A day with the masters of Orchids.
|Yellow Bee Orchids (Orquídea Abejera / Ophrys lutea).|
I spent a cracking morning with some of the top Orchid botanists in our area and listened to a couple of very interesting lectures given by Manuel Becerra Parra and Jose Antonio Díaz Romera.
|Pink Butterfly Orchids (Anacamptis papilionacea).|
It was also good to meet some old faces and met some new ones who had up till then just been names and photo's on Facebook.
Later we went for lunch and the out doing some photography, we visited a site just out side of the town of Archidona. In the first few minutes Damián Quintana showed us a superb patch of Pink Butterfly Orchids (Anacamptis papilionacea) with a few Yellow Bee Orchids (Orquídea Abejera / Ophrys lutea) dotted in with them. We continued walking around the site and soon added Southern Early Purple (Chupaeros / Androrchis Olbiensis), Mirror (Ophrys speculum subsp speculum) and then the star of the day for me 6 spikes of the stunning hybrid Orchis x gennarii (O. papilionacea x O. champagneuxii). We again continued on and found Sawfly Orchid (Flor de avispa / Ophrys tenthredinifera subsp tenthredinifera), Conical Orchid (Neotinea conica), more of the Hybrids and lots of other wildflowers including Pheasant's Eye (Adonis annua), Grey-leaved Cistus (Cistus albidus), Star of Bethlehem (Ornithogalum umbellatum) and Shepherds Needles (Scandix pecten-veneris).
|Orchis x gennarii (O. papilionacea x O. champagneuxii).|
On the wonder around the area I also picked up a few bird species as well including Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Pallid Swift (Vencejo Pálido /Apus pallidus), House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica) and Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica). I had to leave the group quite early as Jayne and I were heading out for the evening for an Indian meal with our friend from the Good Fork Club in Loja.
|Pheasant's Eye (Adonis annua).|
|Mirror Orchid (Ophrys speculum subsp speculum).|
|Sawfly Orchid (Flor de avispa / Ophrys tenthredinifera subsp tenthredinifera).|
|Conical Orchid (Neotinea conica).|