Photographing butterflies is always better when they are less active. Choosing a cool summer morning was the best to photograph this Marbled White butterfly as it was still roosting on this Plantain seed head. The temperature had dropped below the dew point overnight causing the small droplets of water to form along the antennas of this individual.
Marbled White, Melanargia galathea, Worcestershire, July, 2011.
At last I’ve finally been able to point my lens at an Orange Tip butterfly. It has been driving me crazy not being able to find any butterflies. Despite the windy conditions and intermittent rain I managed to find one! Although far from ideal conditions I whittled down the blurry images to reveal a few keepers. Its amazing what weather conditions these insects go through to survive. I hope its starts to warm up soon though as I’m not sure how long butterflies survive without being able to fly and feed due to the weather.
Orange-tip butterfly, Anthocharis cardamines, Malvern Hills, Worcestershire, April, 2012
Canon 1d MkIV with Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro lens.
This image was taken a few years ago but I was absolutely delighted to see it printed large as the backdrop to the Canon stand at the London Wild Bird Watch event at the London Wetland Centre over the weekend. The image itself was around 4m x 2.5m so was fantastic to see it that large. A great pleasure and honour having my image displayed like this! Thank you Canon!!
and the actual image on the stand (taken with my IPhone!)
and a very happy me!
One of the rarer occasions when a Reed Warbler is actually on full view instead of being buried inside a deep reed bed.
Reed Warbler, Acrocephalus scirpaceus, Gailey Reservoir, Staffordshire, May, 2006.
Canon 40D with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens and Canon 1.4x II teleconverter.
Well, I’m looking at the rain pouring outside of my office window and wondering when I’m going to get the next opportunity to photograph this species. This was an Orange tip I photographed last year at a local site to me. I’ve been to the same site four times so far and had no joy in finding anything that resembles a butterfly so have came away with blank memory cards. I hope I find one soon.
Orange-tip butterfly, Anthocharis cardamines, Malvern Hills, Worcestershire, April, 2011.
Canon 1D mkIV with Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro lens.
I really like trying to get as low as possible so I am at eye level with the subject I’m photographing as it provides a more intimate image. Image 089 is an image of a Coot where I was almost at water level with the Coot… any lower and my camera would have needed to have been waterproof! The lower you can get the better!
Coot, Fulica atra, Worcestershire.
One from the archive when I was shooting on a 20D! Image 088 is of a Long tailed Tit. One of my favourite birds and one that I really need to point my lens at again.
Long tailed Tit, Aegithalos caudatus, Warwickshire, January, 2007.
Canon 20D with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.