Happily Ever After

Life in The Rural Retreat with a beautiful wife, three cats, garden wildlife, a camera, a computer – and increasing amounts about running

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The Voyage Of The Admiral

by admin - 15:32 on 25 August 2014

Lack of patience is one of several reasons why I'll never be an ace wildlife snapper, but it paid off today.

Yesterday I was able to get a Red Admiral in front of the Pentax for the first time. Although the distance was too great, and the sharpness too dull, I was tempted to add it to my butterfly collection because it was the only example I had. I resisted.

Today began warm and sunny before becoming hot and sunny. Just right. I patrolled the usual local butterfly haunts, finding a plethora of Peacocks and a scattering of Speckled Woods and unidentifiable Whites (too fast, too far) but the only Red Admiral sped past and away without settling.

I tried again later and struck lucky in a patch of thistles where a huge Admiral sipped nectar, not bothered by the lens which watched it flit from head to head. At one point it even took a short rest on the lens hood.

Red Admiral 1

Red Admiral 2     Red Admiral 3

So my butterfly collection now numbers seven, which I'm told is not bad for these here parts. If I'm ever able to sort out the Whites, and catch the Orange Tips I see earlier in the year, I might just make double figures.

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