January February March April May June July August September October November December
Butterfly Safari ,France 2016.
Now for some high altitude species,Queyras national park was chosen, base camp at Chateaux de Queyras,a steady climb up the Col d'Agnell for a recommended location,what an amazing sight to see so many species at the side of the torrent puddling for salts, my target species the Glandon Blue was easily spotted along with several more new species that I had not previously seen, a Female Small Apollo laying eggs was spotted,a merry chase ensued finally with a few shots taken she flew out of reach to continue her duty to the species.
I now decided to return to the Champsaur by way of the Col d`Izoard and overnight at Briançon it was a tortuous nerve racking journey driving a Camping car,it was rewarded at the Summit by another two ticks, Cynthia's Fritillary and a False Heath Fritillary,this helped to calm the nerves ready for the descent to Briançon.
Now back at St Bonnet en Chamsaur again to test Lady Luck , she did not disappoint presenting an unexpected meeting with the magnificent Poplar Admiral couldn't believe my luck as I watched this superb butterfly enjoying a "meal" of a dead snail !!!!
It was time make our return to the UK ,one last stop on the homeward journey,St -Bonnet-Troncais, Allier,stopping at a favorite campsite and Butterfly location ,would the Large -checkered -Skippers be waiting ? ,
yep a group of these delightful little Butterflies were unexpectedly gathered around a damp patch puddling,once again an unexpected photo opportunity.
Now it was time to finish the homeward journey and start the laborious task of processing some 3,000 odd photos,Oh and of course commence planning the next Butterfly Safari.
View the complete folder here.http://jamesgibbs6929.zenfolio.com/f356540084
The butterfly, the ant, and a plant.
April 12, 2020
The Alcon blue is indeed a rare butterfly, it took me considerable amount of effort to track down, the dark female was the only one seen on my first visit to a protected...Read the Full Post »
A needle in a haystack
April 11, 2020
A needle in a haystack Certain butterflies for some reason I can't explain have captured my imagination, the Violet copper is one, when I first became aware of this litt...Read the Full Post »
Loire -Atlantique ,France.
October 14, 2018
A Spring trip to Loire -Atlantique,France. 23rd April to 6th May. This was to be a visit to look for two species, the spring version of the Map (butterfly) and the Camb...Read the Full Post »
October 06, 2018
September being a good month for the second brood Pashas, plans were made to visit the wilds of Catalonia in the hopes of finding my first Pasha,after a long drive throug...Read the Full Post »
December 29, 2017
My this years target species was Papilio alexanor, most comment read on the internet suggested that I was facing a challenging task but as sometimes happens lady luck off...Read the Full Post »
« Older Posts
© James Gibbs