Couldn’t resist any longer. I dusted down the old D3100 and we went for a day out to Pensthorpe Natural Park near Fakenham, Norfolk. This is a collection of flooded gravel pits that have been transformed into a wildlife haven. Here you can see native waterfowl mingling with those from around the world, bit like a zoo I suppose but there is a serious conservation side with rare, endangered species being bred for release.
I was going to post some images of the water birds, but they are captive and not difficult to photograph. Wandering around in glorious warm sunshine I noticed good numbers of butterflies, hello my beauties, smile please I’ve missed you!
The Comma (Polygonia c-album) is often one of the first butterflies you see, and also one of the last. These later generation in autumn will feed on ripe fruit then hibernate through the winter. The one above was so engrossed in a blackberry it didn’t mind the macro lens only a few inches away!
I was amazed to see so many Small Coppers (Lycaena phlaeas) gorgeous little butterflies with a wing span of 26-36mm (1 – 11/2 inches). These were so fresh they must be a third generation. The one above is of the form Punctata with blue metallic spots on the lower hind wing.
Interesting using the old camera body again, I must say not as easy, it takes longer to change settings and the moment could be lost. The quality is also not quite as good with only half the megapixels and a smaller sensor but I like these images.