It's raining here at last, just the tail-end of the terrible weather front causing deluges in other parts of Spain. Winged ants have been flying, and the Swallows and Martins can afford to take a break under the stormclouds to preen, I imagine they've had a good feed today.
|Red-rumped and Barn swallows and House martin|
|Winged ant, possibly a Queen, may become a nutricious meal for migrant birds|
|Barn swallows with one Red-rumped|
In the prairies, or 'Salamanca savannah' as I call it, the occasional yellow wagtail flutters at insects around cowdung and vultures wait patiently for the air to rise or a cow to die.
|Whinchat in heat haze|
|Lapwing and Green Sandpiper|
The few ponds are a magnet for passing waders.
In the very Mediterranean area of the Sierra de Francia, the vegetation is much more lush.
|Pistachia terebintus Turpentine tree|
Up in the hills there are vestiges of ancient wine presses, possibly pre-Roman, and living amongst them the beautiful Spiny-footed lizard, the Cardinal butterfly and the Blue-winged grasshopper.
|female Cardinal butterfly|
Meanwhile in the mountains of the Sierra de Bejar at 1km higher up, 1600m or so, the young Rockthrushes are busy catching insects. Parnassius palustris is in flower as is the ubiquitous Autumn crocus, and Wall brown, Cardinal and Grayling butterflies abound.
|Rock Grayling butterfly|
|Wall brown butterfly|