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Sunday, 27 May 2012

House Sparrow predates Hairy Dragonfly

I often see House Sparrows diving into the reed in search of insects but this female came out with quite a catch, a female Hairy Dragonfly. Clearly the House Sparrow is not blessed with the agility of a Hobby but she didn't necessarily need that today. There were large numbers of Hairy Dragonfly along the Neath Canal today, and this included a good number of ovipositing females. I watched the females hawk around the margins of the reeds looking for suitable places to lay the eggs. They do this at a much slower pace than males who are defending territories and clearly this House Sparrow was able to take advantage of that less evasive behaviour.

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