Granada Wildlifes tour of Belchite and the Pyrenees.
Day Two. A second wet visit to the Steppe lands and then an interesting but still damp drive North.
|The next storm that was about to arrive.|
|Rain over some not so distant hills near Belchite.|
|Belchite after a storm has passed by.|
|One of the damp Black Kites seen whilst we travelled North.|
|Clouds over the Ebro at Gelsa.|
We reached a long bridge which crossed the Ebro near Gelsa, we parked and walked down to the bridge and scanned the water and banks, our first good find were 3 Common Cuckoos (Cuco Común / Cuculus canorus) which were chasing each other down stream. We also had Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta), Great Reed Warbler (Carricero Tordal / Acrocephalus arundinaceus), Rock Pigeon (Paloma Bravia / Columba livia), Black-headed Gull (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus), Common Swift (Vencejo Común / Apus apus) and House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica) and just after we left the site and drove around Gelsa Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea) and Red Kite (Milano Real / Milvus milvus) were added to the day and trip list.
|One still needing a name? seen in the Juniper woods on Sierra de Pallaruelo.|
|Las Peñas de Riglos.|
As we left the main road we found a small roadside pool which held Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Little Grebe (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis) and more Black-headed Gulls. Just down the road we found the Laguna and started to go for a walk, as soon as we got out of the van we had very good views of a pair of Spectacled Warblers (Curruca Tomillera / Sylvia conspicillata) but then the rain started again and this time it was big blobs so we got back in to the van and when it did not look like stopping for a while we pressed on again.
|Asphodel Sp ?? in the Hecho Valley.|
|Rio Aragon as it cuts through the Boca del Infierno.|
|In the Boca del Infierno in the Hecho Valley.|
|Andy M, Andy P, David and myself in Boca del Infierno.|
|In the Boca del Infierno.|
|Posing just above the Boca del Infierno.|
|Juliet watching the Dipper on the river below us.|
|Pyrenean Saxifrage (Corona del Rey / Saxifraga longifolia).|
|Silene Sp ??|
|Linaria Sp ??|
|Silvery Paronychia (Paronychia argentea).|