My Sunday Photo – May 27th, 2018.

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“Oh, you’ve just missed one,” has been a familiar sentence for the last two years.

It seems I was always in the right place but at the wrong time to see a swallowtail butterfly – until this week.

Mark had Monday off and we went to Strumpshaw Fen where there had been reports of a swallowtail or two being ‘on the wing’. I have to say, I didn’t have much hope – especially as the sun went behind the clouds just as we arrived.

We walked to the spot where they had been sighted (and where a little cluster of photographers with huge lenses were camped) and after about a minute one flew in. Honestly, my heart soared at the sight of it – especially after the stress of last week.

We stopped long enough for me to snap a couple of photos and then carried on our walk. I was deliriously happy. Then, as we were walking along, another flew over the top of us. My shriek of delight probably scared most of the wildlife in the vicinity away.

I did spot this little one fluttering about.

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A nice man, who we had been chatting to about the butterflies, told me it was a banded demoiselle. Isn’t he stunning? Nice man showed me the photos he had taken on his camera with his big lens and the detail was mind-blowing.

Still, I’m pleased with what I snapped. I think this one might be a favourite.

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I hope you’ve had a good week. Please click on the camera below to see what other people have submitted for Darren’s My Sunday Photo link up.

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21 thoughts on “My Sunday Photo – May 27th, 2018.

  1. Wow, what a brilliant day of photography for you! I’ve never even seen a swallowtail before, let alone managed to photograph one!

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  2. HI Tara, stunning photos! The bottom image of the banded demoiselle is my favourite, and I do believe it’s actually posing for you. The name, Strumpshaw Fen, makes me smile everytime you mention it… This weekend, whilst walking the dogs in the hills, I discovered an area full of butterflies (and squealed with delight too), there were various species, but I did notice the lack of swallowtails. My guess is that whatever was attracting the others doesn’t attract them. Luckily the dogs don’t seem drawn to chasing them either.

    xx

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  3. Beautifully detailed photos. I love the first one, to get two at once is some going.

    Have a good Sunday and thank you for linking up to #MySundayPhoto

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  4. such stunning colours, at right place right time has given you some amazing pictures. . Just proves you dont need an expensive camera and big lens they have come out great with your phone. I dont get this near to dragonflies as their bite for me is quite unpleasant.

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    1. Thank you. It was on my big camera, just not as big as theirs. I don’t think I’d have got near it with my phone. I didn’t know dragonflies were biters!

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