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Postby kentishman » Mon Jul 07, 2014 10:41 pm

Beginners Luck

Hi all
this is my first post!

Having had the absolute pleasure of reading these amazing personal diaries for a couple of years i have decided to create my own.

Armed with my new trusty Canon 7D i today visited Dene woods (North Tonbridge, just a 5 minute drive away) as I heard a couple of Purple Emperors had been spotted at the weekend.

No luck with the PE but I was rewarded with two Lifers - White Admiral and Silver-Wash Fritillary!!

Here are some of my pics.

David (kentishman)
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Postby Paul Harfield » Mon Jul 07, 2014 11:01 pm

Hi Kentishman

Welcome to this friendly forum. A great start :D I have never seen a mating pair of Silver Washed Fritillaries before. Looking forward to more posts :D

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Postby Mike Robinson » Tue Jul 08, 2014 6:09 am

Welcome aboard.

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Postby Neil Hulme » Tue Jul 08, 2014 6:25 am

Hi kentishman. Welcome to UKB!

If you are keen to see Purple Emperor in your area (which I suspect is gradually getting a firmer foothold in the wooded landscape spanning the Kent/E. Sussex border), you might wish to try around Eridge Rocks (Eridge Green), to the SW of Royal Tunbridge Wells. There are several sites around here which are now consistently providing sightings, despite receiving little in the way of attention from Emperor fans.

BWs, Neil

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Postby Pauline » Tue Jul 08, 2014 9:32 am

Welcome from me too. Great shot of the mating SWF :mrgreen:

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Postby kentishman » Tue Jul 08, 2014 11:40 am

Back to Dene Park this morning for a very brief visit.

Nothing appeared to be flying at all but then the cloud broke and within a few minutes saw two female PE in the clearing just 100 yards from the car park.

The first (with damaged wing) settled very briefly and i managed just one proof shot.

The second (undamaged specimen) landed on my companion's leg but flew off up over the oak trees within seconds before i could get the camera on target.

I am amazed big these insects are and how fast these things fly!

Particularly chuffed as the enthusiasts i was with yesterday said they visit the park regularly but had not seen a PE for about 4 years.
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Postby Wurzel » Tue Jul 08, 2014 9:29 pm

Welcome Kentishman :D I see the beginners luck is continuing - I had to wait three seasons for my first PE shots and 4 for my first mating pair of Silver Washed :shock: :mrgreen:

Have a goodun

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Postby Willrow » Thu Jul 10, 2014 6:40 pm

Great start with your PD David...and a warm welcome to UK Butterflies :wink:

Bill :D

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Postby kentishman » Sat Jul 12, 2014 2:58 pm

Hi y'all

Today's collection including my best White Admiral pics to date.

Can you please help me out here. is this an Essex or Small Skipper?

Cheers
k
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Postby Mike Robinson » Sun Jul 13, 2014 7:45 am

Super White Admiral pictures.

I'm still not competent enough to confidently differentiate between Small and Essex Skippers (the males are easier, I think).

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Postby Pete Eeles » Sun Jul 13, 2014 8:09 am

kentishman wrote:Can you please help me out here. is this an Essex or Small Skipper?


Looks like a male Essex; you can just about make out the sex brand of the forewing, which is parallel with the leading edge of the wing.

Cheers,

- Pete

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Postby Mark Colvin » Sun Jul 13, 2014 8:29 am

Hi kentishman,

Your 'male Ringlet' is in fact a male Meadow Brown.

Good hunting.

Kind regards. Mark

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Postby Lee Hurrell » Sun Jul 13, 2014 9:37 am

Welcome from another Kentish Man (although now in Surrey). I agree with Essex Skipper. I know Dene Park well although when I lived nearby I didn't manage to see a PE there!

Best wishes,

Lee
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Postby kentishman » Mon Jul 06, 2015 1:45 pm

Just got back from Dene Park, Tonbridge, Kent.
PE definately flying saw several individuals circling the master oak.
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Postby kentishman » Tue May 30, 2017 5:42 pm

Weather permitting I'm heading for Strumpshaw Fen from Kent early this Friday 2nd June hoping to see Swallowtail for the first time.
Currently travelling (by car) alone but room for 1 or 2 members/diarists if you can make TN10 by 0730.
I would welcome the company and expertise!
PM me if interested.

Hopefully i'll have something to report on here come the weekend!

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Postby kentishman » Sun Jun 25, 2017 1:10 pm

Dene Park today. Didn't think i'd would have any joy with it being heavily overcast and 18C. But then someone important dropped in for lunch!
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Postby SimonC69 » Sun Jun 25, 2017 3:17 pm

Excellent. Any audience with his imperial highness is something to be savoured. :mrgreen:

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Postby Wurzel » Sun Jun 25, 2017 8:43 pm

Cracking stuff Kentishman, that's the way with Emperor's; expect the unexpected :D :mrgreen:

Have a goodun

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