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Postby Wurzel » Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:41 am

Stourhead 08-10-2017

After what felt like an age since my last trip out, at little over two weeks in fact :shock: , we were finally on the road; picnic lunch packed, National Trust membership cards to hand and camera fully charged and ready to go. Despite a slight detour we soon arrived and bundled out of the car and through the gates. I was in a bit of a rush as the weather was quite decent for the time of year (so there was a reasonable chance of finding some butterflies) but was set to turn more cloudy throughout the course of the day and so chances of finding butterflies would diminish with the suns warmth waning.

My wife suggested that we took the top path which then dives down through the woods coming out near the feeder pond. I was all for this as it would mean walking through the kitchen garden with its late flowers offering nectar and the walls keeping out any chilling breezes. Things weren’t too good during the first part as a sneaky little bit of cloud was giving us a taste of things to come. But it finally moved off just as we were about to leave the garden and walk through. As we walked through the gate a bright orange flag looked out of place against the violet colouration of the flowers, a beautiful looking Comma. I doubted whether I would get any shots as I let K take some on her phone for her Insta-feed (whatever that is?) but luckily it seemed intent on gorging itself and after a good few minutes with it I wandered off whilst still it fed!
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The wall on which the gate was hung was half way along the back wall of the stable yard buildings and extended along the rest of the length was a small border containing all manner of flowers. In spring it’s a real riot of colour but now it mainly features pink and violet. Mid way along the border a small arched doorway takes you through and into the stable yard. K and I spent a while here just wandering up and down the length of the border as it was a veritable butterfly haven. As well as the Comma a Large White fed in amongst a couple of Peacocks and 11 Red Admirals (lowest count so there could have been more).
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From here was carried on across the ‘back garden’ of the House where we found a warm bench and had lunch. Then it was on along the Avenue and cutting down through the wood until we came out by the feeder pond. While the girls played Pooh sticks at the overflow I tried to follow some of the many Dragonflies. There was what looked like a Chaser and a long bodied blue one which might have been an Emperor but these were there one second and gone the next. Even with Sports mode I didn’t have much luck because not only were they fast but they also kept well back so they were distant as well, not conditions conducive to great shots – too fast and too distant. Luckily a pin-wheeling pairing of Common Darters almost fell into my lap, well landed relatively close to me, so I was rewarded for my patience.
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I caught the girls up and despite a few more fly-by Red Admirals and the odd white that seemed to be it for the day and as we started back up the hill the cloud came in from the west.
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As we drove for home we broke out from the cloud and all was sunny and warm again so when we pitched up at my Sister in-laws I took my camera in and we spent some time looking round not only their new house but also their new garden :wink: . Up on the and now their old veggie patch was a Small White clinging to a yellow flower and looking like it was going to plummet to its doom any moment. Up at eh back was a huge patch of Ivy and on it at least four Red Admirals one of which was showing an unusual patterning on one fore wing which I think may have been caused by water damage?
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After about 15 minutes I turned to make my way back to the house to be sociable only to realise that the cloud had reached us and with a shiver I headed in and so ended yet another great family/butterfly day out.

Have a goodun

Wurzel

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Re: Wurzel

Postby Andrew555 » Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:36 am

Great set of shots Wurzel, that Comma is particularly nice. :D

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Re: Wurzel

Postby Goldie M » Fri Feb 09, 2018 1:45 pm

WoW! Wurzel, that Comma hurts the eyes :lol: I'm not used to the Sun :lol: Lovely to see it, not long now before we see some more. :D Goldie :D

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Postby Wurzel » Sat Feb 10, 2018 3:49 pm

Cheers Andrew :D I was really lucky with that one as it chose to land on such a contrasting coloured flower :D
Cheers Goldie :D and also sorry for hurting your eyes :oops:I might have to go back and edit that post to put a warning label on it :wink:

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Re: Wurzel

Postby essexbuzzard » Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:00 pm

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Comma of red valerian like that. But, as the autumn progresses, I suppose they can’t be fussy!

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Re: Wurzel

Postby Neil Freeman » Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:13 pm

A great selection of autumn butterflies Wurzel, cracking shots especially the Commas :D

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Postby Wurzel » Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:48 pm

Cheers Essex :D No indeed it's a bit like me at the end of a Christmas party, I'll even drink Cinzano by that stage :shock: :oops: :lol:
Cheers Neil :D They just sort of fell into my lap as it were :D I can't wait to see my first Comma of the year now :roll:

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