Sunday, 13 March 2016

Hacho, Loja, Granada Province.

A hour with the camera amongst the Orchids on Hacho.

Jayne and I headed up to the track which skirts the Northern flank of Hacho and parked before walking up the track towards the summit but only went a short way before I started photographing the many Orchids on the site. Species seen included Giant Orchid (Himantoglossum robertiana), Fan-lipped Orchid (Anacamptis collina) including a single spike of the var flavescens, Ophrys dyris which was a new species for me at the site, Ophrys forestieri, Sawfly Orchid (Flor de avispa / Ophrys tenthredinifera subsp tenthredinifera) and Southern Early Purple Orchid (Chupaeros Androrchis Olbiensis). On the main track I also had a rather tatty Large Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis polychlorus) which played hard to get a shot of but I managed one. 

Photographs from the top: 3x Ophrys dyris, 2x Giant Orchid (Himantoglossum robertiana), 2x Fan-lipped Orchid (Anacamptis collina var flavescens) and the Large Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis polychlorus).

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