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Sunday, 12 July 2009

Butterflies

I am finding photographing butterflies a real challenge, not only will they not stay still, when they do I am spooking them with my macro lens. They also fly around in what appears to be a state of confusion, none the less I managed to get a few shots, some with my macro lens and others with my 500mm.

We had read before heading to North Devon that Braunton Burrows (the largest sand dune systems in the UK) that it was good for seeing butterflies and we weren't disappointed.

Here are some of the shots I managed to get, I have so many shots of empty leaves and flowers maybe I should do a post of leaves :) I will try to ID them, but if I get any wrong please let me know.

The first pic is Red Admiral, it was along the track heading towards the dunes.
Photo taken with Nikon D70 + Nikkor 28-100mm +4 macro adaptor.

The next photo is of a Dark Green Fritillary
Photo taken with Nikon D70 + Sigma 170-500mm.

The next pic is my favourite of the 5 it was on a high perch so I was able to get a good angle for the shot, it is of a Small Skipper.
Photo taken with Nikon D70 + Nikkor 28-100mm +4 macro adaptor.

The next butterfly is a Ringlet.
Photo taken with Nikon D70 + Nikkor 28-100mm +4 macro adaptor.
And finally a Comma, I was so pleased to see this butterfly because it looks more interesting than the other butterflies, but would you believe yesterday one landed on my garden fence, I'd never seen one before my holiday and now they are in my garden, won't complain though.
Photo taken with Nikon D70 + Sigma 170-500mm.

Theres nothing out of the ordinary here, its pretty much what you would expect to see around dune areas, but when you haven't paid attention to these things before each it more spectacular than the last.

Hope you liked the pics and I hope I've got the ID correct for you all.

Mike.

9 comments:

  1. Very nice buterfly shots Mike! I agree completely that they are tricky to get... I've noticed that they fly off if my shadow goes across them. Love the skipper... they do buzz about quite a bit so great job :-D

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  2. Thanks Shirl, yep they sure do, I think I walked up and down a couple of miles following all these.

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  3. Great Images Mike,I like the small skipper which is difficult to capture.
    Well done,great job.
    John.

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  4. They can be tricky little sods to photograph Mike! You're right about each species being exciting, when they are new ones for you.

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  5. These photos aren't half bad considering the subject. Butterflies are difficult to get close to. The trick is getting them while they are still cool in the a.m. or later in the evening. They have to be warm to be able to fly around so fast.

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  6. Incredible details and clarity in the shots, Awesome...Thomas

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  7. Thanks guys, all too kind.

    I think I will need to get up earlier Lisa lol :)

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  8. You have got to be chuffed with these images Mike. Well done, your patience paid dividends.

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  9. I would say that you did a wonderful job with the butterflies and such a nice variety! Your shots are all so nice and close and detailed. I keep getting closed wings and dead-on shots that look like a thin line...they are sneaky about that! I agree about how they flit around just about the time you want to snap them. I've been chasing that little snout butterfly around and still can't get an open wing shot. Your shots are the kind that make identification much easier! They would be great for a guide book....so lovely.

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THANKS FOR YOUR COMMENTS, MIKE.