón / Petronia petronia) showing yellow spot.|
|Trumpeter Finch (Camachuelo Trompetero / Bucanetes githagineus).|
|Roller (Carraca / Coracias garrulus).|
|Great Spotted Cuckoo (Crialo Europeo / Clamator gladarius).|
|Barton's Orchid (Dactylorhiza insularis).|