Monday, 29 August 2016

Granada Coast, Granada Province.

A few hours searching but got them in the end.

Jayne and I headed up in to Granada first thing looking for some craft shops for some matterial that Jayne needs to finish a project but as usual in July and August everything was shut, however on the way we had a small group of around 10 or so Honey Buzzards (Aberjero Europeo / Pernis apivorus) circling the A92 just before the Santa Fe exit which was a well over due year tick putting me on 270 for the year.
After leaving the city we drove down to the coast and then east to an area where we spent several hours on dry tracks and amongst the unattractive plastic of the greenhouse and could not find the target species but we did have a stunning male Vagrant Emperor (Anax ephippiger) which few around us for ages but never settled for a photograph, as well as a female Violet Dropwing (Trithemis annulata), several Red-veined Darters (Sympetrum fonscolombii), Large White (Pieris brassicae), Woodchat Shrike (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Red-legged Partridge (Perdiz Roja / Alectoris rufa), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Red-rumped Swallow (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirudo daurica) and Crag Martin (Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris).
After a nice lunch in town we eventually found what I was looking for or the first part of it Capparis spinosa or Wild Caper and then once the sun came out the target Desert Orange-tip (Colotis evagore). I managed to get some record shots of this stunning speces but as the terrain was harder going and I was ware walking sandels I decided that they would have to do until the next time. In the same area I also had several Long Skimmers (Orthetrum trinacria), Bath White (Blanqiverdosa / Pontia daplidice), Swallowtail (Papilio machaon) and Pallid Swift (Vencejo Pálido /Apus pallidus). 
From here we went on back down the coast to Salabrena where we were very pleased to find the Frozen Milk shop was open, Jayne had a small pot but I did not, I only had a medeum one but really would like to have had the full litre !!!!! it is soooooooooooooo nice. After a nice walk along the coast we were getting warm so headed back inland and decided to have a look in the hills of the Alpujarras where we got a couple of the artisan mats before getting home late on.

Photographs from the top: 2x Desert Orange-tip (Colotis evagore), Long Skimmer (Orthetrum trinacria), female Violet Dropwing (Trithemis annulata), the frozen milk, Jayne in the Alpujarras and some of the rugs.

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