Peacock – Favourite Photo of 2017

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Peacock – Favourite Photo of 2017

Postby Wurzel » Sun Dec 24, 2017 6:03 pm

Peacock – Favourite Photo of 2017

Week 12 – Wishing one and all a Very Happy Christmas and a butterfly filled New Year! :D

Please could I ask that everyone waits until a topic has been opened by me for a particular species before posting photos? Of course our overseas members are very welcome to fill in the obvious gaps relating to rare UK migrants. As like last year details of locations, dates, times and circumstances would be welcome as would any accompanying stories and anecdotes or other observations of behaviour and interesting other points.

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Re: Peacock – Favourite Photo of 2017

Postby bugboy » Sun Dec 24, 2017 8:52 pm

I've managed to whittle this down to the one image, one of many I came across at North Stoke whilst on Large Tortoiseshell watch!
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Postby downland boy » Sun Dec 24, 2017 11:39 pm

Early one morning I came across this fresh Peacock warming itself on a dew covered bracken frond.


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Postby Goldie M » Tue Dec 26, 2017 5:18 pm

Once again my shots were taken in my back garden, I'd not seen the Peacock in the garden at all until then, shots were taken 10th of August, I was so pleased to see it and well worth the Gardening done this year :D Goldie :D
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Postby IAC » Wed Dec 27, 2017 1:16 pm

This is maybe not the best photo I had taken of the Peacock Butterflies this past season, however, it is the most unusual one I could find during 2017. It was August 15th in a woodland clearing with plenty of Creeping Thistle, Spear Thistle and Knapweed that I immediately spotted this beauty and chased it around ignoring every other Butterfly for a full hour...as you do. I liked this photo not just for the Butterfly itself , but also that odd dancing fly on top of the Thistle that I had failed to spot initially. :)
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Postby MikeOxon » Wed Dec 27, 2017 2:55 pm

The Peacock is always a wonderful species for photography. I chose this shot, taken early in the season at my local Dry Sandford Pit reserve, as a favourite, because it is a little 'different':

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Re: Peacock – Favourite Photo of 2017

Postby Allan.W. » Wed Dec 27, 2017 4:46 pm

Posted a couple of Peacock undersides that I was pleased with,the one on the thistle was taken about a minute before the heavens opened,tried a couple of shots "au naturelle " ,hopeless ! so flicked the flash up......much better,then the butterfly walk turned into a "fungal foray " ! The second was a late autumn shot ,on a Scabious plant ,both from my local patch, Orlestone forest (Kent )
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Re: Peacock – Favourite Photo of 2017

Postby Vince Massimo » Wed Dec 27, 2017 5:10 pm

I think Iain's butterfly looks like an ab. I have never seen one with such bold black markings on the leading edges of the forewings.

My own favourite is of an egg mass found on the underside of a nettle leaf in late April.

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Peacock ova - Crawley, Sussex 25-April-2017


Subsequent monitoring revealed that it consisted of eggs from two separate batches which hatched at different times.


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Re: Peacock – Favourite Photo of 2017

Postby David M » Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:22 pm

Aah! Simple pleasures.

This beauty is, of course, fairly common. But that doesn't detract from the pleasure of seeing them in numbers, and on 27th August, in the walled gardens of the National Botanic Gardens of Wales, I saw quite a few, many of which were nectaring from the buddleia bushes growing in this spot.

An accompanying Small Tortoiseshell merely added to the joy:

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Re: Peacock – Favourite Photo of 2017

Postby Neil Freeman » Fri Dec 29, 2017 7:59 pm

Hmm!, although supposedly common and widespread they had another poor year around the midlands, so much so that Peacock was awarded West Mids BC wooden spoon award for the poorest performing species for the third year running. They were a bit late appearing around my own local sites in the spring and in worryingly low numbers. The summer brood were also few and far between with no more than a dozen or so seen locally which is well down on what I should normally see.

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They did seem to be doing a bit better further afield and I saw a fair few up around the Arnside / Silverdale area in early August...

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...and from reports I saw they seemed to be good numbers at some locations further south.

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Re: Peacock – Favourite Photo of 2017

Postby millerd » Fri Dec 29, 2017 8:15 pm

The best showing of this species was in my sister's Yorkshire garden back in early August. Over 20 were routinely seen each day I was there, with some beauties amongst them.
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On my local patch, there were a few very late in the season, pointing to a partial second brood. This individual, seen on 6th October, was attempting to squeeze between two fence slats (presumably to hibernate), but failed and flew off into some dense overgrown woodland instead.
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Re: Peacock – Favourite Photo of 2017

Postby Wurzel » Sun Dec 31, 2017 6:34 pm

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Though not the most spectacular Peacock image that I took during 2017 this one is my favourite. It was taken on May Day at Garston Wood on a trip to check the Bluebells. It’s my favourite because of the unusual behaviour shown by the butterfly. It was basking in the weak sun between showers on a Lichen encrusted tree. I approached it stealthily but the girls were a bit out of practice and so they spooked it. Rather than taking to the wing it merely walked along the branch. Once spooked it was aware of my presence and so each time I shifted position it set off for another wander rather than taking to the wing. It was probably because it wasn’t quite warm enough for flight but I like to think that it was too much of an old codge to fly-off because of some annoying whippersnapper of a human! :wink:

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