Saturday, 2 July 2011
Just back from a wonderful holiday in Menorca, where Jenny & I stayed at the south coast resort of Son Bou, chosen for the beach for Jenny and the nature reserve bordering the hotel for me! In all, I visited the reserve 5X and during those visit I saw Purple Herons on practical every visit including 1 stood near a watery inlet, a Night Heron, up to 8 Bee- eaters, an elusive Hoopoe that yet again eluded the camera, a flock of Cattle Egret 19 in total, a Woodchat Shrike, Tawny Pipit and maybe best of all up to 4 showy Audouin's Gulls that were always on the beach. Other delights seen here were a Hermann's Tortoise, many Norfolk Hawkers, Common Blues, Cleopatras & 2 Ant Lions. A nearby Archaeological site was very good for the 4 resident Thekla Larks which proved photogenic especially an immature bird. A Great Green Bush Cricket was also seen here too. At the fabulous Algendar gorge, the pale buff moths were evrywhere! The Gorge is reached by turning sharp right after the bridge to Cala Galdana, we saw a pale Booted Eagle flying over a cliff near the entrance, dragonflies by the pools at the start included Lesser Emperor, Scarlet Darter, along the track especially Keeled Skimmers and 1 Two- lined Skimmer. Copper Demoiselles were first seen by a small bridge half way along. as well as. More to follow.