Madrid and Castilla y Leon

Argynnis pandora Cardinal
Lacerta scheriberi Iberian Emerald Lizard
Garrulus glandarius Eurasian Jay

Spot the Dipper (Cinclus cinclus)
Vespa crabro European Hornet 
Pinus sylvestris L.   Scots Pine 

Pelophylax perezi  Perez's Frog
Royal Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso

Sitta europaea  Eurasian Nuthatch
Segovia Cathedral
Segovia Cathedral and Castle as the sun begins to set 

Ficedula hypoleuca   European Pied Flycatcher
Pica pica  Eurasian Magpie
The Royal Botanical Garden of Madrid

Hibiscus schizopetalus in The Royal Botanical Garden of Madrid
Vertical Garden in Madrid

Terrapins in Atocha Station


The calm before the storm in Chinchilla

Argiope lobata (Female and two males)

Oenanthe hispanica Black-eared Wheatear

Mantis religiosa  European Praying Mantis

Oenanthe hispanica Black-eared Wheatear

Mantis religiosa  European Praying Mantis

Mason wasp nests. (Any ID help would be greatly appreciated!)

Just after these photos were taken, as the sun was about to set we got caught RIGHT in the middle of a storm. We ran all the way home (me a bit freaked out), absolutely melting, and the worst part was it didn't even rain! I'm still waiting for a decent rainy day since moving out here on the 22nd May...

Postcard from Alicante

House of Sparrows!

I went home for a week last week, and became a bit obsessed with the House Sparrows...


Spain I: Twilight Toads and Lepidoptera Everywhere

One of my favourite things to do over here in Spain, is go for night time nature walks. A time of 'day' which would otherwise be spent staring at screens until the wee hours is much better utilised popping a headlamp on, getting togged up (or in my case, underestimating how cold it can get at night over here), and getting out to see what lurks around when I'm usually sprawled out in bed. And so, last week, we did exactly that. A few days later, and we also decided to take a trip to see the sierra in it's full daylight glory, and a quick walk before lunch provided us with a enough butterflies to last a  lifetime amongst other stuff. Here's the snaps: