I really never thought i would ever sit and watch butterflys in "combat flight" flying 100ft in the tree tops, but having been told all about it , i just had to see what it was all about!
3 hours later, we where still watching them! arial fighting between the tree tops over a 50 m long area in the pine trees above the central clearing! i really cant describe how exciting it actually was, but i still remember it in every detail now, 2 months on! and cant wait to see it again next year.
i think this day was the influence for all the years butterfly shots
here is Gill shooting the emperors in the pine tops!
this shot was taken by Gill , taken with canon 300mm L & 500d . [better than any i got ]
after all the excitment ended in the tree tops, a number of freshly emerged red admirals "Vannesa atalanta" arrived in the clearing and started resting on the bracken fronds, one even nearly landed on Gills head! that would have made a great picture! lol
they looked amazing in prestine condition, one of uks most beautifull butterflys but so often overlooked in the search for less common more interesting species! which is a real shame as a few of our common butterflys are stunning!
shot with canon 5d2, 100mm L MACRO handheld
here is Gill shooting Vannesa which you can see on the fern frond in this 2 frame focus stacked image
and here is Her picture as shot above
many thank to Gillian for allowing me to use her images