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Gatekeepers Two.

By Niknut
After a crazy 10 minutes or so waiting for these very 'flitty' two 'Gatekeepers to settle, I managed to get about 4 shots of 'em, before they
were off again.......I don't know how people have got the patience for much of this, after some 15 minutes I gave least I was pleased
with what I had got, 'cos they're beautiful little creatures !

This little patch of Ragwort was alive with bees & hoverflies, & one little 'Blue' butterfly that refused to settle, which was frustrating..................

Many thanks for all your lovely comments & votes for 'Summers Yield'........I had high hopes for it, & you didn't loose me down.....Ta, muchly !!!!

Something along similar lines appearing soon ??????

Cheers all....Nn.

Tags: Close-up and macro Butterflies wildlife nature

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17 Aug 2011 4:18PM
Great macro!

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17 Aug 2011 4:21PM
Beautiful capture!
17 Aug 2011 4:33PM
What a smashing image, lovely colour and detail.

Mike_Young Plus
11 12 9 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2011 4:36PM
Splendid shot
17 Aug 2011 4:38PM
Great shot
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
17 Aug 2011 4:57PM
Hi Keith
A pair of crackers mate, had one myself today, do not know the result yet not downloaded them.


User_Removed 8 48 1 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2011 5:09PM
Super capture Keith.
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2011 5:12PM
Well done Keith; I know exactly what you mean. Great capture. Smile
CaroleS Plus
7 433 3 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2011 5:22PM
They are exceedingly quick and you have a splendid capture here - composition is superb. Carole
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
17 Aug 2011 5:23PM
Despite being fairly common, they're flighty little beggars and devilishly hard to get good images of......So to get two in the same image is darn well pretty good mate!!!

marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2011 5:27PM
I wouldcsuggest it was worth a wait twice as long. A beautiful image
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
17 Aug 2011 5:27PM
beautiful double capture, gatekeeper are fast little sods to get!
and what can I say, the flowers are so pretty,too
john_starkey 7 2 3 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2011 5:34PM
As some have already mentioned two of these together is pretty good,

RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
17 Aug 2011 5:45PM
Very well done, Keith: you have managed to get both in focus. A lovely shot.
17 Aug 2011 6:18PM
Great capture with great detail & colours, nice one!
fazzer 8 54 7 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2011 6:31PM
great shot love the colours
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
17 Aug 2011 7:18PM
This is so wonderful as a picture, two , settled on sympathetically colored flowers--- Like!
JackieB 7 18 3 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2011 7:20PM
A first class image....well done

17 Aug 2011 7:34PM
Lovely capture! It's amazing just how many butterflies, flies and insects are attracted to the Ragwort plant. These Gatekeepers obviously couldn't resist it. Well worth the wait!

17 Aug 2011 8:41PM
Well done for getting two in one shot! Butterflies are so beautiful but they are all flighty at some point and it gets darned annoying at times - but patience? nah couple of minutes or thats it find something else!! Grin Lou
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
17 Aug 2011 8:46PM
This is very beautiful and two of them on the colourful daisies. Excellent colour, light and detail..........Sandy
Devon_Wild 7 8 1 England
17 Aug 2011 8:51PM
Super colourful capture, well worth the wait .....................Rob
17 Aug 2011 9:28PM
A lovely shot lots of colour not easy are they
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2011 10:11PM
top shot - love it
17 Aug 2011 11:01PM
Yes i would be pleased as well excellent .
They do like this flower I've noticed but never managed to capture the great detail here, nice find and worth the wait.

BarbaraR 11 17 1 England
18 Aug 2011 8:46AM
Well you did do well.
The two have posed perfectly, head on and
side view.
Lovely sharp capture and the tones of orangey-brown
and yellow look so well together.
I know what you mean re. the patience..
I've taken 100's of Red Admiral shots in the
last few days trying to get a worthy one !

Anna62 7 1 Australia
18 Aug 2011 10:58AM
Keith, this image is spectacular. The colours of the butterflies combined with the flowers makes this a real winner. Very well taken Smile
helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
18 Aug 2011 12:18PM
Well done with this pair- beautiful colours and clarity Smile
gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
18 Aug 2011 4:36PM
You should not get bored for at least an hour then you will be as sad as me, a great shot. - gary
User_Removed 9 26 2 United States
18 Aug 2011 4:49PM
I admire your patience but it paid off - a really gorgeous shot! I love the two little white spots in the black circles. Beautiful colors.
Niknut Plus
8 1.8k 76 United Kingdom
18 Aug 2011 5:31PM
Thanks everyone for the favourable feedback.....glad you like it !

I'm slowly getting to grips with close-up/macro shots.....but getting good shots of butterflies is so frustrating, when they're so timid, & almost guaranteed to fly off
just as I get the blighters in focus, so lots of rejects........good fun though !....& at my age I need every bit of that I can get !.WinkGrinGrinGrin
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
18 Aug 2011 7:16PM
Well worth the wait. Excellent shot.
19 Aug 2011 11:05AM
Excellent capture,
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2011 6:14PM
So beautifully captured, and sharp
barmymarny 8 1 1 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2011 7:29PM
Buy one, get one free Wink Superb capture.

Marilyn x
Mike_S 6 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2011 6:13PM
What a lovely shot. Thanks for tripod comment - so nice.
20 Aug 2011 8:33PM
A cracking shot!!!!!!!!! Superb picture Smile
tonyng 8 10 2 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2011 9:47PM
Two for the price of one. Beautiful shot.
PaulLiley 8 2 13 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2011 6:35PM
Stunning detail and the compo and timing is excellent. paul
JustDucky 7 8 Canada
22 Aug 2011 9:12PM
excellent detail, lucky you toget 2 at once - superb capture Keith
Delbon 10 4 England
24 Aug 2011 9:12PM
Cracking shot and composition - excellent

CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
28 Aug 2011 4:38PM
Wow! A superb capture. Carol
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
29 Aug 2011 1:22PM
A brilliant double capture, I like the colours and composition very much. These small butterflies are not the easiest to photograph, particularly with open wings
viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
11 Sep 2011 12:00PM
Beautiful colours and composition here.

8 Jan 2016 2:19AM
beautiful! well done Keith SmileSmile
Niknut Plus
8 1.8k 76 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2016 4:29PM
Thanks a lot ErNiE for your UA !!!!......your very generous !!.Grin

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