Friday, April 23, 2010

Giant Swallowtail Study

The Giant Swallowtail Butterfly is much more common down here than up in Northern NY, but it is just as exciting to see here as it was there. My first one showed up yesterday.He was a flighty big guy.Swishing around the garden was his thing!I think the Giant Swallowtail is one of my favorites!
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21 comments:

Kerry Hawkins said...

this is so cool. You have really captured this butterfly

Steve Borichevsky said...

Twitch little guys, eh? I can tell that you had just too much fun (if that is possible) shooting these. :)

bobskoot said...

Eve:

How did you get these photos without scaring the butterfly away ? I thought the noise from the motorcycle would have scared it away, or did you park farther away ?

did you know you only have HALF the miles as Kari ?

bob
Wet Coast Scootin

Eve said...

Thanks Kerry!

Thanks Steve...I did! I've learned to embrace the flitter!!

Yes Bob!! I'm trying to work on the miles thing!! Don't rub it in!! hahahaha!

Bird Girl said...

Wish I knew how to ID butterflies - I didn't even know there WAS a giant swallowtail - how lovely on those dainty flowers! It isn't easy tracking a butterfly with the camera - good job!
I love you too, Evie! Thanks for the surprise 'plug' ;-)

Leeloo said...

Those are all great captures Eve :) I love how we can see how much the wings were moving.

Roy said...

Wow Evie, this is such a beautiful butterfly and fabulous photos you have taken.

~Kim~ said...

I'm so jealous of your pictures--They really are great!!! I saw a Swallowtail last weekend that I chased around and could never get it to sit still for a moment--Like me, it was on a mission!! Enjoy your weekend!!!

The Early Birder said...

Beautiful flutter Eve are far more colourful than anything I saw today FAB.

Tina said...

What a lovely series of photo...I am so enjoying everyone's spring captures..like big gulps of fresh air!!

Rural Rambler said...

He is a beautiful Swallowtail Evis. I like the idea of him swishing around the gardens of Sunny Side Up :) I checked out My Bird Tales. Cool blog. We saw our first Hummer today at the Columbine during lunch on the porch :)

farmlady said...

Aren't butterflies beautiful? Such color and form. We don't see Swallowtails here but we have others. I will pay more attention because of your post. Thanks.

bluekat said...

So pretty!
And the background of flowers is perfect!

Daniel Spurgeon said...

Hi Eve! It looks like this beautiful butterfly didn't want to pose for you! I'm glad that you perservered though and got some great shots!

irondad said...

Did you set the shutter speed on purpose to show some motion or did it just work out that way? The wing blur adds a lot to the shots.

Right now I'm at the point where it's a happy accident if I capture that!

Eve said...

Thanks Dan,
I usually keep my camera set on AV and it's usually on around f/5.6. (unless I'm really wanting to get something specific) I really didn't take the time to set it...I just wanted to get picture before it took off. These photos were taken at f/6.3 at 1/125sec. ISO was 400. I like the way they came out, even tho they arent perfect. Glad you like them too. The really blurry one was a combo of him moving and me moving.

Mary said...

These are great! I haven't seen too many butterflies yet except the sulphurs and white ones. It looks beautiful in those flowers.

Dog Trot Farm said...

Eve the photos of the Swallowtail are beautiful. One needs to have a lot of patiences to capture these great shots, I lack in that department. I'm sorry, foxes are evil, beautiful to look at, but evil. Just ask Gladys!

Yvonne aka Country Gardener said...

Love your swallowtail pictures. Good work!

Thyra said...

How beautiful it is this Giant Swallowtail. We rarely see the swallowtail in Denmark, only very few reports each year, it has disappeared as a breeding butterfly here - and is now only a wanderer in warm weather and east wind. I have always wanted to see one. Beautiful photos. Thank you.
Kind regards and have a nice week-end
Thyra `:)

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

One of my FAV butterflies!