Friday, 11 July 2014

Butterfly Forays - Part 2.


Following on from my first post in this series I am returning to the grassy slopes below Juniper Top, near Mickleham for another special butterfly that is found on open flowering downland .. the fast, powerful flying Dark Green Fritillary (Argynnis aglaja).

Whilst mesmerized by the numbers of Marbled Whites flapping lazily across the meadow locating where any of the robust male Dark Green Fritillary eventually settled took a lot of patience and as soon as I got reasonably close they immediately flew far away across the slope. So after a number of aborted attempts I decided the best option was to sit and wait until one eventually perched fairly close by and here is a sample of my first ever session with this species.



All these images were taken handheld using the 450D with the 70-300mm lens. More species coming up in Part 3.  FAB.

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17 comments:

  1. Such beauties Frank. Hope all is well with you and yours. Carol

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  2. Frank, the countryside is beautiful. I really like the gate shot in the first collage. Super!

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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  3. Spectacular detail on this butterfly.

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  4. Beautiful pictures of this hard-to-catch butterfly. Thanks for having the patience to go along with your talent.

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  5. that looks like a great area for butterflies, Frank. Great shots of these beauties. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  6. Dazzling shots of the butterfly ~for CC and SC ~ thanks, ^_^

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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  7. It is a beautiful butterfly. Congrats on your sighting.. Thank you for linking up to my critter party.. Enjoy your weekend!

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  8. How lovely Frank, great shots of your butterfly and also of the always beautiful English countryside.

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  9. Fabulous shots. I can appreciate the difficulty in getting these flighty fellows, as I've struggled myself recently to capture them. Jealous of yours though.

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  10. Your first attempt?? Life is not fair, sigh (joking).

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  11. Beautiful butterflies. Such detail!

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