Swallowtail (Papilio machaon britannicus)

by Bob Chappell December. 27, 2020 191 views
Swallowtail (Papilio machaon britannicus), RSPB Strumpshaw Fen (Norfolk), May 2018

Swallowtail (Papilio machaon britannicus), RSPB Strumpshaw Fen (Norfolk), May 2018

In wildlife photography I think patience, perseverance and practice eventually lead to success. However there is another factor that plays a part - local knowledge - being in the right place at the right time.

We had visited Strumpshaw Fen on previous occasions without siting the magnificent swallowtail butterfly, this time someone provided the advice I needed - 'go round the corner past the hide' - and in doing so I found this beautiful specimen perched on top of a bush, waiting to be photographed. Its height on the bush made it difficult to get a full wings-open image, but by standing on tiptoes I eventually got a good burst of shots, including this one.

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Adrian Morris 2 months, 1 week ago

Great pic. Sharp from wing tip to wingtip.

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Colin Massey 2 months, 1 week ago

Outstanding shot and specimen, worth your patience

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Robin Fuller 2 months, 1 week ago

Fantastic photo of a very beautiful butterfly, a species I would love to see. Will be in Norfolk in summer 2021. Here's hoping. Robin

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