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Wildlife Seen in, on, around and from Rocky Pond

Rocky Pond has been dry for a number of years. In late 2022 we started to rehabilitate the pond by making it deeper so it can hold more water and for longer. As it fills up with rain we will

translocate some aquatic and marginal plants.

All Photographs were taken by the website author on the reserve unless otherwise stated.

 

 

 

 

AMPHIBIANS

 

 

Iberian Spadefoot Toad

Pelobates cultripes

Sapo da unha negra

 

Iberian Spadefoot Toad tadpoles in Rocky Pond. 200+

 

 

Iberian Water Frog

Pelophylax perezi

Rã verde
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REPTILES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAMSELFLIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DRAGONFLIES

 

 

Broad Scarlet

Crocothemis erythraea

Libélula escarlate
 

 

 

Broadbodied Chaser

Libellula depressa

Libélula achatada
 

 

 

Epaulet Skimmer

Orthetrum chrysostigma

Ortétrum de faixa branca
 

 

 

Redveined Darter

Sympetrum fonscolombii

Libélula de nervuras vermelhas
 

 

Common Darter

Sympetrum striolatum

Libélula comum
 

 

 

Male.

Female.

 

 

 

MAMMALS

 

 

Iberian Hare

Lepus granatensis

Lebre ibérica
 

 

 

Iberian Rabbit

Oryctolagus cuniculus algirus

Coelho bravo
 

 

Iberian Badger

Meles meles marianensis

Texugo
 

 

 

Iberian Fox

Vulpes vulpes silacea

Raposa
 

 

 

Wild Boar

Sus scrofa

Javali
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BIRDS

 

 

Grey Heron 

Ardea cinerea cinerea

Garça real

 

 

 

White Stork

Ciconia ciconia ciconia

Cegonha branca

 

Gadwall

Anas strepera strepera

Frisada
 

 

 

Mallard

Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos

Pato real
 

 

Red Kite

Milvus milvus milvus

Milhafre real
 

 

 

Redlegged Partridge

Alectoris rufa hispanica

Perdiz
 

 

 

Common Woodpigeon

Columba palumbus palumbus

Pombo torcaz
 

 

 

Little Owl

Athene noctua vidalii

Mocho galego
 

Little Owl being mobbed by Chaffinch.

 

Iberian Green Woodpecker

Picus sharpie

Peto real
 

 

 

Crested Lark

Galerida cristata pallida

Cotovia de poupa
 

 

 

Woodlark

Lullula arborea pallida

Cotovia dos bosques
 

 

 

 

Grey Wagtail

Motacilla cinerea cinerea

Alvéola cinzenta
 

 

 

 

White Wagtail

Motacilla alba alba

Alvéola branca
 

 

 

 

Eurasian Stonechat

Saxicola torquatus rubicola

Cartaxo
 

 

 

 

Song Thrush

Turdus philomelos clarkei

Tordo pinto
 

 

 

Common Chiffchaff

Phylloscopus collybita collybita

Felosinha

 

 

 

 

Blue Tit

Cyanistes caeruleus ogliastrae

Chapim azul
 

 

 

 

Eurasian Nuthatch

Sitta europaea hispaniensis

Trepadeira azul
 

 

 

 

Eurasian Jay

Garrulus glandarius fasciatus

Gaio
 

 

 

Iberian Azurewinged Magpie

Cyanopica cooki

Charneco
 

 

 

Carrion Crow

Corvus corone corone

Gralha preta
 

 

 

Spotless Starling

Sturnus unicolor

Estorninho preto
 

 

 

Chaffinch

Fringilla coelebs coelebs

Tentilhão
 

One of a number of Passerines including Chaffinches, Blue Tits and Nuthatch mobbing a Little Owl.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INSECTS etc

 

 

Hawthorn Fly

Bibio marci

Mosca de são marcos

 

 

Common Pondskater

Gerris lacustris

Alfaiate

 

 

 

Water Mites

 

Water Mites on Rocky Pond - Hydrachnidia. Not Insects, but related to Spiders.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PLANTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Rocky Pond 22 December 2022.

Rocky Pond November 2022. Rehabilitation work started on this pond in September 2022.

Rocky Pond May 2022 before Rehabilitation work started.

September 2022 Rehabilitation work to deepen Rocky Pond and remove silt so that it can hold more water and hold water for longer.

It is hoped the spoil pile will attract birds or mammals to use it as a neasting/denning site.

 

 

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