Aula Natura de la Marjal de Gandia

As a self-confessed dragonfly obsessive, this was the main target of this trip to Spain. I had made e-contact with a specialist to find out where I might find dragonflies near our Jalon location and he came up with this, “which is supposedly good for Black Pennants”. Black Pennants (Selysiothemis nigra) cannot be seen in many places so I was naturally hooked.

With no other early morning engagements, we set off for Gandia. The journey was easier and shorter than I’d imagined. Moreover, there was an all but unused parking area just outside the entrance to the reserve. We parked and wandered in past a mechanical digger.

J01_3832 Scarlet DarterAs we wandered down the entrance track, the digger passed us. We soon found a water channel and our first suspects, a Blue-tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans) and a Scarlet Darter (Cocothemis erythraea).

J01_3830 Emperor DragonflyContinuing I scared up a resting Emperor Dragonfly which resettled for a photo opportunity.

Our next distraction was the digger which was excavating weed and an invasive Crayfish species from the drainage channel. We paused ntil the digger operator paused and beckoned us through. Our shoes got v. muddy from the material left on the path but at least they were managing the environment. Good for them!

J01_3840 Epaulet SkimmerJ01_3843 Violet DropwingWe walked around a very well constructed boardwalk meandering through the reserve and found a few more species including the delightful, though common, in its range, Violet Dropwing (Trithemis annulata) and our new friend the Epaulet Skimmer (Orhthetrum chrysostigma) but no sign of out target species, the Black Pennant. Their season is weakly defined so maybe they’d finished for this year?

I returned somewhat disappointed but not unhappy ‘cos the Epaulet Skimmer was already more than I’d expected.

Posted in 2013 France and Spain
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  1. […] information that I might find Black Pennants (Selysiothemis nigra) in residence, we set off for the Aula Natura de la Marjal de Gandia. We had no luck with the Black Pennants but we did see several more examples of what I assumed to […]

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