Monday, 16 May 2022

Mirador del Alto de Hondonero, Malaga Province, Spain.

Looking for a new butterfly.

Provence Orange-tip (Anthocharis euphenodes).
I drove out to Villanueva del Rosario and then up to the Mirador where I parked and went for a walk down the slope on to the meadows and then further on down the track.
Black-eyed Blue (Glaucopsyche melanops).
Black-eyed Blue (Glaucopsyche melanops).
Black-eyed Blue (Glaucopsyche melanops).
As I walked I saw Bonelli's (Mosquitero Papialbo / Phylloscopus bonelli) and Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Red-billed Chough (Chova Piquirroja / Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula) and at the top of the slope above the pools I heard a Peregrine Falcon (Halcón Peregrino / Falco peregrinus) calling and when I looked up I saw a pair do a mid air food pass, just a brillant start to the morning.
Lorquin's Blue (Cupido lorquinii).
Lorquin's Blue (Cupido lorquinii).
Lorquin's Blue (Cupido lorquinii).
I continued on down to the bottom of the meadows and checked the grassy areas around the pools where I found a couple of
Black-eyed Blues (Glaucopsyche melanops) and a Lorquin's (Cupido lorquinii) on the damp mud taking in some minerals.
Knapweed Fritillary (Melitaea phoebe).
Knapweed Fritillary (Melitaea phoebe).
Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui).
I continued to search this area around the small pools finding
Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Subalpine Warbler (Curruca Carrasquena / Sylvia cantillans), Rock Bunting (Escribano Montesino / Emberiza cia), Provence Orange-tip (Anthocharis euphenodes) x4, Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) x5, Knapweed Fritillary (Melitaea phoebe) x5, Lizard (Himanthoglosum hircinum), Small Woodcock (Ophrys picta), Pyramidal (Anacamptis pyramidalia) and Southern Early Purple Orchid (Orchis olbienis) most of the latter were well over with..
Provence Orange-tip (Anthocharis euphenodes).
Provence Orange-tip (Anthocharis euphenodes).
Green-Striped White (Euchloe belemia).
Western Dappled White (Euchloe crameri).
I dropped down the bank at the end of the meadows and amongst the rocks and wild flowers I found
Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)x1, Western Dappled (Euchloe crameri) x2, Small (Pieris rapae) x8 and Green-Striped White (Euchloe belemia) x1,  Southern Blue (Polyommatus celina) x4, Clouded Yellow (Colias corceua) x6 and then I found what I had come looking for, the first of 4 Spanish Fritillaries (Euphydryas desfontainii).
Spanish Fritillary (Euphydryas desfontainii).
Spanish Fritillary (Euphydryas desfontainii).
I watched the one from the track and then went up to try and grt a better view and found more but they were very flighty and after allowing just a couple of shots they were gone and over the wire fence which prevented me from following.
Escher's Blue (Agrodiaetus escheri).
Escher's Blue (Agrodiaetus escheri).
Small Woodcock Orchid (Ophrys picta).
Small Tongue Orchid (Serapias parviflora).
Very happy with the find as it had been a species I had long wanted to see I returned to the car and dropped down the hill to the pool near the observatory watch point, I walked around the Hawthorns here and found several spikes of what look like Ophrys dyris, as well as Yellow Bee (Ophrys lutea), Small Tongue Orchid (Serapias parviflora), Blue / Common Emperor (Anax imperator) x1, Spanish Festoon (Zerynthia rumina) x2, Southern Brown Argus (Aricia cramera) x1, Escher's Blue (Agrodiaetus escheri) x1, Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus) x15+ and Panoptes Blue (Pseudophilotes panoptes) x10+.
Ophrys dyris.
Ophrys dyris.
Ophrys dyris.
Birds in this area included Wren (Chochin / Troglodytes troglodytes), Turtle Dove (Tórtola Europea / Streptopelia turtur), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Common Crossbill (Piquituerto Común / Loxia curvirostra), Sardinian (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala) and Melodious Warbler (Zarcero Común / Hippolais polyglotta), Golden Oriole (Oropéndola / Oriolus oriolus),  Common Cuckoo (Cuco Común / Cuculus canorus), Nightingale (Ruisenor Común / Luscinia megarhynchos) and Iberian  Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki).

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