Kip on the move

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Kip on the move

Postby Kip » Tue Jun 06, 2017 8:34 pm

Anyone reading Guy's diary will have seen I met up with him in Switzerland. Well, I will post a few photos here as time and access goes by, but I was prompted to open with this, which is quite the most stunning Pearly Heath I think I have ever seen. I hope you like it....
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Re: Kip on the move

Postby Padfield » Tue Jun 06, 2017 8:37 pm

Brilliant picture, Paul. It's rained a bit since I saw you ... :D Hope you've managed to see a little between the showers.

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Re: Kip on the move

Postby David M » Tue Jun 06, 2017 10:04 pm

Yes, it's a cracker. They really are very beautiful butterflies and if they were scarce I'm sure they'd garner a great deal more attention.

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Re: Kip on the move

Postby Kip » Wed Jun 07, 2017 5:49 am

I've moved around a bit, including a dash south to where I know Blue Spot Hairstreaks fly.... I wasn't disappointed, although the first ten or so I saw had all been harried by birds and had their blue spots pecked away.... then I struck lucky....
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Re: Kip on the move

Postby Kip » Mon Jun 19, 2017 12:19 am

Well, I'm back in UK and have Wifi. A large forest in the Chablais kept drawing me back in the hope of Poplar Admiral, initially in Guy's much appreciated company....populi never did show up, but at least my time in the woods was rewarded with these ilia shots...
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:D

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Re: Kip on the move

Postby bugboy » Mon Jun 19, 2017 9:00 am

Oh my, the intensity of colour on those wings is incredible, I can only imagine what they looked like in the flesh! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
Some addictions are good for the soul!

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Re: Kip on the move

Postby Kip » Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:32 am

Yep, it was a very pretty sight, and there must have been a dozen or so of them around.... but very active!! :D

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Re: Kip on the move

Postby Kip » Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:39 pm

Another welcome consolation in the wide forest trails were several polychlorus and I finally managed to achieve a couple of passable photos of this grand species....
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170613 N. polychlorus. __9906.jpg

:D

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Re: Kip on the move

Postby David M » Mon Jun 19, 2017 4:39 pm

Lovely, undamaged specimen there, Kip. You were amply rewarded for your patience. :mrgreen:

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Re: Kip on the move

Postby Kip » Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:22 pm

Yep, quite right David, but they are two different ones, I saw several, and as Guy said, they were emergent, so would only be around for a few days to feed up before hiding away until next year. I was lucky!
Here are my shots of trappi, seen with Guy on my last day ( these postings will not be in chronological order), I was quite pleased to eventually capture these images....
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170617 P. trappi. __0048.jpg
( above, on the larval food-plant )

170617 P. trappi.  __9995.jpg

( I do have another shot of the female, which although even more rubbish than the above, does prove she was trappi )
:D
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Re: Kip on the move

Postby Kip » Mon Jun 19, 2017 7:58 pm

A few more Blues from this holiday, various venues...

Provencal Chalkhill, down south in the Drome ....
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Mazarine in the Alps...
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Large Blue in the Alps...
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Escher's in the Alps...
170617 P. escheri. __0016.jpg

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Re: Kip on the move

Postby Kip » Mon Jun 19, 2017 9:25 pm

Purple-edged Copper remains a spectacular butterfly when fresh, and especially when it sports purple edges, like this one I bumped into at Les Gets...
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oh, and here is his heart's desire, both were fresh as a daisy....
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:D

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Re: Kip on the move

Postby Kip » Wed Jun 21, 2017 3:23 pm

Referring to Guy's diary. here are my best efforts from the day... a first ever view of the elegant Hungarian Glider, so intent on flying elegantly it virtually never stopped. I don't have Guy's zoom, which would have helped a lot.... but here's are those I managed.....
170617 N. rivularis. . __0218.jpg
170617 N. rivularis. . __0206.jpg
170617 N. rivularis. . __0190.jpg
170617 N. rivularis.  __0210.jpg
:D

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Re: Kip on the move

Postby Padfield » Wed Jun 21, 2017 8:39 pm

Those are much better pictures than I got, Paul (though I'm pretty sure three of them are in the wrong orientation ... :D ). To use my super-zoom effectively I need to hold the camera very steady, and this was not possible when I was snatching shots in a moment before the butterflies flew. You were standing much closer and your camera also performs better in those half-shade conditions. I'm very happy for you - as we set off over the Col I felt very confident you would see gliders but much less confident you would actually get any pictures!!

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Re: Kip on the move

Postby David M » Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:20 pm

Great images, Kip, and very worthy of that decadent smiley at the end of your post! :D

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Re: Kip on the move

Postby Kip » Wed Jun 21, 2017 11:23 pm

Blimey Guy, how did I not see that orientation thing.... thanks!...... checked the RAW images and, well, here are the corrected ones...
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Big self satisfied smile replaced by :oops: :roll:

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Re: Kip on the move

Postby Kip » Fri Jun 23, 2017 9:15 pm

Return visits to the woods in vain for Poplar Admiral, gave me a chance to study the Woodland Brown with more time. Just as well, because obtaining a photo was not at all easy.
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White Admirals were a different matter of course...
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Finally, this shabby individual turned up.....
170613 L. dispar. __9733.jpg

:D

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Re: Kip on the move

Postby David M » Fri Jun 23, 2017 10:38 pm

Woodland Brown is one of Europe's most difficult species, Kip, so well done on getting images such as those.

Wonderful!

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Re: Kip on the move

Postby Roger Gibbons » Sat Jun 24, 2017 7:38 am

I'll second that. Woodland Brown is not only scarce but incredibly nervous and difficult to photograph.

It has an infuriating habit of flying into dense trees and bushes usually at about 3m above the ground and it never stops flying. We saw over 100 in one location at the end May when it was 30C and we never saw one stop. Then there was a storm and afterwards it was overcast and the temperature dropped to 20C and I thought this might slow them down but, no, they just carried on as before.

Cherish those photos, Kip. I'll just look on in admiration.

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Re: Kip on the move

Postby Kip » Sat Jun 24, 2017 8:53 am

I really appreciate that chaps. It took a long time and I think they just got used to me in the end!


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