An adult Egyptian Vulture was reported from Sierra Crestellina yesterday.
During the afternoon a visit to the west slope of El Hacho in warm, calm conditions proved surprisingly quiet although a Peregrine mobbing a Griffon Vulture was worth watching; presumably the vulture strayed too close to the falcon's (proposed?) nest site. Also seen were 27 Black Kite, Short-toed Eagle, Booted Eagle, at least 8 singing male Stonechat, Sardinian Warbler and Cirl Bunting.
There are plenty of orchids around at the moment with lots of Mirror Ophrys and Yellow Ophrys on the path up to El Hacho; last week there were these two species plus Man Orchid and Dull Ophrys along the 'Smugglers' path west of the village. Everywhere you go in the campo there is a profusion of the plainly-named pretty Barbary Nut.
|Mirror Ophrys Ophrys ciliata|
|Mirror Ophrys and Yellow Ophrys Ophrys lutea|
|Gorse and the view from El Hacho to Gibraltar and beyond|
|Barbary Nut Gynandriris sisirynchium|
|Dull Ophrys Ophrys fusca|
|Man Orchid Aceras anthropophorum|