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Sunday, 20 June 2010

Father's Day excursion

Visited Penhow Quarry late last year and promised myself another trip as soon as possible. Todays excursion was therefore long overdue. Although a fly over peregrine was the only noteworthy bird, dragonflies were the order of the day. Emperor, broad bodied chaser and black tailed skimmers were all well represented.

Didn't expect too much from Ponthir Reservoir, but a couple of mute swan were a new species to the water for me. Otherwise two pair of coot, a pair of great crested grebe with a rather swamped and waterlogged two egg nest, and what appears to be the start of a post breeding tufted duck gathering with seven birds present. Also black tailed skimmer.

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