Garden Spider, Portugal

This is a Portuguese garden spider. I know that because I photographed it in my father in law's garden in Portugal. Sarah and I have just returned from a week long stay and this consumate hunter was lurking in a bush. It's web was rather straggly but it had clearly done the job because the spider was surrounded by dried husks of it's prey. Most of the time it simply waited with one leg testing the web and waiting for the signs of something caught in the silk. This photograph however shows it on the web with an unlucky fly. The palps of the spider are doing their work and if you look closely you can see some of the eight eyes. We only saw the spider feed the once but they can go for a long, long time between meals. When resting it was covered with ants - presumably after some of the left-overs. Taken with a Canon G12 ISO 100, f2.8, 1/60 second with fill in flash.