Friday, 21 August 2015

Small Heath.

One of our smallest and an inconspicuous butterfly is the Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus) which always settles with its wings closed.

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Monday, 10 August 2015

Orthetrum coerulescens.

ISO 400: f/10: 1/200 @ 200mm
Keeled Skimmer (Orthetrum coerulescens). Images of both a male (above) and female (below) taken during a visit to Thursley Common last month. [Both shot handheld with 70-300mm lens plus 1.4x converter and cropped.]

ISO 200: f/10: 1/320 @ 280mm
You can view more images of this species on my main blog, Wildlife Watching with FAB.

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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.