Many years ago I occasionally went birding with a very dour Scotsman who took a keener interest in butterflies than the birds. During the summer months I have often recalled a comment he made to me during a stroll around the countryside .... "When the birding activity drops away in summer you should switch to chasing butterflies ... there are only 59 resident species in the UK ... far smaller list than all the birds".
Well throughout the following years I never consciously followed his suggestion but this year I have tried to photograph every species that I have seen. Whilst I haven't kept a specific 'tick list', when sorting through all the images recently I discovered, to my surprise, that I have actually seen a total of 32 so far this year and most of them not too far from home.
Not unsurprisingly the most photographed was the Silver-washed Fritillary.
Here are some montages of the other species I have manged to capture.
Common and Holly Blues
Brown Argus, Green Hairstreak, Brimstone, Grayling, Purple Hairstreak and Green-veined White.
Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Orange-tip and the Comma.
In Part 2 I'll share an unexpected recent find plus a few more montages of the summer flutters. FAB.