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Friday, 26 August 2016

Parc Cwm Darran 23/08/2016

After Penallta I got to PCD where I found Two male Southern Hawkers on the Dragonfly pond along with alot of Common Darters, also alot of Emerald Damselflies and a few Common Blues. Walking around the parc there were alot of male Common Darters on the paths and vegetation.




On the way home over Gelligaer common I stopped off at a pond by the roadside and found a male Emperor, a male Southern Hawker plus a female Southern Hawker ovipositing.


Penallta Park 23/08/2016

On Sunday I went to Lavernock NR but only saw a single male Common Darter (very windy and overcast) then moved onto Cosmeston Lakes but did not get a chance to go around as rain stopped play.
At Penallta on Tuesday things were alot better although a bit breezy the Dragons were about. A few Emerald and Blue-tailed Damsels were at the horse-shoe ponds with alot of Common Darters, some in tandem and some ovipositing. On one pond a male Southern Hawker was hunting, a female Southern Hawker and female Common Hawker were ovipositing.
Taking a walk around the many paths I found another female Southern Hawker resting on a bush and a male Golden-ringed hunting over a patch of bramble.









I then moved onto PCD.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Llanerch Wood 15/08/2016

Spent a couple of hours at Llanerch wood ponds on Monday bug hunting, while there I saw plenty of Blue-tailed Damsels plus a few Common Darters. A single Southern Hawker was hunting over one of the ponds and a number of Red-eyed Damsels with a pair in tandem were resting on the lily pads.






Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Parc Cwm Darran 14/08/2016

At the Dragonfly ponds I found a male Emperor patroling the lower pond being harassed by a couple of hawkers, one I found in the margin a female Common Hawker ovipositing the other could of been a male judging by the colouration. A few Damsels were present, Blue-tailed, Large Red and Emerald with alot of male and female Common Darters. On one of the other ponds a lone male Broad-bodied Chaser.





There were no Dragons on the big lake.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Penallta Park 14/08/2016

Spent Sunday the 7th out of county at Newport Wetlands, found a few Dragons and Damsels.

At Penallta`s horse-shoe ponds there was a Female Common Hawker ovipositing, also found a few female Common Darters. Damselflies where thin on the ground with a few Blue-tailed and one Emerald




I then moved onto Parc Cwm Darran.

Friday, 12 August 2016

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Llanerch ponds - 09 August

Llanerch for lunch so took the opportunity to have a walk around the ponds.

A male Emperor was 'on patrol' but didn't settle anywhere for a photo! Lots of Blue-tailed Damsels around, some in tandem, and several male Common Darter basking on the paths but nothing else.





Saturday, 6 August 2016

Parc Slip 31/07/2016

Not alot about at this site not helped by the clogged up pool by the visitor centre which is normally good for Damsels, I did find some female Common Darters basking on a gate by the path leading along the stream. At the pool under the bird hide I did find an Emerald Damsel and a bit further along on the bottom path I found a male Golden Ringed Dragonfly but that was all!!




Kenfig NNR 31/07/2016

Took a walk along the East side of the pool and found alot of Common Blue Damsels and Common Darters around the poolside vegetation. Near the top end by the reed beds I found a couple of male Emperors, Black-tailed Skimmers and a single male Ruddy Darter. On the pools at the top end a pair of Emperors where mating and some Emerald Damsels were present.








I then moved on to Parc Slip.