Monday, 2 May 2011

last month i went to the costa del sol for the week april 11th-18th. not a birding holiday but i managed to pick up a few bits inc 5 lifers - bonellis, orphean and olivaceous warblers, flamingo and white-headed duck. this is my third visit to this area cos its such an easy holiday, unfortunately that corner of spain is comparatively bird poor - eg the straits of gib are in view but the only migrating bop i saw all week was a short-toed eagle! i also gen'd up on what herps/butts/dragons to look out for and saw a few new ones. starting with the butterflies:

monarch was easy in paloma park, benalmadena but i didnt see them elsewhere. awesome things to watch, butterfly highlight of the trip.

lorquin's blue (i think)

lang's short-tailed blue, but the buggers wouldn't come down from the tops

green hairstreak

brown argus

spanish festoon

black-eyed blue

geranium bronze

mallow skipper

queen of spain

clouded yellow

painted lady


there were a few other sp that i couldn't get a photo of inc cleopatra, moroccan orange-tip, some sort of bath/dappled white that wouldnt land

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