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Monday, 17 October 2016

Lavernock Point NR & Cosmeston Lakes 09/10/2016

A bit cold to start but when it warmed up and the sun came out so did the Dragons, around the gun emplacement buildings male Common Darters were Basking In the sun on the ground. At the pond there were plenty of Common Darters some males basking and a few m&f in tandem and ovipositing, a male Migrant Hawker was patroling over the pond.

At Cosmeston on the pond to the left of the visitor centre there were again plenty of Common Darters some basking and some in tandem and ovipositing, there was also three male Migrant Hawkers with one pairing up with a female and copulating.

Walking around the park I also found alot of females basking on fence posts and male Migrant Hawkers patroling the hedgerows.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Penallta & Parc Cwm Darran 02/10/2016

Looked at the horse-shoe ponds at Penallta and found no Dragons in residence, it was still a bit cold and the sun was stuck behind the clouds. I did find some Common Darters on the paths away from the ponds.

I then moved on to P.C.D. where I had to wait for the sun to come out before things started to happen. First the Common Darters started to show then Two male Southern Hawkers started to patrol the ponds. I did find a female Southern Hawker ovipositing on the bank and a female Migrant Hawker made a brief appearance. There was only One Damselfly on the pond which was an Emerald, a little late in the year for them but it has been a funny year weather wise.

The males would not stop for a photo.