Field Report – One week in North-West of Spain – September 2012 – Part 1/2

With some friends, Jérôme and me decided to spend few days in north-west of Spain. No specifics goals, just hope to have fun and take good pictures.

First day – north of Castilla y Leon:

The first surprise was the weather, which was too hot for good herping. Neverless, we found some interesting reptiles. Overall, we saw Chalcides striatus, Podarcis liolepis, Lacerta schreiberi, Timon lepidusCoronella girondica, Vipera aspis zinnikeri, but also Pelophylax perezi and Triturus marmoratus, but, unfortunately, only a skin of Vipera latastei.

 

Empusa pennata

Empusa pennata

Chalcides striatus

Chalcides striatus

 

The first picnic!

The first picnic!

Aricia morronensis

Aricia morronensis

Orbaneja del Castillo

Orbaneja del Castillo

Orbaneja del Castillo

Orbaneja del Castillo

Man versus wild

Man versus wild

Orbaneja del Castillo

Orbaneja del Castillo

Great landscape of Castilla y Leon

Great landscape of Castilla y Leon

Triturus marmoratus

Triturus marmoratus

Triturus marmoratus

Triturus marmoratus

No luck so far...

No luck so far…

Please, stay here!

Please, stay here!

A french private joke for naturalist!

A private joke for french naturalist!

Adeline in the latastei's habitat

Adeline in the latastei’s habitat

Skin of Vipera latastei

The latastei was here!

Laurent like the wide angle lens

Laurent like the wide angle lens

Vipera aspis zinnikeri, dead on road

Vipera aspis zinnikeri, dead on road

Preparation of the bed

Preparation of the bed

Another preparation...

Another method…

Now it's time to eat

Now it’s time to eat

French fashion

French fashion

Coronella girondica, DOR

Coronella girondica, DOR

Vipera aspis zinnikeri, DOR too

Vipera aspis zinnikeri, DOR too

 

2nd day – road to Picos de Europa:

After high temperatures, lot of rain ! On arrival, the weather deteriorated rapidly… We just have had few minutes to see Salamandra s. bernardezi, Anguis fragilis and three Vipera seoanei. We spent the night in the mountains and saw lot of amphibians : S. s. bernardezi, Lissotriton helveticus alonsoi, Ichthyosaura alpestris cyreni and Rana temporaria parvipalmata.

 

The beautiful view since "El Mirador del Fito"

The beautiful view since « El Mirador del Fito »

Picos de Europa since el Mirador del Fito

Picos de Europa since el Mirador del Fito

It's time!

It’s time!

Small salamandra versus big lense

Small salamandra versus big lenses

Salamandra salamandra bernardezi

Salamandra salamandra bernardezi

Anguis fragilis

Anguis fragilis

Vipera seoanei taking sun

Vipera seoanei taking sun

Photo shoot for V.seoanei

Photo shoot for V.seoanei

Second photo shoot

Second photo shoot

For sure!

For sure!

A last one

A last one

Mmm... Bad weather on Picos de Europa...

Mmm… Bad weather on Picos de Europa…

Back to Costa Rica?

Back to Costa Rica?

Humid kitchen

Humid kitchen

But only for the chef!

.. but only for the chef!

Always humid...

Always humid…

Ichthyosaura alpestris cyreni

Ichthyosaura alpestris cyreni

Lissotriton helveticus alonsoi

Lissotriton helveticus alonsoi

Salamandra salamandra bernardezi

Salamandra salamandra bernardezi

Hard to make good picture...

Hard to make good picture…

Ichthyosaura alpestris cyreni

Ichthyosaura alpestris cyreni

Salamandra salamandra bernardezi

Salamandra salamandra bernardezi

Salamandra salamandra bernardezi

Salamandra salamandra bernardezi

Rana temporaria parvipalmata

Rana temporaria parvipalmata

Rana temporaria parvipalmata

Rana temporaria parvipalmata

Time to sleep!

Yes, the weather will be good tomorrow!

 

3rd day – center of Asturias:

Because of bad weather, we decided to run to the south, in goal to find the sun. It will’nt for this day, and it was very hard to see one lizard !! Overall we found this day : S. s. bernardezi, S. s. alfredschmidti, Lissotriton helveticus alonsoi, Chioglossa lusitanica longipes, Rana temporaria parvipalmata, Alytes obstetricans, Anguis fragilis, Podarcis muralis brongniardii, and just before the night, Vipera seoanei (probably V. s. seoanei). To cold, to windy, to wet, we finished the night in a small hotel…

It's missed...

Ghost herpers

Lago de Enol

Lago de Enol

No sun, but hot chocolate!

No sun, but hot chocolate!

Picture of Alytes obstetricans

Shooting of Alytes obstetricans

Prunella modularis

A flying Prunella modularis

Our new colleague

Our new colleague

Chiglossa lusitanica longipes

Chiglossa lusitanica longipes

I'm [shooting] in the rain

I’m [shooting] in the rain

Salamandra salamandra alfredschmidti

Salamandra salamandra alfredschmidti

Rana temporaria parvipalmata

Rana temporaria parvipalmata

Mike is fall in love with this cow

Mike is fall in love with this cow

Here was a bird

Here was a bird

How try to find V. seoanei

How try to find V. seoanei

So ?

Vipera seoanei

Yes! Vipera seoanei

Vipera seoanei, Melanic one

Vipera seoanei, Melanic one

Vipera seoanei, Melanic one

Vipera seoanei, Melanic one

Vipera seoanei, Melanic one

Vipera seoanei, Melanic one

Vipera seoanei, Melanic one

Vipera seoanei, Melanic one

Hard to make good picture…

Vipera seoanei, Melanic one

Vipera seoanei, Melanic one

Vipera seoanei, Melanic one

Vipera seoanei, Melanic one

Anguis fragilis

Pink Anguis fragilis

Our unique hotel!

Our unique hotel!

And our restaurant.

And our restaurant.

What is the menu?

What is the menu?

Hungry herpetos

Hungry herpetos

Important health!

Important health!

Good night

Good night…

 

Part two is here : Field Report – One week in North-West of Spain – September 2012 – Part 2/2

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3 Commentaires

  1. Audrey P 16 février 2013 at 22 h 42 min #

    Hello ! de bien belles découvertes, de chouettes photos aussi…
    pour les identifications vous êtes sûr pour A. morronensis ?

  2. Sugegorria 17 février 2013 at 10 h 43 min #

    Merci du commentaire 😉

    La photo de A. morronensis n’est pas demoi, mais les lépido ne sont pas notre domaine de prédilection !
    Sugegorria Articles récents…Suivi population amphibien – TarnMy Profile

    • Audrey P. 17 février 2013 at 17 h 23 min #

      oui mais vous excellez en herpeto et en photo alors il faut bien que vous en laissiez pour les autres ! 😀
      Donc si vous avez vu A. morronensis, ce n’est pas cette photo qui correspond, les Aricia sont brun sur le dessus. Ici ça m’a l’air plutot d’être un Polyommatus bellargus (point cellulaire et frange des ailes rayées blanches et noires).

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