Saturday, 6 August 2016

Malaga Province.

Up to our knees in Dragons and wastes in water.

Steve and I headed out to a spot on the Guadalhorce North of Malaga to look for Dragonflies and other wildlife. We arrived on site and found that there was a lot more vegetation along the main river and quite a lot more water in a very nice little side tributary.
We were at the spot by 11.00 and left at 17.00 and spent the whole six hours in an area of just a couple of hundred meters of river where we saw Large (Onychogomphus uncatus) x1M, Small (Onychogomphus forcipatus) and Faded Pincertails (Onychogomphus costae) x12M & 3F, Ringed Cascader (Zygonyx torridus) x9M, Blue / Common (Anax imperator) x2 M & 1F and Lesser Emperors (Anax parthenope) x1M, Scarlet (Crocothemis erythraea) and Red-veined Darters (Sympetrum fonscolombii), Orange-winged (Trithemis kirbyi) and Violet Dropwings (Trithemis annulata), Southern (Orthetrum brunneum) x1M and Epaulet Skimmers (Orthetrum chrysostigma) x 2M.
Copper Demoiselle (Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis), Blue-eye (Erythromma lindenii), Iberian Blue-tail (Ischnura graellsii) and White Featherleg (Platycnemis latipes). In the same area we had Griffon Vulture (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus) x1, Short-toed (Culebrera Europeo / Circaetus gallicus) and Booted Eagles (Aguililla Calzada / Hieraaetus pennatus), Black Kite (Milano Negro / Milvus migrans), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Common Waxbill (Estrilda Ondulada / Estrilda astrild), Grey Wagtail (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea), Kingfisher (Martin Pescador / Alcedo atthis), Common / Southern Blue (Polyommatus icarus / celina), Southern Gatekeeper (Pyronia cecilia), African Grass Blue (Nina esmaltada / Zizeeia knysna), Mediterranean skipper (Gegenes nostrodamus), Perez's Frog (Rana Común / Pelophylax perezi), Stripe-necked Terrapin (Mauremys leprosa) and Viperine Snake (Culebra Viperina / Natrix maura).

Photographs from the top: male Ringed Cascader (Zygonyx torridus), mating pair of Faded Pincertails (Onychogomphus costae), female White Featherleg (Platycnemis latipes), Common / Southern Blue (Polyommatus icarus / celina), male Faded Pincertail (Onychogomphus costae), male Orange-winged Dropwing (Trithemis kirbyi),  male Small Pincertail (Onychogomphus forcipatus), male Blue-eye (Erythromma lindenii), Tandem pair of White Featherlegs (Platycnemis latipes) and a male Violet Dropwings (Trithemis annulata).

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