Pesky Butterflies

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Rick N
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Pesky Butterflies

Out chasing some birds today and kept getting annoyed by these pesky fluttering things.

Thought I may as well take some photos for Shoopsmiley(Geez, I thought birds were hard, these are diabolical!)

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As my eyes get older Im finding these little blighters more and more annoying ,I used to have 20 10 vision and could see things at distance better than most ,now I have to watch for movement and thats where these guys come in there everywhere fluttering away makes it hard to spot small birds untill they've already seen me ,my wife thinks there beautiful and runs off takeing photos of them further alerting the birds to our presence. Grrrr !

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I'd say the Lantana is far peskier than the Wanderer butterfly, Rick.

Rick N
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This really shows the dangers of internet communicationssmiley

My "pesky" comment was very much tongue in cheek as in fact I really liked to see them feeding.

We sometimes expect that people reading our posts know our sense of humour, this can cause some confusion at times.


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No worries, Rick.  My tongue was partly in my cheek.

Annie W
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Right up there for diabolicalness with Dragonflies Rick!  Gorgeous little devils though, aren't they.

West Coast Tasmania

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Oh Rick aren't they just delightfulheart...Wow your photos are amazing, that second one in flight is a beautyyes . I have been out trying to get a few more shots of butterflies myself, all I could find on the weekend was female Common Browns... OMG talk about impossible to photograph.

For one you never see them until they are fluttering right there in front of you and then their flight pattern is so erractic normally on an incline. Then just when you have locked your eyes on it and finally it lands you have no hope of

A: finding it camoflaged in leaf litter or

B: getting your focus fast enough to get a photo with its wings open as they almost automatically close them once they have landed.

Will have to post some of the shots I got ( but they aren't that great ) sad

Enjoy those beautiful beauties Rick while you can, and remember to keep sharing your wonderful photos too. Thanks smiley

Kerry - Perth, Western Australia.

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Shoop, They are very difficult to photograph in their natural state and you can waste a lot of time trying.

I once read an article about a company called Oxford Scientific Films which explained how they managed to produce some of their award winning documentries. They actually captured some of the insects or butterflies and put them into a glass aquarium with all the food or plants that they were normally found amongst and then filmed/photographed them indoors.

One thing I have found when taking a photograph of something so small is that the slightest breath of wind can put the subject out of focus usually just as you are about to press the shutter release or a cloud passes and takes all your light away. That doesn't happen in a controlled laboratory and when you have finished just release them back to where you found them.

Samford Valley Qld.

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