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Monday 26 August 2013

Llanilid Yesterday

Just a few Common Darters and Common Blues near the large pond at the entrance there was more activity in the form of butterflies; Common Blues, Wall, Painted Lady, Small Tortoiseshell, Gate-keepers, Meadow Browns and a Grayling. But I digress, I found a few small ponds which were full of Emerald Damselflies some in tandem also Common Blue and Blue-tailed Damselflies there were alot of Common darters here also, some of which were ovipositing. A single Common Hawker was patroling above the ponds.

On the larger pond/lake further over I found more than twenty Common Darters ovipositing plus one pair of Common Hawkers copulating. Others on and around the lake; Black-tailed Skimmer, Common Blue and Blue-tailed Damselflies.

Thursday 22 August 2013


male Common Hawker
 A very nice wet area has developed on an old coal tip just above Glyn-Neath. I spent a few minutes looking around it this afternoon and found 8 species of Odonata present.  4 Common Hawkers including 3 males battling for supremacy, allowed me a chance to take a few photos.
male Common Hawker
Emerald Damselfly (30+ including a few tandem pairs)
Blue-tailed Damselfly (12)
Common Hawker (3m, 1f - ovipositing)
Golden-ringed Dragonfly (2m, 1f)
Four-spotted Chaser (1)
Keeled Skimmer (1m)
Black Darter (5m)
Common Darter (20+ including a few tandem pairs)

Wednesday 21 August 2013

Garnwen, Maesteg.

                                   Black darter.
                                   Also 3 Goldring and a Southern hawker.

Saturday 10 August 2013

Garnwen, Maesteg, yesterday.

                                Black darter
                                Black darter
                                        Common hawker.

Wednesday 7 August 2013


Called into the park yesterday, 06/08/13 for a few hours and found a few Damselflies on the ponds mostly Common Blues with a few Blue-tailed and Large Reds. There was a Golden-ringed Dragonfly patroling around the bottom pool. I then took a walk up into the forestry area and came across a male Golden-ringed Dragonfly patroling an area of clear ground stopping now and again giving me a chance to get a photo.

There was another Dragon flying above the playing field but to high for me to get a good look at it plus I did not have my bins.