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The conditions when I took this shot were not easy because it was very windy indeed and I was crawling about in the undergrowth trying to get into the right position...AND he/she kept flying off and then coming back again.
There were loads of bees (which I love) and spiders (which I don't) about, so the conditions were not really condusive to good picture taking!
Anyway, I rattled off about 30 shots and this is the best of them. I just got the bottom wing in shot, but this is not a result of aggressive cropping, it's just as I managed to take it under the circumstances.
Cloned out some distracting background and fixed some blown petals. Other than slight sharpening and resizing, no other PP done.
The eyespots of the Peacock act as a highly effective deterrent to potential predators and even manage to frighten large birds away. The undersides of the wings are nearly black and render the butterfly almost invisible when its wings are folded upright.
Eggs are usually laid on the tips of nettles in full sun. The female lays in large batches of over 200 eggs which hatch about 10 days later.
After the pupae stage, the adult butterfly emerges about 12 days later.
Hibernation takes place in hollow trees, garden sheds and other sheltered places.
Adult wingspan: 63-75 mm
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- [2005-08-28 6:56]
The butterfly show!
Wonderful colors has this specie!
Rare in Portugal.
Indeed a very beautiful butterfly!
Perfect sharpness and details!
- [2005-08-28 10:34]
Hi Vicky. Colors are good and you framed this butterfly nicely. I do think the picture is grainy. Did you crop a lot? TFS!
- [2005-08-28 14:06]
it is not bad, for a shot without cropping.
the composition is a little close to the bottom, I think more space was be nicer. I see also som nois special on the green. I think that a Neat Image can do here a good job. The colours are marvelous, yes i like it, good job,
- [2005-08-28 18:08]
Nice macro of this peacock... The colours and structures of the butterfly look good. The whole image is a bit noisy and I would have let a bit more room around the butterfly...
Anyway, well done!
Nicely composed. God POV. Colours are good, but the image is very noisy.
- [2005-08-30 15:17]
beautiful colors, saturation ok too!
I liked the composition between the butterfly and the pink flowers.