Monday, 7 August 2017

Rio Turron, Teba Gorge and Salinas, Malaga Province.

Dragon hunting with Steve.

Small Pincertail (Onychogomphus forcipatus).
We drove over to Ardales, on the way we saw 2x Black Kite (Milano Negro / Milvus migrans), Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo), Griffon Vulture (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), Raven (Cuervo / Corvus corax), Red-rumped (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirudo daurica) and Barn Swallows (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica) and Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata). 
Small Pincertail (Onychogomphus forcipatus).
We arrived at the spot we have visited a few times in the past looking for dragons, we parked and walked around the field to the spot were we soon found 4♂ Small Pincertails (Onychogomphus forcipatus), 2♂ Copper Demoiselle (Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis), 20+ White Featherlegs (Platycnemis latipes), 1♂ Orange-winged Dropwing (Trithemis kirbyi), Carpentor Bee (Xylocopa violacea), Striped Grayling (Pseudotergumia fidia), Cardinal Fritillary (Pandora / Argynnis pandora), Holly (Celastrina argiolus), Long-tailed (Lampides baeticus) and Lang's Short-tailed Blue (Leptotes pirithous), Small White (Pieris rapae), Clouded Yellow (Colias Común / Colias corcea) and Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria).
Small Pincertail (Onychogomphus forcipatus).
Birds included Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Kingfisher (Martin Pescador / Alcedo atthis), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Golden Oriole (Oropéndola / Oriolus oriolus), Short-toed Treecreeper (Agateador Común / Certhia brachydactyla), Great (Carbonera Común / Parus major) and Blue Tits (Herrerillo Común / Parus caeruleus). Near the car we also found a large Hornets (Vespa crabro) nest in the Oak tree next to the parking spot.
Orange-winged Dropwing (Trithemis kirbyi).
Further along the road we stopped again and checked another area of the same river, here we saw more Small Pincertails, Orange-winged Dropwings, White Featherlegs, Copper Demoiselle as well as 2♂ Scarlet Darters (Crocothemis erythraea), 2♂ and 2♀ Blue / Common Emperor (Anax imperator), Iberian Blue-tail (Ischnura graellsii), Spanish Brown Argus (Aricia cramera), Mediterranean skipper (Gegenes nostrodamus) and Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas).
Orange-winged Dropwing (Trithemis kirbyi).
Our next stop was just below the bridge over the river which runs through the Teba Gorge, in a couple of small pools there we added 2♂ Epaulet (Orthetrum chrysostigma) and 2♂ and 1♀ Keeled Skimmer (Orthetrum coerulescens) along with 15+♂ Scarlet Darters, 2♂ and 1♀ Iberian Blue-tail and 2♂ and 1♀ Orange-winged Dropwings.
Scarlet Darters (Crocothemis erythraea).
We moved on again to a spot near Salinas but most of the sites there were dry, whoever we did see 1♂ Epaulet, 2♂ Keeled and 2♂ Southern Skimmers (Orthetrum brunneum), Orange-winged Dropwing and Melodious Warbler (Zarcero Común / Hippolais polyglotta).

Scarlet Darters (Crocothemis erythraea).
Blue / Common Emperor (Anax imperator).
Blue / Common Emperor (Anax imperator).
Orange-winged Dropwing (Trithemis kirbyi).
Orange-winged Dropwing (Trithemis kirbyi).
Keeled Skimmer (Orthetrum coerulescens).

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