Field Report – South Spain – October 2010

End of 2010, we decided to perform a wide trip of two weeks in the south Spain.

 

Saturday 16 – takeoff

The road, very long, should be stopped midway. This will be done in the area of Zaragoza, on a site already visited in 2009.

Wind and cold did not allow many observations: Bufo calamita, Natrix maura and Rinechis scalaris (DOR).

Lepismatidae sp.

Lepismatidae sp.

Natrix maura (© Maud)

Natrix maura (© Maud)

A night in Aragon...

A night in Aragon...

 

Sunday 17 – Murcia

In the end of the afternoon, we reach the province of Murcia, hotspot of Timon lepidus nevadensis. We decide to spend the night near a ruin that looks interesting for herpeto. The observations of the evening will be Pelophylax perezi, Bufo calamita, Psammodromus algirus, Macroprotodon brevis.

 

Psammodromus algirus

Psammodromus algirus

Bufo calamita

Bufo calamita

The great ruins

The great ruins

Macroprotodon brevis

Macroprotodon brevis

Sunset on Lorca.

Sunset on Lorca.

Lycosidae...

Lycosidae...

And his son!

And his son!

 

Monday 18 – Road to the park « las Sierras de Cazorla, Segura y las Villas »

We remain near the ruin until noon with success: Testudo graeca, Podarcis hispanicus, and especially a beautiful female Timon lepidus nevadensis!

 

A great spot for Testudo graeca

A great spot for Testudo graeca

Here!

Here!

Testudo graeca

Testudo graeca


Testudo graeca

Testudo graeca

Podarcis hispanicus

Podarcis hispanicus

Timon lepidus nevadensis

Timon lepidus nevadensis


Timon lepidus nevadensis

Timon lepidus nevadensis


Podarcis hispanicus

Podarcis hispanicus

Podarcis hispanicus

Podarcis hispanicus

 

In the park, we soon discover a some Alytes dickhinelli, Pelophylax perezi and larva of Salamandra salamandra.

Alytes dickhilleni

Alytes dickhilleni

 

Triturus pygmaeus

Triturus pygmaeus


Tuesday 19 – The park « las Sierras de Cazorla, Segura y las Villas »

After a night … very cool, we start looking for the highly expected Algyroides marchi. The lizard will be discovered in the late morning on the banks of a river. Beautiful lizard!

 

Beautiful waterfall in Sierra de Segura

Beautiful waterfall in Sierra de Segura

Young Timon lepidus

Young Timon lepidus

Mauremys leprosa

Mauremys leprosa


Algyroides marchi

Algyroides marchi

Algyroides marchi

Algyroides marchi

Algyroides marchi

Algyroides marchi

Algyroides marchi

Algyroides marchi


Night falls on the Sierra.

Night falls on the Sierra.

Wednesday 20 – Arrival at Doñana … we’ve got a problem

In the morning, we decide to take the road to Doñana, the farthest point of our trip. When we arrived there, unfortunately we will lose the car keys … despite several hours of research, we can not put hands on it. I must say that we rarely borrow marked trails, and it is almost impossible to remember all the way! We must resolve to call a tow truck, and it is more than four days we will stuck in the village of Pilas, waiting new keys…

 

Eyes on the map.

Eyes on the map.

Tarentola mauritanica

Tarentola mauritanica

Tarentola mauritanica

Tarentola mauritanica

Eggs under the bark

Eggs under the bark


Thursday 21 – Friday 22 – Doñana

With nothing to move, and very little equipment, we have to wait in the Pilas village. We try few walks around the village, but the environments are not very interesting … We will succeed, however, the observation of a Podarcis hispanicus type 2, but was unable to photograph it! For sure it’s not a good end of week !

 

Anacridium aegyptium

Anacridium aegyptium

An abundant butterfly

An abundant butterfly

Town of Pilas...

Town of Pilas...

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Hyla meriodionalis

Hyla meriodionalis

Bubulcus ibis

Bubulcus ibis


Saturday 23 – Finally something to go away!

Saturday morning we learn that the keys of the car will not arrive before Monday! So we decide to go on our own in Seville, in aim to rent a car. After many adventures, we finally driving a rental car. Go to the beach! We arrive to a site Chamaeleo chamaeleon in the night, nevertheless we quickly find a beautiful adult!

 

 

Chamaeleo chamaeleon

Chamaeleo chamaeleon

Chamaeleo chamaeleon

Chamaeleo chamaeleon


Sunday, October 24 – Doñana

This sunday, we decided to spend all day at the seaside and observations will be very numerous: B. calamita, Podarcis vaucheri, Podaris carbonneli, Acanthodactylus erythrurus, Tarentola mauritanica, Timon lepidus, Chamaeleo chamaeleon, Malpolon monspessulanus, and a nice mark of Vipera latastei gadatina! But nothing to do, the animal was not found. We also find a corpse of Caretta caretta, and evening, several Pelobates cultripes.

 

 

La plage de Mazagon

La plage de Mazagon

Mazagon beach

Mazagon beach

Vipera latastei gadatina is here!!!

Vipera latastei gadatina is here!!!

Timon lepidus too...

Timon lepidus too...


Here it is.

Here it is.

Acanthodactylus erythrurus

Acanthodactylus erythrurus

Podarcis carbonelli

Podarcis carbonelli


Podarcis carbonelli

Podarcis carbonelli


A dung beetle.

A dung beetle.

Chamaeleo chamaeleon

Chamaeleo chamaeleon


Chamaeleo chamaeleon

Chamaeleo chamaeleon


Chamaeleo chamaeleon

Chamaeleo chamaeleon


Chamaeleo chamaeleon

Chamaeleo chamaeleon


Chamaeleo chamaeleon

Chamaeleo chamaeleon


Old corpse of sea turtle

Old corpse of sea turtle

 

El Rocio

El Rocio

 

Podarcis vaucheri

Podarcis vaucheri

The dalton brothers ?

The dalton brothers ?

Pelobates cultripes

Pelobates cultripes

Monday 25 – North of Seville

Monday morning, we can finally get the new keys of our car. After a final passage on the beach, we head for the north to continue the discoveries: Acanthodactylus erythrurus, Psammodromus algirus, Podarcis carbonelli, Tarentola mauritanica, Hemidactylus turcicus, Blanus mariae, Rinechis scalaris, Macroprotodon brevis.

 

 

Mazagon

Mazagon

Marks of Lynx pardinus?

Marks of Lynx pardinus?

Mazagon

Mazagon

Mazagon

Mazagon

Mazagon

Mazagon

Blanus mariae

Blanus mariae

Blanus mariae

Blanus mariae


Blanus mariae

Blanus mariae


Macroprotodon brevis

Macroprotodon brevis

Macroprotodon brevis

Macroprotodon brevis


Buthus sp.

Buthus sp.

Blanus mariae

Blanus mariae

Hemidactylus turcicus

Hemidactylus turcicus

Hemidactylus turcicus

Hemidactylus turcicus

Tuesday 26 – on the road to Monfragüe

Tuesday morning, we depart to Monfragüe, stopping here and there on spots that seem good for herpetofauna. The observations will be mainly on amphibians: Lissotriton boscai, Hyla meridionalis, Pelophylax perezi, Alytes cisternasii, Mauremys leprosa, and especially the highly expected Discoglossus galganoi!

 

 

Pelophylax perezi

Pelophylax perezi

Aracena

Aracena

Discoglossus galganoi

Discoglossus galganoi

Discoglossus galganoi

Discoglossus galganoi

Discoglossus galganoi

Discoglossus galganoi


Lissotriton boscai

Lissotriton boscai

Mercredi 27 – Monfragüe park

We’ve gone to Monfragüe in 2009, but the joy is always the same in arriving to these site. Research has mainly referred Pleurodeles waltl, not photographed in 2009. Observations: Alytes cisternasii, Pelophylax perezi, Podarcis hispanicus, Psammodromus algirus, Timon lepidus, Natrix maura. The big mistake of the day was to forget to photograph Blanus cinereus, repeatedly observed. I had forgotten that the Blanus of Andalusia was different of this one!

Monfragüe

Monfragüe

Mauremys leprosa

Mauremys leprosa

A red Natrix maura!

A red Natrix maura!

Natrix maura is hunting

Natrix maura is hunting

Alytes cisternasii

Alytes cisternasii

Aegypius monachus

Aegypius monachus

Pleurodeles waltl

Pleurodeles waltl

Pleurodeles waltl

Pleurodeles waltl

Pleurodeles waltl

Pleurodeles waltl

Pleurodeles waltl

Pleurodeles waltl


Pleurodeles waltl

Pleurodeles waltl


Pleurodeles waltl

Pleurodeles waltl


Pleurodeles waltl

Pleurodeles waltl


Maud try some pictures

Maud try some pictures

Red trees

Red trees

Thursday 28 – Peña de Francia

Thursday, we decided to return in the lands of Iberolacerta martinezricai. Unfortunately without success. The weather is not very good, and the observations made concern Pelophylax perezi and Hyla molleri. We decide to slowly return to France… The back road is faraway!

 

Strange clouds

Strange clouds

Capra pyrenacia

Capra pyrenacia


Capra pyrenacia

Capra pyrenacia


Capra pyrenacia

Capra pyrenacia


Zoro is here!

Zoro is here!

Not afraid...

Not afraid...

A small hike near Monfragüe

A small hike near Monfragüe

Cows

Cows

Hyla molleri

Hyla molleri

Hyla molleri

Hyla molleri

Hyla molleri

Hyla molleri

Sympetrum sp.

Sympetrum sp.

Polyommatus icarus

Polyommatus icarus

Who is in the car?

Who is in the car?

 

Amphibiens (13)

Pleurodeles waltl
Lissotriton boscai
Triturus pygmaeus
Alytes cisternasii
Alytes dickhilleni
Discoglossus galganoi
Discoglossus jeannae (tadpoles)
Pelobates cultripes
Bufo calamita
Hyla molleri
Hyla meridionalis
Rana iberica
Pelophylax perezi

Reptiles (20)

Mauremys leprosa
Testudo graeca
Blanus mariae
Blanus cinereus (nt pictured…)
Chamaeleo chamaeleon (crazy!)
Hemidactyles turcicus
Tarentola mauritanica
Acanthodactyles erythrurus
Algyroides marchi (crazy too!)
Psammodromus algirus
Timon lepidus nevadensis
Podarcis carbonelli
Podarcis hispanicus
Podarcis liolepis
Hemorrois hippocrepis (Skin or DOR…)
Rinechis scalaris ((Skin or DOR…)
Malpolon monspessulanus
Macroprotodon brevis
Natrix maura
Skins of Vipera latastei
Caretta caretta

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