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Evening Brown

Evening Brown
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax K100D Super, Sigma 70-300 DG Macro, Digital ISO-400, Matin 58mm UV
Exposure: f/8, 1/90 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of Australia [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-08-09 3:24
Viewed: 3499
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another butterfly from our recent trip to Padminka Nature Reserve, this time an Evening Brown (Melanitis leda) a member of the Satyrinae. I had taken several shot of one of these resting on the dead leave of the woodland floor, but the in that composition it was almost impossible to see. Luckily when we disturbed this one, it landed on a green frond allowing several shots before disappearing into the understorey.
As its name suggests, this species is primarily active at dusk and dawn, preferring to hide amongst the leaf litter during the bulk of the day, they are sometimes active in the early night as well.
They are distributed along the east coast from Cape York south to near Sydney, preferring any wooded areas, especially near watercourses. There are also found in parts of the Northern Territory. Their primarily tropical distribution allows them to breed throughout the year, though the wet season form looks different to the dry season illustrated here. During the wet, individuals are more orange underneath and have clearly defined eyespots.
They are reasonably large with a wingspan of 65mm and fly with a powerful bouncy flight along paths and small watercourses.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-08-09 4:17]

hi chris,
nice to see evening brown from your shores. good composition in relatively clear backgroud.
may be in couple of days i will post one species from here (India) for you. your notes are useful too. tfs.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-08-09 4:36]

Hello Chris,
... I will immediately capture this Evening Brown for the Theme on Satyrinae.
The butterfly stands out very clearly and is shown with great sharpness.
Composition including background designe is very attractive.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-08-09 6:24]

Hello Chris,
Excelent capture of this Leaf butterfly showing clearly how camouflaged it is to look like a withered leaf. Great details and fine natural colours. A very nice background and composition too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

hi Chris,
interesting post of this beauty Satyrinae
excellent sharpness and great BG

best sERGIO

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-08-09 9:51]

Hello Chris,
I've seen Evening Browns on the Tablelands but they have always been too shaded to take a picture. Lucky that you could disturb it to allow itself to be photographed which you did well with fine sharpness and a good POV.
TFS this fine image and for your kind words on my second TN anniversary.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-08-09 9:53]

Hi Chris.
Amazing specimen of butterflies and perfect direct POV and composition of the image. You have reflected all attractive features of the insect superbly. I also am impressed with fantastic BG. Its colouration and smoothness are wonderful. My kind regards and TFS.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-08-10 2:33]

Hello Chris, good shot and it seems that the butterfly is nearing the old age as the wings seem to be getting damaged. Well done Ganesh

Hello Chris,
On a very green BG this butterfly stands out very clearly, very good focus gives sharp details on the wing
Well done

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-08-10 9:45]

Hi Chris!

Well, yes, this is definitelly brown butterfly :-) Very interesting shape and patterns on wings. Well composed with green BG. Good note - we also have got few species active at dusk and hiding in grass - they're really hard to catch, so congratulations for this trophy my friend!

Hello Chris,

Splendid capture of this butterfly. Superb composition. Excellent sharpness. Beautiful colours. I like the bacground with the grass which looks like an explosion of green firework.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-08-18 20:11]

Hi Chris,
Great image of this Evening Brown with such wonderful colour tones and details on its wings. Nice pose captured with neat focus and skillful handling of light. This looks like an old species but it has retained its charm. Excellent POV and DOF. Thanks for sharing this majestic shot.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-08-25 4:07]

Hi Chris,wonderfull close up of this btterfly,excellents details and perfect colors,the point of view make a difference,great shot,my best compliments,have a nice week,Luciano

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