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.
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