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13 July, 2010

Small Copper

Small Copper

I seem to have abandoned Bushy Park recently, even though it provides great opportunities for photography and is only a short cycle from the house. Butterflies seem to be everywhere at the moment and with only one photo of Small Copper in the archive, a colourful but common species, I headed down to Bushy Park where the butterflies would be reaching their peak.

The park is made up mainly of grassland and ferns, and it's clearings like this that are ideal for butterflies, with wildflowers such as daisies making easy pickings for them...


In this particular clearing, Small Skippers were also abundant, and it didn't take long for me to find a Small Copper as it patrolled its territory. They are very territorial and this male would intercept any insect, including Small Skipper incase it was a passing male, or even better, a female.

They are very active little butterflies, and I could only get close enough for a photograph when the male sat on a vantage point (i.e. fern, grass stem) across his territory...


Or in this case, a leaf...



Meadow Pipit...


After a while, the sun's heat became a bit too much and I decided to call it a day, a bit unsatisfied with the result.

3 comments:

Bob Bushell said...

Lovely taken of the Small Copper Bill.

The Early Birder said...

Some flutters can be demanding Bill but patience usually pays off. The 1st shot looks fine to me. FAB.

Ragged Robin said...

Great butterfly photos - especially like the first.