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Title: 'Loja Wildlife' by Mick
Post by: Sue on June 25, 2009, 00:25 AM
Well done Mick for keeping us informed of the wildlife around the Granada area and beyond, covering its changes through the seasons with terrific use of images to transport us to the site.
Although based around Loja - Granada, Mick also travels further afield, such as Sierra de las Nieves, Sierra de Grazalema, the lagoons around Fuente de Piedra and even Doñana National Park.
 
The Loja Wildlife (http://www.lojawildlife.com/) site covers a range of the flora and fauna that Mick discovers during his tours - including birds, wild flowers, butterflies and dragonflies.
Title: Re: 'Loja Wildlife' by Mick
Post by: mick on July 31, 2009, 16:55 PM
Hi Sue and All.

Sorry its taken me so long to get back to you and say thanks for the great comments but its a bit warm here at the moment and the PCs in the hottest part of the house.  I have added a few more articles since you last viewed the site including a couple of Moth trapping nights and a day or two in the Sierra Nevada looking at the endemic plants.

Many thanks Mick.
Title: Re: 'Loja Wildlife' by Mick
Post by: lisa on August 01, 2009, 07:37 AM
I hadn't spotted this Mick. Lovely photos of what we on the forum know to be diligently identified animal and plant species. I'm particularly interested in seeing the flowering plants of the Sierra Nevada and your latest ones are very pretty. And a face to a name too!
 :clapping:
Title: Re: 'Loja Wildlife' by Mick
Post by: mick on August 08, 2009, 12:36 PM
Hi Lisa.

Thanks for the comments, I have been very lucky to have met a couple of very knowledgeable Spanish Naturalist over the last couple of years and they have a great number of cracking sites and species which they take me to see.
The plants up the Sierra Nevada are fantastic and it is fairy easy to get towards the summit on the mini bus but the day hunting on the slopes and screes still takes it toll on the legs.
Yes, sorry about the photo but I do need something on the site to scare the kids away.

All the best Mick.
Title: Re: 'Loja Wildlife' by Mick
Post by: mick on December 08, 2009, 19:44 PM
Hi All.

There have been quite a few updates, including a day looking for the Lynx.

All the best Mick.
Title: Re: 'Loja Wildlife' by Mick
Post by: Clive on December 08, 2009, 20:38 PM
Wow....... :)

Well done Mick....... Glad that you saw the lynx.... Could have been a near miss though... That'll teach you to go wandering off.... !
Title: Re: 'Loja Wildlife' by Mick
Post by: mick on December 08, 2009, 21:57 PM
Hi Clive.

I will not wonder again, as you know this body is not designed for speed. Still it gets this year exercise sorted in one go!

All the best Mick.
Title: Re: 'Loja Wildlife' by Mick
Post by: mick on March 04, 2010, 17:00 PM
Hi All.

More up dates, Including better views of the Lynx and a Wallcreeper down in the south (both on the same day).

Mick
Title: Re: 'Loja Wildlife' by Mick
Post by: mick on June 21, 2010, 12:01 PM
Hi All.

Quite a few new post since March, including seeing some nice Sierra Nevada Emdemics and finding what is possably the first record for possitive breeding of Black-winged Kite (Elanio Común / Elanus caeruleus) in Granada Province.

Mick
Title: Re: 'Loja Wildlife' by Mick
Post by: nick on June 22, 2010, 09:22 AM
Building up into a nice resource Mick
Title: Re: 'Loja Wildlife' by Mick
Post by: Maria on June 23, 2010, 12:23 PM
Hi Mick

I follow your blog regularly, loads of information and fantastic photos, great stuff. Wish I could get out as often as you, usually when im out we are slogging up some mountain or other and photos come last  >:(

Looks like the Sierra Nevada is heading for snow all year, how will this affect the wildlife? We were climbing snow that is 10m deep (in fact we were climbing on what would normally be fresh air) below 3000m around the Cerro de Caballo area just 3 days ago! Lots of flowers on the lower slopes, really pretty.

Maria
Title: Re: 'Loja Wildlife' by Mick
Post by: mick on June 24, 2010, 19:46 PM
Hi Maria.

Thanks for the nice comments, I do try to get as many photographs as possable but as you say its not always easy. I can only assume that the plants will remain dormant until the snow clears, may be for some years and mammals and birds will just stay at slightly lower altitudes. Its global warming and Spanish desertification for you, we have had more snow and rain than in the last 40 tears, once the experts start say what’s going to happen you can guarantee that Mother Nature will prove them wrong.

Mick.
Title: Re: 'Loja Wildlife' by Mick
Post by: mick on July 21, 2010, 16:59 PM
Hi All.

Just a quick note to say that there have been a few more posts including a few photo's of Sierra Nevada endemic plants.

Mick.

Photo below is a Spring Gentian subsp found in the Sierra.
Title: Re: 'Loja Wildlife' by Mick
Post by: mick on August 24, 2010, 19:34 PM
Hi again All.

I have now got some decent shots of the Orange-winged Dropwing and they are on the blog below.

Mick.
Title: Re: 'Loja Wildlife' by Mick
Post by: lisa on August 24, 2010, 20:03 PM
Nice dragons Mick............and Sam!  :)
Title: Re: 'Loja Wildlife' by Mick
Post by: mick on August 27, 2010, 14:17 PM
Hi Lisa.

Thanks for the comment, the Orange-winged Dropwing took some time to get a decent shot but eventually I found a slightly lazy one who was a bit more reluctant to fly.
Yes Sam does pose well already, he must get that bit from his Dad but luckily he got his looks from his Mom.

Thanks Mick.
Title: Re: 'Loja Wildlife' by Mick
Post by: mick on January 12, 2011, 16:41 PM
Hi All

There are a few new updates to the blog including a day in Sierra Morena with views of a family group of five Lynx!!

All the best Mick
Title: Re: 'Loja Wildlife' by Mick
Post by: lisa on January 13, 2011, 08:17 AM
How exciting, five lynx! Photo of "jobbies" please Mick.
Title: Re: 'Loja Wildlife' by Mick
Post by: Sue on January 13, 2011, 15:55 PM
What a great day Mick, well done for persisting despite the fog!
Title: Re: 'Loja Wildlife' by Mick
Post by: mick on January 13, 2011, 16:21 PM
Hi Lisa and Sue

Thanks for the comments, it was a truly fantastic sight. I thought that we had done OK with just the two cubs but when the whole family turned up I was over the moon. It was only a shame I was using a new camera and do not yet have the adaptor for it as it is in the post between the UK and here some where.
I have attached a photo of the Poo but not sure whether it is Lynx but it does fit the discription.

Mick.
Title: Re: 'Loja Wildlife' by Mick
Post by: parthenope on January 13, 2011, 20:52 PM
What a fantastic experience Mick, can you feel the envy eminating from a wet & windy Cornwall?!

Were your photos of the Lynx (not the "jobbies"!) taken by digi scoping? Or have you splashed out on a DSLR?

Steve
Title: Re: 'Loja Wildlife' by Mick
Post by: lisa on January 14, 2011, 21:41 PM
Comparing photos with those on Sierra de Baza (http://www.sierradebaza.org/Fichas_fauna/07_03_lince/lince.htm) it certainly looks like lynx scat. Not sure of size though.
Title: Re: 'Loja Wildlife' by Mick
Post by: mick on January 15, 2011, 14:09 PM
Hi All.

No the photos are still digiscoped, still dreaming about DSLRs but it was with a newer coolpix.

Mick
Title: Re: 'Loja Wildlife' by Mick
Post by: nick on January 20, 2011, 15:59 PM
Splendid stuff Mick
Title: Re: 'Loja Wildlife' by Mick
Post by: mick on March 17, 2011, 16:58 PM
Hi Every one.

Starting to get some good Orchids pushing their way up at the moment, I have put a selection of Giant Orchids here, but there are more shots on the blog. All the shots were taken within a few meters of each other.

All the best Mick.
Title: Re: 'Loja Wildlife' by Mick
Post by: mick on April 17, 2011, 15:42 PM
Hi All.

Lots of new Orchid Photographs on the blog (below) including a couple of new species for my Spanish list.

Mick.
Title: Re: 'Loja Wildlife' by Mick
Post by: mick on June 13, 2011, 17:49 PM
Hi All.

A couple of nice late Orchid species added to my list recently, more info and photos at the blog below.

Mick.
Title: Re: 'Loja Wildlife' by Mick
Post by: mick on October 12, 2011, 18:28 PM
Hi All.

Still posting but I have been doing a bit with the Moths again resently, so there are quite a few new photos of them along with some birds.

All the best Mick.
Title: Re: 'Loja Wildlife' by Mick
Post by: mick on December 10, 2011, 13:51 PM
Hi All.

I have added a post to the blog (please click on link below) about the Orchids I have been lucky enough to catch up with during 2011.

Thanks Mick.
Title: Re: 'Loja Wildlife' by Mick
Post by: mick on May 24, 2012, 13:34 PM
Hi All.

I have been quite busy over the last few weeks seeing plenty of good Birds, Moths and Butterflies. The only slightly disappointing area has been the Orchids but I have still managed a couple of new Hybrids and around 40 species up to now. There are plenty of photographs on the blog address below. There is also a new gallery with several unidentified moths in it which need naming, so if you fancy a challenge have a go.

Thanks Mick
Title: Re: 'Loja Wildlife' by Mick
Post by: mick on May 29, 2012, 14:41 PM
Hi All.

I have just put a new album on the blog with some shots of unidentified Moths in it and hope that some of the insect experts might be able to put some names to them. They have all been caught (and released) in my garden around 40km to the West of Granada in Andalucía.

Thanks Mick.
Title: Re: 'Loja Wildlife' by Mick
Post by: mick on June 21, 2012, 09:36 AM
Hi All.

A few more posting recently with some interesting Butterflies and photo's.

All the best Mick.
Title: Re: 'Loja Wildlife' by Mick
Post by: mick on April 05, 2013, 15:47 PM
Hi All.

Several new posts with plenty of photographs and information about what I and Granada Wildlife's have been up to.

Thanks Mick
Title: Re: 'Loja Wildlife' by Mick
Post by: mick on June 27, 2013, 16:40 PM
Hi All.

Lots of new posts and photographs on the blog (lojawildlife.com).

Mick.
Title: Re: 'Loja Wildlife' by Mick
Post by: mick on July 29, 2013, 17:34 PM
Hi All.

Some shots of one of the two Lammergeier / Bearded Vultures (Quebrantahuesos / Gypaetus barbatus) seen in the Sierra Nevada along with some butterflies and wildflowers.
All on the blog at www.lojawildlife.com (http://www.lojawildlife.com)

All the best Mick.
Title: Re: 'Loja Wildlife' by Mick
Post by: mick on October 23, 2013, 18:57 PM
Hi All.

Plenty of new sightings on the blog and photo's taken with the new camera!!!

All the best Mick.
Title: Re: 'Loja Wildlife' by Mick
Post by: mick on December 12, 2013, 16:24 PM
Hi All.

Been out and about with the new camera, so there are lots of new shots on the blog (www.lojawildlife.com) and facebook page.

Thanks for having a look, all the best Mick.
Title: Re: 'Loja Wildlife' by Mick
Post by: Clive on December 12, 2013, 22:11 PM
Hey Mick, wow the new camera! What.... is that an early christmas present?

Title: Re: 'Loja Wildlife' by Mick
Post by: mick on December 14, 2013, 20:03 PM
Hi Clive.

Jayne bought me a new to me (secondhand) canon DSLR and I am working off a 400mm Canon lens with day tours for a friend who had two!!!

Very pleased with it, much easier than digiscoping.

Take care and have a good Christmas and we will see you in the new year.

Jayne and Mick.
Title: Re: 'Loja Wildlife' by Mick
Post by: mick on January 13, 2014, 20:28 PM
Hi All.

Still getting used to the new camera but there are several new posts and lots of new photo's on the blog (www.lojawildlife.com) including a post from the weekends Lynx watching trip.

Thanks Mick.
Title: Re: 'Loja Wildlife' by Mick
Post by: mick on March 22, 2014, 16:58 PM
Hi All.

I have eventually caught up with all the posts and photographs on the blog ( www.lojawildlife.com ) just in time to get busy with the spring guiding.

Please have a look,

regards Mick
Title: Re: 'Loja Wildlife' by Mick
Post by: Clive on March 22, 2014, 19:03 PM
Hey Mick, beautiful images as usual.... However, you have grown out of "blogger" your images and articles deserve a much better platform to display them.....

:)
Title: Re: 'Loja Wildlife' by Mick
Post by: mick on April 12, 2014, 19:49 PM
Hi Clive and All.

Thanks for the comments but I am a total Tecno-pillock as you know and would not have a clue what to do next.
Any way I have again caught up with the blog and have posted some shots of a cracking Baillon's Crake which I was lucky enough to spent 2.5 hours watch a few days ago.

All the best Mick.
Title: Re: 'Loja Wildlife' by Mick
Post by: mick on July 18, 2014, 15:43 PM
Hi All.

Lots of new posts and pictures including some interesting endemic plants from local Sierra´s and the record of a Lammergeier / Bearded Vulture (Quebrantahuesos / Gypaetus barbatus) we saw in Sierra Nevada.

Thanks for having a look, Mick.
Title: Re: 'Loja Wildlife' by Mick
Post by: quentin on July 18, 2014, 20:06 PM
A bit of a scruffy bugger. The lammergeier I mean. This bird was presumably part of a breeding programme? If so, do you know if they are being fed or have they been left to fend for themselves? I always find it amazing that vultures of any sort manage to survive in our clean world. Great photo, especially as it was taken in the Sierra Nevada!

Andy
Title: Re: 'Loja Wildlife' by Mick
Post by: mick on July 20, 2014, 19:02 PM
Hi Andy.

It is one of the wanderers from Jaen Province but I have no Idea whether they feed them up there but I think this bird is fending for it´s self.

Mick.