Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Corfu pt 6 Kassiopi Harbour and Butterflies

An early start to walk down to Kassiopi harbour and go up to the castle to fly over the harbour.
the sun is facing me so there is too much glare on the water for what i want to shoot,  so only a few images taken.

                    The peninsula in the distance is where we have been the last couple of days.

                   Looking out on the small peninsula which will be good spot for sunset i think .

                                                                       Kassiopi harbour.

                            Time to head back now , Jan wants to go swimming back at Avlaki .

      A couple images to start then i will shoot some video of Jan swimming before i go bug hunting .

                                                                         Great place to swim

There are a few large Carpenter Bees feding on the yellow flowers , i have struggled to get an image of one so far as they are very fast!

Best i have managed , so tricky shooting a dark subject against a bright flowerand keeping detail in the Bee.

I have walked around to the usuall location neer the pool , managed just one shot of this pair of what i think are Wood Whites.

  Eastern Bath White  , similar to the Eastern Dappled white  i photographed earlier this week which  had yellow markings on the underside of forewings.

One of numerous Clouded Yellows flying around , want to get a blue background but this is the best i have managed!

                                                                     Habitat shot .

                                                                          A Brimstone.

                                                                    Cleopatra Brimstone.

                                           I have got beautiful backlight for this Cleopatra :)

                                    One of hundreds of Crickets/Kaytids that are everywhere .

                                                                     A tiny Miner Bee

                                                  a small chafer beetle buried in a flower  lol

Time to head back to the beach and off to dinner.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Corfu pt 5 Avlaki bay and Butterflies

We are going to Avlaki beach again , Jan is going swimming as its a hot sunny day while i will fly the drone and go on a butterfly hunt.

Its deserted here, the main season has not started  yet , i bet it will be heaving in a few weeks time!

 We have walked along the main beach and through the trees to come out in a small sheltered cove .

Time to fly !

Topdown while Jan is swimming .

The main beach and the large Pond where i will try to photograph the butterflies later over to the left side.

                Looking towards Kassiopi , the harbour is just around the headland in the distance.

                                     And towards Albania over the forest behind us.

It looks so much better with bright blue sky compared to the previous flight here couple days ago.

Time to go find some butterflies,a short walk through the Forrest track and onto the scrub around the large pond.
almost immediately i have spotted a Clouded yellow , after chasing it for a few moments it has landed on a fern frond .

This is the main flat area where there are loads of wild flowers, and i have spotted quite a few Clouded Yellows already along with Meadow Browns, Common Blues and a few species of Whites including Wood Whites but i have not seen any more of the Eastern Dappled Whites i spotted a few days ago.

                                               Hoverfly or Soldier fly     I'm not too sure

            A Skipper ,  no idea on species though ,  i always think these are Ugly butterflies  haha.

I have spotted a few of these bright red Darter Dragonflies ,  eventually managed this image, stunning colour!

The far side around the pond towards the road is flat and covered in wild flowers ,  a few Clouded Yellows are constantly flying around in the heat but not settling for very long . loads of what appear to be Brown Argus, but what has caught my eye is a small bright orange  butterfly which i have  seen glimpses of once or twice . i believe it is an Grecian Copper  , i am chasing it around for ages determined to get a shot .

                 At last , i have shot off 5 frames while it momentarily fed on a small daisy flower.

                        I didn't get a good exposure but managed to correct it from the raw file.

                                                           Grecian  Copper.  what a beauty!

                                                            And a common honey bee

                                                                      A Common Blue.

    Its boiling hot out here now , time to start heading back now .........

                                    One of numerous Small Coppers that are all over the area.

                                                                     Sleeping Miner Bee

          I caught up with another beautiful Clouded Yellow . sheltering from the increasing breeze.

Time to go now..............................


 DJI Phantom 4 pro drone
 Canon 5dsr with 100mmL macro lens