Monday, 19 July 2010

Wear and Tear!

As the flying season progresses, the territorial battles and mating takes it toll as evidenced by these images captured today during a few hours around Bookham Common.
Speckled Wood.
White Admiral.
Silver-washed Fritillary.
Even I was glad of some shade as I tramped the woodland pathways.
Other species seen were Brimstone (posted on FABirding), Common Blue, Comma, Meadow Brown and Purple Hairstreak. Dragons and Damsels were also on the wing including, Emperor Dragonfly, Brown Hawker, Black-tailed Skimmer, Common Darter, Large Red and Common Blue Damselfly. Avian species were fairly quiet but Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Mallard, Coot, Little Grebe, Blackcap, Great Tit, Nuthatch, Grey Heron, Jay, Jackdaw, Crow and Magpie were seen or heard. As I departed from the car park a juvenile Common Buzzard floated out of the woodland, headed out over the nearby fields and scattered all the local Woodpigeons to the four winds......FAB.


  1. Super Super Super! I LOVE seeing all of these lovely creatures!

  2. Frank I agree the wounds of war are so visible. I saw many yesterday on the butterflies and moths at Bernheim. Carol

  3. Such a colorful world full of activity!

  4. Yes, we think of butterflies as works of art, but they have a brief time when they are in prime condition. These are stellar photos.

  5. Great shots, each and every one!

  6. Sounds like quite a day for winged creatures!

  7. Beautiful species and nice photos:)

  8. Kerri. Me was a good morning.

    Carol. The Swallowtail you captured is gorgeous.

    Amila. It sure is.

    Steve B. I'm trying my best to do justice to these little beauties.

    Wilma. Ta very much.

    Sarah. Yes, weather conditions were very favourable but not sure how long it will last.

    Joanna. Thanks, still hunting for something different to show you.

  9. Great shots as always. Nice job!

  10. Each and every image is gorgeous. It's like they posed for you. I took a stroll through my meadow this morning and no one would sit still for me. ~karen

  11. Hi Mona. Trying my best!

    Hi Karen. I had to be very, very patient. You'll have to try sitting down in the meadow and wait for them to get used to you.

  12. Hi Frank.....I have noticed lots of butterflies with damaged or torn wings. Tattered and torn, poor things. Such delicate, fragile little creatures.

    I did get a lovely image of a meadow brown today and she was absolutely perfect.......

  13. Hi Cheryl. Well hopefully all their efforts during their short lives will ensure continuance of their species. Nice shot of the Meadow Brown on the new Phlox.

  14. A great bit of photography Frank.

  15. I love seeing butterflies with tattered wings--it's like they've lived life to its fullest and they continue to fight. Lovely shots...

  16. Hi Bob. Appreciate the compliment.

    Hi Kelly. A short existence but definitely lived to the full.


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