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Swordgrass Brown

Swordgrass 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: 2006-02-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot S2-IS, Canon 12x zoom 36-432mm equivalent
Exposure: f/4, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Invertebrates & Fungi of the Sydney region., Butterflies of Australia, Australian Butterflies 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-03-01 5:10
Viewed: 5672
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A Swordgrass Brown (Tisiphone abeona) a locally common species that occurs through coastal south-eastern Australia with six subspecies, this one (T.s.albifascia) which is paler than the nominate subspecies. Males have a wingspan of 52mm and females 59mm.
According to Braby (2004) there are two generation per year in with most adults being found between Sept-Nov and Feb-April, though in some areas one generation appears from Oct-Feb. This one taken in early Feb and looks pretty battle-worn, so I suspect he is one of the mid-summer generation
The occur in a wide variety of habitats from rainforest through eucalypt forests to coastal heaths and paperbark swamps.
Their common name is derived from the preferred larval food plants of the genus Gahnia which are collectively known as swordgrasses.

Info from Braby MF 2004. Complete Field Guide to Butterflies of Australia.

AndyB, wallhalla15, scottevers7, limier, phlr, coasties, Dando, livios, red45, fiyo has marked this note useful
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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-03-01 5:14]
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Hello Chris,
This one looks like hes been in a fight or two.
Its a nice capture.
A very good POV and diagonal composition,nice sharp detail and good DOF.
Great shot.


Beautilful butterfly picture Chris. Very good colors, great DOF and very sharpness. Good informative note too. This is great composition. Thank you for posting.

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2006-03-01 5:54]
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Very nice and interesting butterfly Chris. Nice composition, details and beautiful colors.

Hi Chris,
An excellent shot on this battle worn butterfly. The light was nice and soft here, and this has given some great colors. Detail, composition and framing of this look great. He looks like his best days have passed.


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  • limier Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 258 W: 14 N: 235] (1055)
  • [2006-03-01 7:42]
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Hi Chris
Not only 2 but six eyes.Like the colors and the time that you shot.I'm also jealous because all of you old members knew so much about all these insects and your notes are full of usefull informations.
A photo...a lesson!
Thank you

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-03-01 7:45]

Very beautiful buterfly!
So manye "eyes" it has!
Very good POV with wings wide open!
Beautiful on colours!
Very good BG!
Good on details too!

Hi Chris.
a nice picure with nice colours and good details.
This butterfly has seen better days but it's a still a beauty.
Well composed and good DOF.
Well done.

Hi Chris

This shot works well. Nice composition, great POV. I like the colours and the clarity is excellent. Nice work. TFS. :-)

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-03-01 13:57]
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Hi Chris,
Very nice macro shot!
Great composition and very sharp details,
the colours are excellent and the DOF also works very well.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-03-01 16:12]
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Hi Chris, great composition with beautiful colours, detail and texture. TFS.

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  • jchemas Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 553 W: 30 N: 749] (3396)
  • [2006-03-01 20:18]
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Hello Chris
Incredible butterfly.
Good color and sharpness.
Excellent POV and BG.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-03-02 0:56]
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the shot is nice Chris,
it's not whole in pov and that is a shame and then I mean the left wing is a little unsharp, the composition is good and the dof is nice to, very good job anyway.
gr. jaap

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-03-02 3:14]
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Hi Chris!

You've got many beautifull and unknown to Europeans butterflies. This one is good example. Good POV and composition, colours on its wings looks great, especially bright 'eyes'.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-03-02 4:20]
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Hello Chris,
Excellent macro.
Lovely detail and colours,nice composition.
Nice work,very well done

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-03-02 13:54]
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Chris, a lovely butterfly.

I enjoy composition and pov. The open wings are very beautiful.

Great blurred bg too.

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2006-03-08 19:00]
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Hi Chris.

Very nice composition, great details and colors, is a good capture.

Thanks and I wait more photos ,tips, critiques and comments.

Saludos desde MEXICO...RICARDO.

hello Chris,
beautiful butterfly, has very nice colours and patterns, but looks like damaged.
Excellent composition, colours, exposure, details...
A good job.

Hello Chris.

Excellent picture, nice composition and colors.
Very gooddetails.

Jose Luis.

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