My lost Spring in the Serranía de Ronda

Rock ThrushSpringtime has to be one of the most exciting times of the year for me. It is a time of renewal, rebirth and freshness, to both the landscape and local wildlife. Birds are starting to arrive from their faraway winter quarters, flowers are raising their heads to be noticed and our daylight hours are stretching to, what would usually allow more of our time spent in the big outdoors.

It is a busy time as bird song resonates throughout the Serranía, a ritual by males to attract and entice females for an inspection of their new dress and chosen territory; insects are in a hurry to emerge and harvest the richness of pollen and greenery. Of course, it normally happens to be a busy time too for the intrepid wildlife guide as visitors usually arrive to be shown the wonders of my mountains.

Llanos de Libar
A prime birding site is Llanos de Libar

Most of my days now are normally spent either guiding groups for various tour companies visiting here or guiding as an independent day trip guide. Even on those rare days when I would be free to do my own bidding, I would normally choose to indulge myself by visiting favourite and hidden gems for birds and flowers, accompanied by cameras and wallowing in the tranquillity that solitude can afford. After winter it is exciting to explore the area to see if the familiar has reappeared and find new places, sometimes making new discoveries! Each year is different and each produces rewards for anyone who loves nature, scenery and just being, feeling and breathing our wonderful natural heritage. Most of all, I am missing the privilege to share my experience and knowledge of such a beautiful part of our world with so many friends and like minded people.

So here I attempt to give you a small token of what spring means to me here in the Serranía de Ronda, a few photos that help illustrate what we can see here. I very much hope you enjoy these small offerings and I guess you too are missing enjoying your area and springtime?

So much to see and so little time to write more or illustrate more of our wildlife in this offering, but I hope you will keep an eye on future posts and I will try and show you more of this natural gem that is the Serranía de Ronda.

Northern Wheatear
Northern Wheatear is one of 3 species of wheatear breeding in the area
Blue Rock Thrush
Blue Rock Thrush are common in the high mountain areas
Sawfly Orchid
Sawfly Orchid one among so many orchid species in the Serranía
Violet Dropwing
The river systems are a great place for dragon and damselflies. Here a Violet Dropwing
Ibex
Ibex are common in the mountains here.
Olivaceous Warbler
Olivaceous Warbler a much sought after bird in the area.
Ocellated Lizard
This large lizard, the Ocellated Lizard, is still common in the Serranía.
Two-tailed Pasha
Visitors are always thrilled to see this beautiful butterfly the Two-tailed Pasha.
Green rolling hills
Not just rugged mountains, green and rolling hills surround the Serranía.

Article: Peter Jones Photographs: Pieter Verheij (Header photo) all others Peter Jones

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