Tuesday, 25 April 2017

A Bit Orange.

I've always struggled to get pleasing shots of Orange-tips, and due to this I had the very successful trip to West Sussex earlier in the Spring. Here, Orange-tips are more numerous as there is a lot more of the popular foodplants, Cuckoo-flower and Garlic Mustard on the roadside verges. Since that trip I have suddenly got a bit luckier locally with open wing shots and roosting shots. Today I was walking along a local path in sunny, but very cold conditions, when I came across a male Orange-tip that wasn't sure whether to roost or warm up. I managed a shot in roosting mode followed by an open wing shot. It now won't be long before this delightful species finishes for the year, but hopefully a few more will be seen over the next few weeks. Small Coppers continued to show well today. I also saw 2 Grizzled Skippers and my first Small Heath of the year.

Male Orange-tip.

Orange-tip and an Ant.

Orange-tip warming up.

It was also pleasing yesterday to see a distant Osprey that was circling near Arlington Reservoir.


  1. Hi. Within a couple of months, butterflies are flying here too. It also includes Orange-tips.

  2. I don't think there will be a single person in this universe who doesn't like butterflies, Look at these images aren't they adorable?