|Is he a lucky male European Dwarf Mantis Ameles spallanzania? (See below)
A very hot day (105F) but a welcome breeze every now and then.
We had finished our business in Villanueva del Trabuco, so we popped over to Marin for a couple of hours. There were a few House Martins, Barn Swallows, Corn Buntings, Collared Doves and House Sparrows seen on the way to the arroyo.
Just prior to parking at our usual place below the ruin, two juvenile Woodchat Shrikes flew out of a walnut tree and as we got out of the car we could hear the Bee-eaters and the Golden Orioles, the former above us and the latter in the trees close by. We had good views of both these species before we left.
|Distant Short-toed Eagle Culebrera Europea Circaetus gallicus
|Mulberry Tree Morus cf. nigra
I then walked downstream toward the Strawberry Tree (Arbutus unedo) to see if I could locate the Two-tailed Pasha butterfly (Charaxes jasius)but dipped here, the fruit is not ripe here yet. The Mulberry Tree (Morus cf. nigra) is in fruit and very tasty too. Lots of Azure-winged Magpies about down this end as well as more juvenile Woodchat Shrikes. Serins, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Chaffinches, Long-tailed Tits, Spotted Flycatchers and Short-toed Treecreepers were also noted.
On my return to the car Jenny pointed out a Blue Rock Thrush and its offspring on the cliff face. She had also seen the Hawfinches and Golden Orioles and an adult Woodchat Shrike was seen also.
|Iberian Ibex Capra pyrenaica
As we were leaving the arroyo three Iberian Ibex (Capra pyrenaica) were coming down to drink at the stream.
|Dark Crimson Underwing Moth Catocala sponsa
All photographs by and courtesy of John Wainwright
Many thanks John and Jenny for sharing your experience with us all.
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