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Christmas Butterfly

By fentiger    
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!


Tags: Close-up and macro Wwt Peacock butterfly Welney Wildlife and nature

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CarolG Plus
10 198 19 Greece
28 Dec 2011 5:51PM
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 Plus
8 6.6k 29 England
28 Dec 2011 5:58PM
What a beauty. Poor things must be so confused though.
Chris
saeidNL 7 3 Netherlands
28 Dec 2011 5:59PM
Superb close up capture well done .
saeid
28 Dec 2011 6:18PM
A good capture
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
28 Dec 2011 6:49PM
A superb shot of this peacock butterfly, excellent detail and colours. I haven't seen a butterfly for a couple of months now
Daisymaye Plus
8 23 10 Canada
28 Dec 2011 7:36PM
A good close-up............Sandy
cracking close up, well captured

Jody
LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2011 9:15PM
"Theirs not to reason why, theirs just to do or die."

Don't question it, just appreciate this lovely opportunity, well taken.
mikbee 9 3 8 Scotland
28 Dec 2011 11:01PM
Wonderful light here Albert.
Great colours too.
Super shot.
Mick.
AnneWorner 9 620 43 United States
30 Dec 2011 4:31PM
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
helenlinda Plus
9 344 22 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2011 7:28PM
How amazing at this time of the year Albert - hope you have had a great Christmas and best wishes for 2012
Helen
Mavis Plus
14 143 2 England
31 Dec 2011 10:00AM
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
MickyMc 9 8 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2011 10:52AM
Gosh what a wonderful find.
Have a wonderful New Year and Thank you for all your support.
Mavis
Rende Plus
9 38 4 Netherlands
31 Dec 2011 11:44AM
It must have sipped some anti-freeze Wink Lovely and unusual capture for the time of the year.
Happy New Year Albert!
Rende
annettep38 Plus
5 218 40 Costa Rica
31 Dec 2011 11:46AM
an amazing find! nature is really out of tune this year. It is the 31st of December and it is +11 here!
imagio 10 12 1 England
31 Dec 2011 1:23PM
Fab colours Albert, unusual for this time of year..
Brian65 7 2 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2011 2:57PM
Well spotted and taken Albert. Happy New Year to you.
Brian
31 Dec 2011 4:30PM
Happy New Year Smile
JudeC 9 6 3 England
31 Dec 2011 5:26PM
Happy New Year Albert.
Suehh 9 39 6 England
31 Dec 2011 6:50PM
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
Mike_S 5 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2011 7:36PM
A great image Albert - not one we associate with christmas - amazing.
Best wishes for 2012.
Mike.
barmymarny 6 1 1 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2011 9:01PM
HAPPY NEW YEAR ALBERT XXX

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