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A Grayling Hipparchia semele, taken early doors Thursday morning, on the east Norfolk coast
A first for me and probably the most difficult butterfly I have tried to photographSmile

I never went looking for them, they sort of found me by accident, while I was having a short amble in the dunes earlier in the week, no more than a 100 metres from the sea
Arrived Thursday morning to a blood-red sun and this one duly obliged

So pleased the forecast was totally wrong for the area - we had glorious weather all week, apart from a few hours rain on the Wednesday morning

Plenty of catching up to do ASAP, but it is also our Dan's 18th, so will be popping in and out whenever possible


Tags: Butterflies Insects Norfolk Coast Browns Grayling Wildlife and nature

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9 Aug 2014 7:44PM
Excellent capture in great clarity and beautifully presented, Adrian.

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KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
9 Aug 2014 7:46PM
A brilliant capture - you were lucky it was perched up from the ground!

I've only ever seen one too, several years ago at Castle Drogo (on Dartmoor).
Good one Mr K! Glad you had a good week - 'appy burfday to Dan! Catch up soon! Lou
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
9 Aug 2014 7:50PM
Beautiful harmonic colors--- He has very strange (disturbing) eyes!
9 Aug 2014 7:55PM
A beauty Adrian, lovely light, nice detail,
ade123 Plus
5 285 1 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2014 7:55PM
A real stunner to come back with Adrian glad you had a great week and you best get the beers in
For the birthday

CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
9 Aug 2014 7:57PM
A great find and capture, Adrian, glad to hear the weather was good to you Smile Close on 40C here most days Smile Carol
ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2014 7:59PM
Great image Adrian ,

ABPhotosUK 5 23 1 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2014 8:01PM
A great find Adrian and well done pinning it down in your usual magical style!! Andy
JohnoP 12 2
9 Aug 2014 8:19PM
Sounds like you are made up Adrian! Smile Fabulous work...good to see you back! Wink John
DonMc 9 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2014 8:20PM
Hello Adrian, I have never seen one of these before. Thank you for sharing this image!Smile
Regards Don
Trev_B 11 151 68 England
9 Aug 2014 8:35PM
Well done Ade, remarkable clarity and a super background.

Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2014 8:57PM
Congratulation son your new find - on a matching plant nonetheless!
Kate GrinGrinGrin
Glad you've had a good week and enjoy the birthday celebrationsGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

Makes me feel really good when I get a ''first'' sure you feel the same..

Excellent capture glad it found you..WinkWinkWinkWinkWinkWinkWinkWinkWinkWinkWinkWinkWinkWinkWink
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
9 Aug 2014 9:30PM
Persistence pays off with this new find: and very nicely captured it is too, Adrian.
An outstanding image, Adrian. Great light & detail.

Amazing shot Adrian. Glad you had a great holiday. Enjoy the celebrations. Cathy
TonyDy Plus
9 10 3 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2014 10:02PM
Golden light on this golden shot, Adrian.
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
9 Aug 2014 10:11PM
You've caught this elusive master of cameouflage in some wonderful early morning light Adie, no wonder you are happy as larryGrin
ColleenA Plus
5 362 6 Australia
10 Aug 2014 6:38AM
Wow....impressive photography
viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2014 8:31AM
Wonderful light and detail.

Maiwand 11 3 73 England
10 Aug 2014 9:35AM
Looks like you managed to get the very best of this one Adrian. Excellent shot.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
10 Aug 2014 10:49AM
Definatley worth the wait, a real beauty and the matching plant too. it really is excellent

Patty GrinGrinGrin
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
10 Aug 2014 2:05PM
Great shot Adrian, lovely detail and light controlled so well,
10 Aug 2014 4:29PM
A beautiful capture Adrian, glad to hear you had a good holiday.

Enjoy the birthday celebrations!

Jenny Smile
johnjo58 7 2 5 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2014 7:22PM
Top draw work Adrian

12 Aug 2014 2:02PM
Beautifully captured pin sharp detailed imageSmileSmileSmilepaul

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