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Re: Andrew555

Postby bugboy » Mon Nov 20, 2017 7:27 pm

Great recent set of shots Andrew, pick of the bunch for me is that Duke perched on the Daisies :)
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Postby Andrew555 » Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:15 pm

Thanks Bugboy. :)

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Postby Andrew555 » Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:22 am

White Hill is a Butterfly Conservation site fairly near to me on the east side of the Darent Valley at Shoreham, Kent.
Chalk downland in nature, it's one of those handy local places that you can just pop to for an hour or two.
Easy parking in a lay-by off the main road through the valley, a short walk up a footpath and your there, here's a selection of what I've seen.


The main path running through the reserve.

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I've seen 17 species at this site, including Large White, Speckled Wood, Common Blue and Brown Argus.

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Male and female Common Blue.

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Brimstones on Knapweed, lots of both to be seen.

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Despite this a decent open wing shot still eludes me.

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There is a Chalkhill Blue colony in residence, male and female here.

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It's also a great place if you like your moths, any id corrections welcome btw!
Clockwise from top left, Burnet Companion, Small Purple-barred, Anania crocealis (maybe) and Treble-bar.

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Small Purple and Gold (Mint Moth).

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One of the Longhorns, Nemophora metallica.

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A Silver-y.

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The view across the valley.

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Re: Andrew555

Postby Chris Jackson » Sat Dec 02, 2017 7:37 pm

Great photos Andrew.
All with the FZ1000 ?
Can't wait till next Spring.
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Postby Wurzel » Sun Dec 03, 2017 10:05 am

Great set of shots Andrew especially the Chalkhill pairing - brill!! :D :mrgreen: :mrgreen: You've also featured by favourite named moth Nemophora METALLICA :twisted: :D .

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Re: Andrew555

Postby philm63 » Sun Dec 03, 2017 7:08 pm

Nice shots Andrew, I would love to have a site that like that locally

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Re: Andrew555

Postby Andrew555 » Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:50 am

Hi Chris, thanks and yes all FZ1000 shots.
Looking foward to seeing some of yours next year. :)

:lol: Wurzel, that's the first thing I thought of when I looked up the name of that moth!
Thanks m8. :D

Thanks a lot Phil, yes it is great to have somewhere close that you don't need to put aside a whole day to see.

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Re: Andrew555

Postby David M » Tue Dec 05, 2017 7:35 pm

Fabulous stuff, Andrew. Shame about the near miss with the Brimstone in flight as the image is pretty sharp. I love those Chalkhills too.

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Postby Andrew555 » Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:26 am

Thanks a lot David, one day! :)

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Postby Andrew555 » Sun Dec 17, 2017 6:03 pm

Here are some pics from Portland in Dorset. The combination of sea, the scenery and abundance of butterflies make it a fantastic place to visit.

From the north of the Isle, in fields and along pathways around the Admiralty Quarries.
Chalkhill Blue, Gatekeeper, Green-veined White and Meadow Brown.

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Red Admirals on the larger plants.

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At Tout Quarry and the nearby coastal paths Graylings can be found.

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I've seen Silver-studded Blue there as well.

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Lots of Knapweed on Portland, much visited.

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Marbled White, Large Skipper, Lulworth Skipper and Large White.

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Incoming!

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This pale Knapweed stood out from all the purple.

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Kestrels are a common sight along the west coastal path. I got lucky when this one drifted close to me.

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You can sometimes get a view level with or above them, as they hunt the slopes below.

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Along the coast path near Weston there is an area dominated by these yellow flowered plants.
Not sure what they are, a variety of Hawkweed maybe ? They seem to be favoured by Whites, Small here.

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Some other wildlife, Oystercatcher at Portland Bill, Common Lizard at Church Ope Cove.

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Scarlet Tiger Moth.

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I've got more, but I'll leave them for another time! :)

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Postby Wurzel » Sun Dec 17, 2017 6:53 pm

Looking forward very much to 'another time' Andrew, a fantastic taster of what Dorset has to offer, so much so I'm feeling slightly homesick now :cry: :D

Have a goodun

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Re: Andrew555

Postby David M » Sun Dec 17, 2017 9:35 pm

Your local area seems to have a lot going for it, Andrew.

Makes mine seem comparatively bereft in comparison (except for Marsh, Small Pearl Bordered and High Brown Fritillaries).

Yours is a practically unique stretch of coastline, and the rewards on offer are hard to beat anywhere in the UK from a wildlife perspective.

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Re: Andrew555

Postby Andrew555 » Tue Dec 19, 2017 8:39 am

Thanks Wurzel :) .
(and sorry! :( :D )

Not strictly speaking my local area David. Although it kind of feels like it since I have family there and visit as often as I can. :)
It is wonderful.

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Re: Andrew555

Postby Andrew555 » Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:31 am

A couple from my festive break in Dorset.

We were treated to Starling murmuration over Weymouth, an amazing sight.
And a Kestrel hunting on Portland, on one of the very few sunny days!


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Postby Wurzel » Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:32 pm

Great shots Andrew :D I've enjoyed staring at the Starling murmuration to see what beautiful shapes pop into view - so far I've seen a slightly deformed Snowy Owl and a turtle swimming towards me - though my imagination was working overtime making that one out :shock: :lol:

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Re: Andrew555

Postby David M » Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:24 am

That's a magnificent shot of the kestrel, Andrew. You can see the intent in its eye.

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Re: Andrew555

Postby Andrew555 » Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:12 am

Cheers Wurzel :) The best my dull brain could manage was 'amorphous blob' :?

Hi David and thanks :) I got lucky again. It was, as you say, intent on some potential prey quite close to me.
It hung there in the air for a good 20 - 30 seconds before deciding it was nothing, and swooping off.

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Re: Andrew555

Postby Goldie M » Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:25 pm

Hi! Andrew, Dorset is one of my favourite counties to visit, I love your shots of the Butterflies and that shot of the Flying Kestrel is fantastic, we hope to visit there all being well this year. Goldie :D

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Postby Andrew555 » Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:46 pm

Thanks a lot Goldie. Hope you make it. :)

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Re: Andrew555

Postby Andrew555 » Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:03 am

Attempting to finish off 2017 before the new season begins.

April 2017

I saw my first butterfly in March, but didn't get a pic until early April, a Small Tortoiseshell at Penshurst in Kent.

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Norbury Park in Surrey provided my next sightings, a female Orange-tip, Speckled Wood and Brimestone.

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Down the paths and rides of Batt's Wood near Mayfield in East Sussex I found Speckled Wood, Small Copper and below, Green Veined White and Comma.

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The Darent Valley didn't let me down, with visits to White Hill, Fackenden Down and Lullingstone Park all contributing.

Holly Blue, Dingy Skipper and Small Copper.

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Green Carpet Moth and Green Hairstreak.

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On a rather grey day this Grizzled Skipper stayed put on a Dandelion for quite some time, with wings folded.
Only opening them slowly when a brief patch of brightness passed over.

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Not a bad April at all. :)

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