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Chameleons - where to look in south Andalucia?

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Offline Trik

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« on: October 22, 2015, 18:24 PM »
Not only geographical area/s, please, but also habitat.  We've never seen one and would be delighted if we managed to get some photos too.  Next year we shall be staying near Loja, so locations within a reasonable distance, if possible, would be useful.

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« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2015, 08:47 AM »
Hi Trik,

Some links which may be useful:
http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=88472
https://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/forums/europe-western-europe/topics/chameleons-in-malaga

Here in Axarquia I usually come across 2-4 a year, mainly in the campo.

You could try to contact Mick Richardson from Loja, who is an excellent nature guide:
https://www.facebook.com/Mick-Richardson-Granada-Wildlife-372229889515727/

Saludos
Petrea
« Last Edit: October 24, 2015, 08:50 AM by Petrea »
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« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2015, 20:32 PM »
If you really want to get to see some amazing wildlife then I agree with Petrea... Get in touch with Mick it's well worth it.... I can't help with Chameleons here in Grazalema but if you pass this way let me know....
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Offline Trik

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« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2015, 20:55 PM »
Thanks Petrea and Clive.  Interesting that you recommended Mick Richardson as we are booked with him at the end of next May.  I think the two places mentioned in the thread on the Bird Forum - Rota and Laguna el Portil - are too far for a day trip from Loja, unfortunately, but maybe Mick knows of somewhere closer that would be worth checking out.

Trik

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« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2015, 21:06 PM »
Don´t be disappointed if even Mick can´t find you a chameleon. I think they wander around at will, so you´ve got to have some luck!

Well, in May, I´m sure  Mick will at least find you some of the late orchids - if that is of interest!

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« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2015, 01:05 AM »
I won't be too upset if we don't see a Chameleon.  We'll just have to hope that one turns up, rather than go looking for them specifically.  We are interested in birds, butterflies and dragonflies, as well as reptiles, so there should be other things to compensate if we don't see any.  I would also like to get a photo of a Mirror Orchid if we're not too late for them.

Trik

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« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2015, 18:02 PM »
Hello All.

Sorry for the delay in coming up with anything on this but just had to have a complete reboot and have been away guiding for the last few days. This is the first place we are staying that has internet that works. Try Charca de Suarez on the coast near to Motril, I can not find the link at the moment but do a search for the reserve directions and opening times.
I have found them there and they are usually in the Tamarisk trees but the last two were in dead trees near the main hide.

Hope I am not to late with this info.
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« Reply #7 on: October 29, 2015, 20:30 PM »
Thank you, Mick.

Trik