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Near Miss Swallowtail

Near Miss Swallowtail
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Copyright: Robert Brown (Robbrown) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1184 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: SONY DSC F-707
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-07-05 14:05
Viewed: 4478
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A real near miss as I chased this one across a steep mountain slope at 2102m on the side of Crap Da Flem Flimserstein (the name I got off the tourist map to the area I picked up in the ski lift).
This is one of only 3 Swallowtails I saw in the 2 weeks we were in Switzerland, one was dead and the kids brought to show me, and the other I saw from a car window as we went down a tight mountain road to veiw the River Rhine in the bottom of its canyone. This one flew passed us as we where about to stop for lunch and settled down mountain from use so off I went carefully got to it got the camera lined up, and focused on the partly open wings, pressed the shutter home and this is what I got as it vanished down mountain fast, never to be seen again :0((( Oh Well you cannt win them all.It was good to even see one this close.
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Hi Robert, I sympathise with your frustration on this one. It's amazing the uncanny way subjects know when someone is pointing a camera at them. I think the whole of wildlife is camera shy. I'd love a shot of a swallowtail myself (or even just to see one). I have hopes of Norfolk next week but think I may be too late in the season :( . It's a near miss but its a beautiful near miss, TFS :)

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