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Wednesday 30 September 2015

Roath Park Wildlife Gardens 30/09/2015

Still some Dragons to be found with this nice weather, at Roath Park Wildlife Gardens I found some Common Blue Damsels and a Female Common Darter enjoying the sun and a Hawker flying around but staying high in the trees so unable to get a good look for id.

Sunday 20 September 2015


Black darter still flying at South pools today with good numbers of common darters and hawkers

Saturday 12 September 2015

Barry Sidings & Gelliwion Forestry, Hopkinstown. 10.09.2015

Barry Sidings is a small country park near Pontyprid with Two small fishing lakes, some wooded area and then the forestry. Around the lakes were a few Damsels:- Emerald, Blue-tailed and Common Blue plus Common Darter Dragonflies male & female One pair in tandem and ovipositing. There were Three hawkers, Two I know were Male Southern Hawkers the other I`m not sure. Walking up into the forestry I found Common Darters on the road tracks plus a Male Golden-ringed Dragon.

Thursday 10 September 2015

Cosmeston Lakes 06/09/2015

After Lavernock Point I went to Cosmeston Lakes and the Dragonfly pond to the left of the visitors centre. Only a few Dragons about Blue-tailed and Azure Damsels, Common Darters and Two male Migrant Hawkers patroling the pond. In the pond I did get a glimpse of a Dragonfly Larvae, unable to identify from the photo (anyone care to have a go?).

Continued to walk around the rest of Cosmeston and found plenty of Common Darters sunning themselves away from the water, at the large Dragonfly pond two Hawkers fighting for control of the pond but too far away for clear ident. Although I did catch these Two male Common Darters basking on the sign which I thought was quite apt. On the way back to the car I came across this Male Emperor taking advantage of the sun.

Tuesday 8 September 2015

Lavernock NR 06/09/2015

Bright and sunny so expected to see something on the wing today and was not disappointed. At the Dragonfly pond a male Emperor was patroling for a while but then moved off but there was still plenty of Common Darters around, I counted 13 pairs in tandem and ovipositing but were being harassed by a male Southern Hawker. The only Damsel seen was a lone Blue-tailed male. There were more Common Darters around and about the reserve basking in the sunshine.

Today saw 4 Black Darters in two pools alongside the now blocked off track to Rhaslas Pond - 3 males and a teneral. Yesterday at Aberthaw Lagoon, Migrant Hawker seemed to be in good numbers.

Saturday 5 September 2015

Llanerch & Parc Slip

Overcast and a bit of a chill in the breeze at Llanerch this morning so not a lot about - some Blue-tailed and a couple of male Common Darter.

Not a lot more in the sunshine at Parc Slip this afternoon - Blue-tailed and Common Darter mainly, but also  Southern Hawker and (possibly) an Emerald Damselfly. Both the latter kept their distance so images are severe 'crops'.

Common Darter

Southern Hawker

Emerald Damselfly query

Thursday 3 September 2015

Parc Cwm Darren 01/09/2015

After a quick cup of coffee I took a walk along the top path to the Dragonfly pond, there were plenty of Common Darters on the path and the rocks nearby M & F. At the pond the only Damsels seen were Emeralds with some in tandem, a male Emperor was patroling the pond but did stop for a bit so I could ge a photo. Around the pond I found a female Southern Hawker ovipositing, there were a few male Common Darters fighting for the best spots. There was nothing flying around on the main lake.

Wednesday 2 September 2015

Penallta Parc, 01/09/2015

A bit windy, cold and overcast when I arrived at the horse-shoe ponds so not alot moving just a single female Common Darter some Emerald Damsels and a few Blue-tailed Damsels. I looked around for a couple of hours without any sightings of anything else, as I was leaving the sun came out and so did some male Common Darters. I then moved on to Parc Cwm Darren.