Monday, 3 August 2015


An overcast and windy morning today so definitely not ideal conditions for seeking out any wildlife around the margins of a local grassy meadow that I discovered on arrival had been mowed a few hours earlier! Unperturbed I wandered until a small blue flutter dropped into the vegetation to ride out the gusty conditions.

A quick search revealed this male Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus) gripping on tightly to the dried seed pods of a grass stem. I was amazed at the tenacity of this tiny, flimsy butterfly, as the wind blew the stem and its rider in all directions, often bending to within inches of ground level, thereby posing the 'watcher' with a few challenges including keeping the subject in focus.
Both images taken handheld with the 70-300mm lens plus 1.4x converter [ISO 400; f/11: 1/320-1/500 @ 330 & 420mm respectively].

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Monday, 27 July 2015

Hanging on tightly.

Four-spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata) hanging on in windy conditions. Captured during a recent visit to Thursley Common. [ISO 800; f/10; 1/400 @ 420mm].

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Thursday, 23 July 2015

Black Darter.

A male Black Darter (Sympetrum danae) photographed at Thursley Common earlier this week using the 70-300 lens plus 1.4x converter. [ISO 800: f8: 1/250 @ 420mm]. There will be more images of this and other Odonata from this visit on my main blog very soon. FAB.

Saturday, 11 July 2015


A couple of shots of a Four Spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata) taking a well earned rest above the acidic bog on Thursley Common.

During a recent butterfly transect walk I spotted (below) this Broad-bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa) perched above the 'clay-coloured' waters of Flag Pond on Ashtead Common.

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Macro Monday 2

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

New Flutters.

A warm, sunny but windy walk across a sloping chalk downland meadow above Juniper Bottom on Monday morning produced two new sightings.

Excellent numbers of Marbled White (Melanargia galathea) flitting about so I was able to locate a few resting individuals fairly easily.

However capturing a Dark Green Fritillary (Argynnis aglaja) was far more problematical. Typically the males fly close to the ground constantly searching for a hidden female in the grasses and rarely take a rest so I had to be very, very patient and eventually caught up with the one below. 

More images to follow later this week ... see 'Friday Flutters' on my main blog. FAB.

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