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Re: Kev Ling

Postby Wurzel » Mon Jul 31, 2017 8:29 pm

Interesting to see Ringlets still going strong in your neck of the woods :D Great shot of the mating Hedge Browns too :mrgreen:

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Re: Kev Ling

Postby kevling » Wed Aug 02, 2017 7:23 am

Cheers Wurzel :D It's been a great year for the Gatekeeper considering the decline that has been reported in the last couple of years. Good to see them bounce back.

31st July - Devil's Dyke, Newmarket
With another summer month drawing to a close :( , my daughter and I visited Devil's Dyke to see Chalkhill Blue.
It had been several years since my last encounter, as we are normally on holiday during their peak.
We started nr Stetchworth and walked along the dyke for 1.5 km towards the July racecourse. The clear skies had given way to partial cloud and at 09.30 the breeze was quite cool. As a result the CHB were taking shelter down in the grass. However as we passed, good numbers took to the wing and our count along this stretch of the dyke rose to c160. I believe there were probably 2-3 times that number hidden down the banks out of the breeze.
The male to female ratio in this first part was 20:1.

After an early lunch we moved over to the stretch of Dyke that runs parallel to the July Racecourse. With the sun putting in a more sustained appearance and the temperature rising, what a difference!!.
There was an explosion of CHB. So many that I simply couldn't take an accurate count (but well in the hundreds). So I gave up trying and just enjoyed the spectacle. In one spot, you had to take great care where you were walking, for fear of treading on some unsuspecting CHB. There were far more females in his section too, with the ratio being more like 10:1 in favour of the males.
This was the sort of butterflying day that makes you glad to be alive.

Anyway on with some photos taking during the day. Hope you enjoy.
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Re: Kev Ling

Postby Wurzel » Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:08 pm

Great set of shots Kev :D It's great when there are so many butterflies around that you just stop counting :D

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Re: Kev Ling

Postby David M » Wed Aug 02, 2017 9:46 pm

Thanks for posting those images, Kev. It's been a grim last week or so weatherwise here in south Wales and they have cheered me up no end.

I only wish I didn't have to travel so far to see them myself! :(

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Re: Kev Ling

Postby kevling » Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:49 am

David/Wurzel, thank for your kind comments as always.

11/8/17
Having read everyone's posts regarding Brown Hairstreaks, I was getting a little envious. Not being able to make a long journey for them, I have been waiting patiently to catch sight of one in Ipswich where some small colonies now exist.
I set out to the banks of the River Orwell and began the search. It was a warm sunny morning and the first notable sightings were Common Blues, in larger numbers than I had seen all summer (c30). Including this female
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Next notable sightings were three Clouded Yellows, but all too flighty for photographing I'm afraid. Nevertheless very nice to see.
After a couple of hours of scouring what seemed every flower head and branch in the reserve, I finally came across this female Brown Hairstreak.
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A nice end to a very enjoyable morning and for the first time, I have seen all the British Hairstreak species in one year.

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Re: Kev Ling

Postby Pauline » Sat Aug 12, 2017 11:52 am

Those BH shots were worth waiting for Kev, especially the first one. Smashing! :D

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Re: Kev Ling

Postby Wurzel » Sat Aug 12, 2017 7:10 pm

Great stuff Kev especially the last shot, it's really contextually rich, love it :D :mrgreen: I know what you mean about the envious sitting and waiting and watching reports of various species roll in, over my way we're often a fortnight behind in emergences :?

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Re: Kev Ling

Postby David M » Sat Aug 12, 2017 7:42 pm

Well done, Kev, with the Brown Hairstreaks. The Cloudies were merely an incidental bonus.

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Re: Kev Ling

Postby trevor » Sun Aug 13, 2017 6:24 am

Good to read of a Brown Hairstreak colony so far from Sussex, Kev.
Finding them is always a magical experience. Nice shots too.

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Re: Kev Ling

Postby kevling » Sun Sep 03, 2017 3:46 pm

There's still plenty to see on Suffolk's Heaths at the moment and I have been milking every bit of late summer sun I can before Autumn sets in.
I've been a little late catching up with Grayling this year, but made up for it with several seen, including this duelling pair.
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Looking through my albums, there's a distinct shortage of Small Heath photos. I just can't seem to get close to them. This one was very kind and allowed me a close up view.
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There were still some nice looking Small Coppers too
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Re: Kev Ling

Postby Wurzel » Sun Sep 03, 2017 9:25 pm

Great stuff Kev :D Small Heaths are right pains; not only do they spook other butterflies when you're trying for a shot but when you try and get a shot of them they're almost totally unapproachable :roll: :D

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Re: Kev Ling

Postby David M » Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:14 am

Small Heaths are easier when they're feeding (which they don't seem to do too often). When they're on the ground they are very difficult to approach (almost as bad as Large Heaths).

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Re: Kev Ling

Postby Goldie M » Tue Sep 05, 2017 3:39 pm

I agree, the Small Heath's are very hard to get shots of but you seem to have done alright :D Goldie :D


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