We are experiencing a bit of a heatwave in Andalucia at the moment, with temperatures of 40 degrees and above, so a short wander meant I was aarding like a sweatvark within a few minutes. Most of the birds were, of course, being sensible and remaining in shaded areas.
The rio Chillar is still as dry as a bone, very little activity along the margins apart from the odd Dragonfly, a few Spotted Flycatchers and the occasional Sardinian Warbler.
I think this could be a male Epaulet Skimmer, Orthetrum chrysostigma. The female of the species is a bright green colour.
They all seemed to come out to play at lunchtime today. There were scores of Serins, gaggles of Goldfinches, bags of bobbers and waggers, Black Redstarts everywhere and even the odd dragonfly putting in an appearance.
There were also a few dragonflies about today, as well as the odd Sardinian Warbler in the undergrowth.
With the return of the water, the odd dragonfly appearing. Rather nice one, this, and quite colourful.
Each morning, as the sun’s rays began to illuminate the jungle clearing (lawn), out in force came the Common Blue Damsleflies, Enallagma cyathigerum, the light glistening on their thin wings.
A second set of Dragonfly photos, just got to try and identify them all now!
The dragonflies may have all but gone for the moment here in Spain but November in The Gambia was a great time to see them and it is always nice to encounter some new species.