Monday, 20 February 2017

Sierra de Mijas and Fuengirola, Malaga Province.

Looking for some early Orchids.

Sawfly Orchid (Ophrys tenthredinifera subsp tenthredinifera).
I dropped Jayne off at the shops in Fuengirola before heading inland towards Sierra de Mijas where I parked and searched the Pine Woodlands for Orchids. During the couple of hours I was there I found a good number of Woodcock Orchids (Orquídea becada / Ophrys scolopax), as well as a few Sawfly (Flor de avispa / Ophrys tenthredinifera subsp tenthredinifera), Somber Bee (Ophrys fusca), Fan-lipped (Anacamptis collina) and a single just about open Pink Butterfly (Anacamptis papilionacea). I was looking down most of the time so the only birds I saw were the ones that attracted my attention by calling and they included Woodlark (Totovia / Lullula arborea), Crested Tit (Herrerillo Capuchino / Parus cristatus), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pico Picapinos / Dendrocopos major), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops) and Short-toed Treecreeper (Agateador Común / Certhia brachydactyla).
I dropped down to Fuengirola and on the way had Red-rumped (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirudo daurica) and Barn Swallows (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), House (Avión Común / Delichon urbica) and Crag Martins (Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris), Black-headed  (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus) and Yellow-legged Gulls (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis) and Cattle Egrets (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis). I met up with Jayne and we continued shopping.

Sawfly Orchid (Ophrys tenthredinifera subsp tenthredinifera).
Sawfly Orchid (Ophrys tenthredinifera subsp tenthredinifera).
Fan-lipped Orchid (Anacamptis collina).
Woodcock Orchids (Orquídea becada / Ophrys scolopax).
Woodcock Orchids (Orquídea becada / Ophrys scolopax).
Woodcock Orchids (Orquídea becada / Ophrys scolopax).
Woodcock Orchids (Orquídea becada / Ophrys scolopax).
Pink Butterfly Orchid (Anacamptis papilionacea).

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