A trip out to the very western border of the picos de europa yesterday to a little known spot along the Rio Dobra around the 1000m mark was very productive for wildlfowers and butterflies, along with a few of the usual birds; griffon vultures, rock bunting, chough etc.
We had an awesome 6 species of fritillary at the site, Queen of Spain, High Brown and Meadow which were all new for me, along with Silver-washed, Provencal and Spotted.
Also 3 species of orchid; Man, Bee and Heath Spotted, along with plenty of other good flowers.
Spanish Rusty Foxglove
Purple Shot Copper
Queen of Spain Fritillary
High Brown Fritillary
Western Grreen Lizard?
Heath Spotted Orchid close up, a very variable species!