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Re: Katrina

Postby Katrina » Sun Jul 30, 2017 5:18 pm

Thanks Goldie and thanks to Neil too. Added bonus photo
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Re: Katrina

Postby trevor » Sun Jul 30, 2017 5:20 pm

Brilliant stuff, Katrina. Knepp is a different proposition to Steyning,
with many males coming down to nectar. ( never seen a male at Steyning ).
With the Brown Hairstreak putting in so many appearances at Knepp,
it's possibly more addictive.

PS. Just seen your female......... Stunning.

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Re: Katrina

Postby bugboy » Sun Jul 30, 2017 7:02 pm

Wonderful Hairstreaks Katrina, the weather's not allowed me an open wing shot this year yet :mrgreen:
Some addictions are good for the soul!

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Re: Katrina

Postby Katrina » Sun Jul 30, 2017 8:44 pm

Thanks Trevor, Knepp is certainly on a different scale than Steyning.
Thanks Bugboy, I really liked your Brown Hairstreak on Hogweed with the dark background shot too.

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Re: Katrina

Postby essexbuzzard » Mon Jul 31, 2017 6:23 am

Wow, absolutely stunning hairstreak pictures, Katrina. Looks like Knepp will be going on my list of places to visit! :)

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Re: Katrina

Postby Wurzel » Mon Jul 31, 2017 8:55 pm

Absolutely beautiful shots Katrina - the contrast between the bright bodies and the white body is cracking :D :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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Re: Katrina

Postby David M » Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:49 pm

You hit the jackpot when you bump into Neil Hulme, Katrina!

So glad you got a good audience with this precious species. Even better that you did so when the weather wasn't your friend!

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Re: Katrina

Postby Katrina » Tue Aug 01, 2017 8:44 pm

Thanks essexbuzzard - Knepp is certainly worth a visit - much bigger than any other site I go to (still get lost a bit).
Thanks Wurzel and David, very lucky allround.

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Roosting Blues

Postby Katrina » Wed Aug 02, 2017 3:02 pm

With bad weather forecast I decided my only chance was to get out early. I went to Chantry Hill and found flying Meadow Browns and roosting Blues and one roosting Small Heath. I needn't have got up so early as they were all still roosting when I left at 8am.
It seems trickier than you would think identifying them. Can anyone tell me if the photo below is a female Chalkhill or Adonis Blue?
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Re: Katrina

Postby Neil Hulme » Wed Aug 02, 2017 3:42 pm

Hi Katrina

I only ever see Adonis at Chantry as solo wanderers, once every couple of years. Based on this, and timing, you can be almost certain that this is a female Chalk Hill Blue.

BWs, Neil

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Re: Katrina

Postby Katrina » Wed Aug 02, 2017 3:48 pm

Thanks Neil

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Re: Katrina

Postby kevling » Wed Aug 02, 2017 4:42 pm

Katrina,

You know when you live 3 hours away from Knepp and everyone keeps posting great photos of Brown Hairstreaks....grrr :lol:

Seriously though, enjoying your sequence of photos. The bonus photo on 31/7 is simply stunning. The colours are so bold and vivid.

Regards Kev

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Re: Katrina

Postby Wurzel » Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:19 pm

I'd also go with Chalkhill and a beautifully marked one at that, cracking photo :D

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Re: Katrina

Postby Katrina » Wed Aug 02, 2017 9:52 pm

Thanks Kev, if it makes you feel better I know the frustration of seeing people get great photos when you're at work and then it raining when you are off!
Thanks Wurzel, I have decided I can't tell the difference by closed wing appearance, it looked to me just like a photo in the Chalkhill and Adonis photo albums!

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Still Purple Hairstreaks

Postby Katrina » Sun Aug 06, 2017 8:53 pm

I wasn't planning on going back to Knepp but my sister decided she wanted to see Brown Hairstreaks having never seen them. We saw some but they weren't coming down for us. Also seen were Meadow Browns, Gatekeepers, Small Coppers, Small Heaths,Large Whites, Speckled Woods, Purple Hairstreaks, Small Tortoiseshells ,Red Admirals, Common Blues a single Peacock and a single Small Skipper.
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Re: Katrina

Postby Wurzel » Sun Aug 06, 2017 9:00 pm

That's a cracking shot of the Small Tort Katrina, great composition :D :mrgreen:

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Bonus photo

Postby Katrina » Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:36 pm

While I was at Knepp on Sunday I was sitting on the grass looking up at a tree with a few Purple Hairstreaks when I noticed one 30cm from me in the grass. I watched it for a while and noticed it had half a wing missing and half an antenna. I wondered if it couldn't fly and tried to put in back on the oak. It happily walked onto my thumb but was having none of going back onto an oak ( I tried several oaks several times) and it stayed on my thumb for 20 mins until flying back into the grass. I have seen White-Letter Hairstreaks in the grass before . I don't know why it preferred to be there or if it just couldn't fly back into the oak.
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Re: Katrina

Postby Wurzel » Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:39 pm

That is one hell of a shot to have :D :mrgreen: I've only experienced that once before but as I was in the middle of Splash Towers at Legoland and surrounded by children I couldn't get my camera out :(

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Re: Katrina

Postby Katrina » Sun Aug 13, 2017 9:09 pm

Thank you Wurzel! I couldn't decide if it was a little tragic with the state of the hairstreak but I enjoyed the experience anyway.

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Re: Katrina

Postby Katrina » Sun Aug 13, 2017 9:16 pm

This afternoon / evening I went to Chantry Hill. It was a pleasure to meet Garry outside of a work party. I saw Meadow Browns, Small Heaths, Chalk Hill Blues , Brown Argus , one Red Admiral and about 14 Silver-spotted Skippers. They seem to be having a good year. I then briefly stopped at Anchor Bottom for about 30 mins but only found a few butterflies
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