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Crazy but true, I visited the WWT Reserve at Welney last Thursday 22nd December and was really taken aback to see this Peacock Butterfly taking advantage of the winter sunshine. It did settle very briefly and I was able to take this photograph. No doubt it was confused by the sudden uplift in temperature that day and thought that Spring had arrived but I expect the experts will say that it is another sign of climate change!

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 40D
Lens:Canon 70-300mm IS USM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:22 Dec 2011 - 2:16 PM
Focal Length:300mm
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/320sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Title:Christmas Butterfly
Username:fentiger fentiger
Uploaded:28 Dec 2011 - 5:39 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Peacock butterfly, Welney, Wildlife / nature, Wwt
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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8147 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
28 Dec 2011 - 5:51 PM

Very well spotted and captured, Albert, I was seeing red admiralsin the garden until a couple of days ago. Carol

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64840 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
28 Dec 2011 - 5:58 PM

What a beauty. Poor things must be so confused though.
Chris

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saeidNL
saeidNL e2 Member 5saeidNL vcard Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
28 Dec 2011 - 5:59 PM

Superb close up capture well done .
saeid

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
28 Dec 2011 - 6:18 PM

A good capture

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8247 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
28 Dec 2011 - 6:49 PM

A superb shot of this peacock butterfly, excellent detail and colours. I haven't seen a butterfly for a couple of months now

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
28 Dec 2011 - 7:36 PM

A good close-up............Sandy

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Jodyw17
Jodyw17 e2 Member 4Jodyw17 vcard United Kingdom
28 Dec 2011 - 7:38 PM

cracking close up, well captured

Jody

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom99 Constructive Critique Points
28 Dec 2011 - 9:15 PM

"Theirs not to reason why, theirs just to do or die."

Don't question it, just appreciate this lovely opportunity, well taken.

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
28 Dec 2011 - 11:01 PM

Wonderful light here Albert.
Great colours too.
Super shot.
Mick.

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AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 7618 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States43 Constructive Critique Points
30 Dec 2011 - 4:31 PM

These are indeed lovely butterflies Albert. I've seen a few yellows here in my yard this week, but alas, there are no plants for them to nectar on so I doubt they will live long. I have put out a Gatorade mix in a bowl with a sponge so they can dine - hopefully they will find the mix.

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and I wish you and yours the best for 2012.

Anne

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
30 Dec 2011 - 7:28 PM

How amazing at this time of the year Albert - hope you have had a great Christmas and best wishes for 2012
Helen

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Mavis
Mavis e2 Member 12143 forum postsMavis vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
31 Dec 2011 - 10:00 AM

A great shot Albert . I noticed one flying around the Church while I was staying in Cambridge . It settled on a high ,Sunny windowsill xx Sad

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MickyMc
MickyMc e2 Member 7MickyMc vcard United Kingdom
31 Dec 2011 - 10:52 AM

Gosh what a wonderful find.
Have a wonderful New Year and Thank you for all your support.
Mavis

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Rende
Rende e2 Member 737 forum postsRende vcard Netherlands4 Constructive Critique Points
31 Dec 2011 - 11:44 AM

It must have sipped some anti-freeze Wink Lovely and unusual capture for the time of the year.
Happy New Year Albert!
Rende

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3188 forum postsannettep38 vcard France32 Constructive Critique Points
31 Dec 2011 - 11:46 AM

an amazing find! nature is really out of tune this year. It is the 31st of December and it is +11 here!

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imagio
imagio e2 Member 8imagio vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
31 Dec 2011 - 1:23 PM

Fab colours Albert, unusual for this time of year..

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Brian65
Brian65 e2 Member 5Brian65 vcard United Kingdom
31 Dec 2011 - 2:57 PM

Well spotted and taken Albert. Happy New Year to you.
Brian

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31 Dec 2011 - 4:30 PM

Happy New Year Smile

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JudeC
JudeC e2 Member 7JudeC vcard England3 Constructive Critique Points
31 Dec 2011 - 5:26 PM

Happy New Year Albert.

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Suehh
Suehh e2 Member 739 forum postsSuehh vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
31 Dec 2011 - 6:50 PM

Good heavens! I knew nature was all topsy turvey this winter but this is astounding! You must have got all excited to see a peacock in December.

Lovely interesting image Albert.

Wishing you a very happy and fulfilled 2012 and thank you so much for all the support and kindness you have shown me -- well since I joined the site really. You gave me my first UA - and I was so excited and pleased - I will never forget how happy and proud you made me feel.

Sue

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Mike_S
Mike_S e2 Member 3Mike_S vcard United Kingdom
31 Dec 2011 - 7:36 PM

A great image Albert - not one we associate with christmas - amazing.
Best wishes for 2012.
Mike.

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31 Dec 2011 - 9:01 PM

HAPPY NEW YEAR ALBERT XXX

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