Tuesday, May 22, 2007


Some preliminary images from the past few days exploring eastern Andalucia. Huge thanks to Martin Corley, Eduardo Marabuto and Martin Honey for their assistance with identifications.


Lesser Flamingos Phoeniconaias minor, Fuenta de Piedra Lagoon
(Three of five we saw distantly from the visitor centre)

Greater Flamingos Phoenicopterus ruber, Fuenta de Piedra Lagoon

Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus, Fuenta de Piedra Lagoon

Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea, Fuenta de Piedra Lagoon

Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis, Almerima Golf Course

Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina, Almerima Golf Course

White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala, Cañada de las Norias

Family party, Rambla de Morales

Marbled Duck Marmaronetta angustirostris, Rambla de Morales

Black-winged Stilts Himantopus himantopus and Garganey Anas querquedula, Rambla de Morales

Slender-billed Gull Larus genei, Roquetas de Mar Salinas

Woodchat Shrike Lanius senator, Sierra de Camarolo

Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe, Estación Invernal, Sierra Nevada


Southern Skimmer Orthetrum brunneum, Las Guiraos

Red-veined Darter Sympetrum fonscolombii, Fuenta de Piedra Lagoon

Iberian Bluetail Ischnura graellsii, Cañada de las Norias


Nemoptera bipennis, Las Almoderas


Pale Shoulder Acontia lucida, Cortijo el Campillo

Thetidia plusiaria, Cortijo el Campillo

Idaea circuitaria/rainerii, Cortijo el Campillo

Queen of Spain Fritillary Issoria lathonia, Estación Invernal, Sierra Nevada

Southern Gatekeeper Pyronia cecilia, Cuevas de los Ubedas

Dusky Heath Coenonympha dorus, Cabo de Gata

Probably Southern Marbled Skipper, Carcharodus boeticus, Cabo de Gata


Large Psammodromus Psammodromus algirus, Caba de Gata

Marsh Frog Rana ridibunda, Almerima Golf Course


Velvet Ant Mutilla sp., Cuevas de los Ubedas


Wolf Spider (Lycosidae), Cuevas de los Ubedas

Scorpion (Buthus occitanus), Cuevas de los Ubedas


Acrida ungarica, Cuevas de los Ubedas

Egyptian Grasshopper Anacridium aegyptium, Cuevas de los Ubedas


Mantid nymph, probably Rivetina baetica, Cabo de Gata


Oxythrea funesta (Chafer Beetle), Cuevas de los Ubedas


Bee-fly (Bombyliidae), Cuevas de los Ubedas


Spanish Ibex Capra pyrenaica
Estación Invernal, Sierra Nevada

Sierra de Camarolo

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Isn't she lovely

She's even lovelier now she's turned up on our patch. Terrific job by Jonny Taylor picking this up flying in from the east as he worked near the Dog in a Doublet. And even better he managed to see it go down on the High Wash floods opposite Holly Tree along the north bank of the Nene. Most of the time the bird stayed out of sight behind the river bank but with some effort (see below) it was soon located.

What with the Grafham bird failing to show today and this being a bright female it is clear we are talking about the the same bird. An amazing local record and only the second ever in the Peterborough area following one also on the Nene Washes on 27-28 Aug 1979.

Wilson's Phalarope Phalaropus tricolor

Me (the berk on the roof), Jim and Max

© Bob Davis

Monday, May 07, 2007

Eyed Hawk-moth

The weather hasn't been right for mothing in the garden recently but gave it a go last night and came up with these. The first Eyed Hawk-moth in the garden for three years.

1980 Eyed Hawk-moth (Smerinthus ocellata), 1
2063 Muslin Moth (Diaphora mendica), 2
2092 Shuttle-shaped Dart (Agrotis puta), 1
2190 Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica), 1
2334 Rustic Shoulder-knot (Apamea sordens), 1
2450 The Spectacle (Abrostola tripartita), 1

Eyed Hawk-moth Smerinthus ocellata

Nikon Coolpix P4

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Wilson's Phalarope, Grafham

What an amazing spring bird. The only other one of these I've seen was also in Cambridgeshire at Ely Beet Factory some years ago but that was a first winter.

This one was faithfully swimming along behind a couple of Mallard around the sludge lagoons at Grafham Water picking insects from the surface of the disturbed water.

Wilson Phalarope Phalaropus tricolor

Digiscoped wit Nikon Coolpix P4 and 20x Leica APO77

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Boardwalk Damsels

Some more year firsts today. As well as those pictured here there were a couple of Hairy Dragonflies, Comma, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Large White, Green-veined White, Holly Blue and Speckled Wood butterflies and four singing Garden Warblers.

Banded Demoiselle Calopteryx Splendens, male

Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans, male

Azure Damselfly Coenagrion puella


Nikon Coolpix P4