A morning of steppe species and an evening in the mountains.
Granada Wildlife Pyrenees Tour Day Two.
|John, Judy, Mike H, Mike L, Mary-Ann, Linda and Nick.|
|Short-toed Lark (Terrera Común / Calandrella brachydactyla).|
|Pin-tailed Sandgrouse (Ganga Ibérica / Pterocles alchata).|
|Migrant Spreadwing (Lester barbarus).|
Further on we stopped to have a look at the first Calandra Larks (Calandria / Melanocorypha calandra) of the trip and amazingly what turned out to be the only Montagu's Harrier (Aguilucho Cenizo / Circus pygargus) of the tour which was a fine leucistic male. Again we moved on a short distance and stopped to look at a male Marsh Harrier (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus), Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo) whilst we watched this we started to hear a call in the distance but which was getting nearer which we could not put to a species at first but it soon became apparent that this almost corvid like crock was being made by a group of 3 Pin-tailed Sandgrouse (Ganga Ibérica / Pterocles alchata).
|Lesser Short-toed Lark (Terrera Marismena / Calandrella rufescens).|
|Iberian Water Frog (Rana Común / Rana Perezi).|
|Small Red Damselfly (Ceriagrion tenellum).|
|Mary-Ann looking for a Golden Oriole.|
|A rather bloody Griffon Vulture (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus).|
|Egyptian Vulture (Alimoche Común / Neophron percnopterus).|
|Keeled Skimmer (Orthetrum coerulescens).|
|Scarce Swallowtail (Chupaleches / Iphiclides podalirius feisthameli).|
|Male Mouflon (Ovis orientalis).|
Some of the above photgraphs have been taken by guests on the day and are credited on the photo's, thanks for allowing me to use them to make the blog more interesting.