Many of the plants weren’t on show due to the poor weather and the blue skies we hoped for in the mountains never materialised. In fact, it was only in the evenings when the sun seemed to shine but there was still a chill in the air and we were back at the comfortable hotel!
Anyway, I was fortunate enough to get close to some great Pyrenean wildlife and this post is to share a few of the mammalian highlights. So the appearance of a Marmot was great but to get as close as I did was a real treat and I had great fun with the individual below. It had absolutely no fear of me … that might have something to do with the fact it was at the bottom of a ski run! The second star of the show was the Pyrenean Chamois or the Izard, I spent around half an hour photographing this individual and I couldn’t be happier with the results.
The final mammal to feature here has not yet been confirmed but I am pretty sure it is in fact a Hybrid Wildcat! It saw our group and immediately ran away from us up into the cover of a rocky hillock. I immediately sprinted around this hillock and climbed its far side to find the cat walking straight towards me (well below where I stood). I am so happy with the images but I am sending them off for confirmation as to whether or not they are believed to be a Wildcat Hybrid. Having done quite a bit of research I am sure that it is!
I still can't be entirely sure that this is a Wildcat Hybrid but many of the characteristics add up to give me that conclusion. It doesn't quite seem right, to me at least, to be a pure-bred Wildcat but who knows? I am still ever so happy with the images I managed to capture.