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By tomcat    
A Swallowtail butterfly Papilio machaon taken yesterday at Strumpshaw Fen, Norfolk.

To see these flying at close quarters, is akin to seeing fairies at the bottom of the garden.

Many thanks to Matt & Julian for organising a fantastic day out.
Also thanks to the rest of the gang (Not all EPZ'ers) who's company was a delight to be in.

Hope you had a tad more success this afternoon, than we had this morning. There were patches of blue sky appearing, as I headed towards Norwich after lunchtime.

Details:-1/640;f/10;ISO 320;AP -1/3rd eV;Handheld

Tags: Butterflies Insects Wildlife Norfolk Close-up and macro Swallowtail Wildlife and nature Strumpshaw fen

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soulofharmony 7 22 1 Norfolk Island
6 Jun 2010 6:01PM
This is a beautiful capture.. colours so crisp..

Nice to met you, and thanks for the amazing company,

late afternoon here, thunder storms & a massive down pour..!
What a contrast of days..

look forward to seeing more..

Nikki x

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CarolG Plus
11 199 20 Greece
6 Jun 2010 6:05PM
A beautiful image of a beautiful butterfly. Glad to see these beauties appearing in my garden again now. Carol
Glostopcat 11 255 2 England
6 Jun 2010 6:05PM
A splendid shot of this beautiful butterfly, it must have been a real privelege to see them in the wild
andymark 7 1 England
6 Jun 2010 6:08PM
a very nice shot
Beautiful capture - well done

saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
6 Jun 2010 6:17PM
Beautiful image with superb lighting and wonderful colours and lovely detail.very well taken.
Super sharp image - beautiful. Nature at its best - natural
steve_eb Plus
9 354 8 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2010 6:29PM
Totally awesome shot...

blacky 9 4 1 England
6 Jun 2010 6:41PM
super shot detail excellent
oldgii 8 1 Canada
6 Jun 2010 6:46PM
lovely shot...well done!
Maiwand 10 3 73 England
6 Jun 2010 7:07PM
Stunning shot of the Swallowtail Adrian. Superb exposure with colours and detail just about as good as they could be.
6 Jun 2010 7:27PM
Excellent work Ade,fab detail and a great comp !!
lianna 8 13 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2010 7:46PM
a lovely capture!!! x x x
A superb image Adrian, full of womderful detail and colours.
Vince_S 8 10 England
6 Jun 2010 8:20PM
Cracking shot - super detail and colours.
Steve_S Plus
12 180 3 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2010 8:21PM
Excellent capture Adrian
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2010 8:36PM
top shot fab detail
Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2010 8:48PM
well done the swallow tail bagged..... and a beauty, thunder here so you were lucky

6 Jun 2010 8:51PM
As ever a super butterfly image, and I think I may have timed things to be #30 - congratulations!
8 10 10 England
6 Jun 2010 9:14PM
Delightful well detailed image.
fatmod 11 22 England
6 Jun 2010 9:14PM
superb shot mate
CanonMan 16 524 4 England
6 Jun 2010 9:32PM
Lovely. Think there's going to be a few of this beauty appearing over the next day or so! Smile Nice to meet you over the weekend. The mosquitos were biting this afternoon!
Silverzone 10 2 England
6 Jun 2010 9:35PM
A favourite subject of mine, beautifully captured. Sylvia
Julian 13 76 3 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2010 9:38PM
Wow what a cracker Adrian! I love the way you've captured it nectaring on the Dame's Violet. This looks like a perfect specimen.

Thanks for the kind words regarding the trip but Matt and I couldn't have made it happen without yours and all the others' valuable input and the friendship shown between everybody on the meetup.

Fond regards

EAS 8 1 13 Scotland
6 Jun 2010 11:01PM
Simply beautiful!

chase Plus
12 1.1k 246 England
7 Jun 2010 8:04AM
Nice one Adrian,a shame I couldn't make it yesterday Sad
Shroomer 10 14 167 England
7 Jun 2010 12:23PM
Cracking capture and dof Ade
mattberry 13 259 14 England
7 Jun 2010 6:35PM

Quote:To see these flying at close quarters, is akin to seeing fairies at the bottom of the garden.

I couldn't agree more Adrian!

It was lovely to meet you and I am glad you enjoyed the weekend. I certainly did too - Swallowtails (and lots more) and good company to share it with, what more could you ask for!

A good one here of the famous Strumpshaw Swallowtail and well done for getting a shot without one of the other many togs encircling it Smile

Hope to catch up with you again soon somewhere!

A superb shot of a beautiful butterfly, wow!
cameraman 14 227 1 England
7 Jun 2010 7:48PM
A pleasant surprise to 'bump' into you again at Strumpshaw Fen.
Superb shot, Adrian. And what a great feeling of achievement to bag a rarity like this within minutes of arriving at the site. It doesn't get much better.

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