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Katrina

Postby Katrina » Sun Mar 09, 2014 8:52 pm

Today in the beautiful weather I went to Southwick Canal. On the way there, from the car, I saw a butterfly flying alongside the road ?a Tortoiseshell.
I was rewarded there by my first Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and Small White of the year. There were 2 Peacocks, one Brimstone, one Small White and plenty of Tortoiseshells. There was plenty of butterfly activity with three Small Tortoiseshells spiralling high into the air multiple times and plenty of butterflies chasing each other off e.g. a Brimstone chasing off the Small White which was in turn chased off by a Small Tortoiseshell.
I then met some friends and we walked up to Cissbury Ring. We saw multiple Small Tortoiseshells and Peacocks and one Brimstone.
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Re: Katrina

Postby David M » Sun Mar 09, 2014 9:01 pm

Your Small White is the sighting of the day without doubt!

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Re: Katrina

Postby Maximus » Sun Mar 09, 2014 9:23 pm

Hi Katrina, I agree with David, yes it is an amazing sighting.


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Re: Katrina

Postby Katrina » Sun Mar 09, 2014 9:28 pm

I was surprised to find it but some have been reported even earlier on the Sussex Butterfly Conservation website.

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Re: Katrina

Postby Wurzel » Sun Mar 09, 2014 10:49 pm

I'm with the others the Small White is the sighting of the day - it may be the first photo of the species for 2014 on UKB :D

Have a goodun

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Re: Katrina

Postby Butterflysaurus rex » Mon Mar 10, 2014 12:05 am

Great spot Katrina! A nice surprise to see a Small White this early, not long now before the Orange Tips arrive :D

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Re: Katrina

Postby Katrina » Wed Mar 19, 2014 10:33 pm

Today I went to the work party at Heyshott. It was another lovely day. On the way up I passed a bank of primroses and, although I had a lot to do this afternoon, I managed to stop for 5 minutes on the way down. I found one brimstone, 2 tortoiseshells and a peacock.
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Re: Katrina

Postby Susie » Thu Mar 20, 2014 7:23 am

I love your photos of the peacock in the primroses, Katrina :)

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Re: Katrina

Postby Katrina » Thu Mar 20, 2014 10:29 pm

Thank you - the photos could be better but I really liked seeing the butterflies on the primroses as it made me feel that spring has really arrived.

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Re: Katrina

Postby Neil Freeman » Fri Mar 21, 2014 8:09 pm

Hi Katrina,

Nice Peacocks on Primroses, I also like the Peacock on the stones in your first post.

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Re: Katrina

Postby Wurzel » Sun Mar 23, 2014 11:00 pm

Lovely shots of the Peacocks Katrina especially the last one, it's lush :D

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Re: Katrina

Postby Katrina » Sun Mar 30, 2014 2:16 pm

Today I went early to Pulborough Brooks and saw one peacock. Then on to Rackham Woods where I saw my first red admiral of the year,one small tortoiseshell, two Brimstones and at least 2 peacocks. The onwards to Mill Hill where they are now grazing cattle. It had clouded over by the time I got there but I found one small tortoiseshell and 2 peacocks.
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Re: Katrina

Postby Katrina » Thu Apr 03, 2014 9:03 pm

Yesterday I went to Mill Hill and saw Small Tortoiseshells, Peacocks and a single Brimstone but no sign of the Grizzled Skipper. I also saw the back of a grass snake disappearing into the undergrowth. I found a brown moth which someone kindly identified for me on ispot as a Straw-barred Pearl (pyrausta despicata) which is a new one for me.
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Re: Katrina

Postby Katrina » Sun Apr 06, 2014 6:24 pm

Today I went to Pulborough Brooks. No butterflies but I saw 4 Avocets and my first Swallow of the year.
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Re: Katrina

Postby Katrina » Wed Apr 09, 2014 10:06 pm

Today I saw my first orange tips, commas, green veined white and speckled wood of the year.
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Re: Katrina

Postby robpartridge » Thu Apr 10, 2014 10:32 am

Nice detail on the head of that Orange Tip. May I ask my usual question - camera and lens?

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Re: Katrina

Postby Katrina » Fri Apr 11, 2014 6:13 am

Thank you! Camera is a Sony SLT-A77. The lens is a Sony 2.8/100 macro (the only macro lens in the shop which would fit). I don't know much about photography so I leave it on auto all the time. The detail is good but it does seem to be noisy compared to other peoples cameras which can disturb the butterflies. I am not sure if it is the camera or lens which is noisy. Hope that is helpful!

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Re: Katrina

Postby robpartridge » Fri Apr 11, 2014 7:17 am

Thanks, Katrina - I'm always looking at cameras and lenses, and wondering but the old Lumix FZ38 still manages some good pictures. I don't know enough about photography to justify the expense of a proper camera I fear, and some people seem to spend more time fiddling with settings than they do looking at butterflies!

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Re: Katrina

Postby Butterflysaurus rex » Fri Apr 11, 2014 6:04 pm

Katrina wrote:Thank you! Camera is a Sony SLT-A77. The lens is a Sony 2.8/100 macro (the only macro lens in the shop which would fit). I don't know much about photography so I leave it on auto all the time. The detail is good but it does seem to be noisy compared to other peoples cameras which can disturb the butterflies. I am not sure if it is the camera or lens which is noisy. Hope that is helpful!

Hi Katrina, The noise is almost definitely the lens, have a look at this Sigma lens for your Sony http://www.ephotozine.com/article/sigma ... -fit-19238 I think it's around £400 new.
It should be a lot quieter than your Sony Macro lens which I believe is a re badged Minolta. I have used the Sigma and it's a great Macro lens. Everything works internally so the lens does not extend in use, this can also scare off some of the more "flighty" insects. The downside is it's a bit heavy to carry around all day. If you're able to it would be good to take your Sony SLT-A77 to a local camera shop (with the Sigma lens in stock) and ask to try it on your Sony. I'm certain you'll find it's a lot quieter. Other than that I believe that Amazon lets you "try and return" for free if it's not to your liking.

I hope this is helpful :D

Best wishes

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Re: Katrina

Postby Katrina » Fri Apr 11, 2014 6:18 pm

Butterflysaurus rex wrote:
Katrina wrote:Thank you! Camera is a Sony SLT-A77. The lens is a Sony 2.8/100 macro (the only macro lens in the shop which would fit). I don't know much about photography so I leave it on auto all the time. The detail is good but it does seem to be noisy compared to other peoples cameras which can disturb the butterflies. I am not sure if it is the camera or lens which is noisy. Hope that is helpful!

Hi Katrina, The noise is almost definitely the lens, have a look at this Sigma lens for your Sony http://www.ephotozine.com/article/sigma ... -fit-19238 I think it's around £400 new.
It should be a lot quieter than your Sony Macro lens which I believe is a re badged Minolta. I have used the Sigma and it's a great Macro lens. Everything works internally so the lens does not extend in use, this can also scare off some of the more "flighty" insects. The downside is it's a bit heavy to carry around all day. If you're able to it would be good to take your Sony SLT-A77 to a local camera shop (with the Sigma lens in stock) and ask to try it on your Sony. I'm certain you'll find it's a lot quieter. Other than that I believe that Amazon lets you "try and return" for free if it's not to your liking.

I hope this is helpful :D

Best wishes

B'saurus

Thank you - very helpful info. I have been thinking of trying a new lens.


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