On a hot sunny morning, we walked along a spectacular path to the border with Spain. Port de Boucharo is a high mountain pass, in the Pyrénées, between the border of France and Spain, at an elevation of 2.270m (7,447ft). We had constant company from Griffin Vultures - at one stage there were more than 20 in the air. Great to see some true 'alpines - the Gentian and Mountain Buttercup and one endemic reptile the Pyrenean Rock Lizard.
Sunday, July 15, 2018
The Cirque de Garvarnie is one of the most well-known walks in the area and, certainly, there were too many people on the main track for my liking but I quickly found some side tracks and spent a very pleasant day in solitude photographing flowers and insects plus the beautiful scenery. If you are not able to tackle the walk, you can take a donkey or pony ride up the mountains - they looked quite tired after a trip.
Our final stop on Monday was in the Heas Valley where the sun came out and the insects all started waking up and showing themselves including lots of Black-Veined Whites. (Other species shown Pearly Heath, Yellow-Veined Darter, Scorpion fly, Bee chafer, Rose Chafer, Grasshopper ?species, Long Horned Beetle
Friday, July 13, 2018
The rain waited until lunch time and then cleared again fairly quickly but had the affect of slowing down the insects. Butterflies include Silver-Studded Blue, Heath Fritillary, Black-Veined White and Lesser Marbled Fritillary. The flowers are Burnt Orchid and Astrantia. Insects Fire Bug, a black Weevil Beetle and Hoverfly Heliophilus species (exact IDs to follow)
Thursday, July 12, 2018
As the weather was forecast fairly good, we decided to do the walk into the Cirque de Troumouse - a beautiful route across a stream that had Pyrenneean Salamanders (and Caddis flies). While others went further to look in vain for the Alpine Accentor, I wandered around the meadows photographing the flowers - not as plentiful as Wengen area but still attractive.