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Mud puddling Albatross

Mud puddling Albatross
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Copyright: Himanshu Ranade (Xplorer) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 125 W: 13 N: 327] (2187)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-03-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Digital Rebel XT, Canon 75-300 1:4-5.6 III USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-04-17 6:47
Viewed: 1908
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This group of Common Albatross (Appias Albina) were seen mud puddling near the only water source available in early summer. This is the dry season form.

Mud-puddling is the phenomenon mostly seen in butterflies and involves their aggregation on substrates like wet soil, dung and carrion to obtain nutrients such as salts and amino acids. By sipping moisture from mud puddles, butterflies take in salts and minerals from the soil. This behavior is called puddling, and is mostly seen in male butterflies. That's because males incorporate those extra salts and minerals into their sperm.

When butterflies mate, the nutrients are transferred to the female through the sperm. These extra salts and minerals improve the viability of the female's eggs, increasing the couple's chances of passing on their genes to another generation.

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Hello Himanshu
Wonderful capture of this butterfly meeting.Wonderful colours and light.Great sharpness also.Thank You.
Have a good day!
Best regards

hallo Himanshu
great sharpness and good details to see
the colours and light are beautiful
thanks greeting lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-04-17 8:15]

A very good capture of this beautiful meeting,one is overexposed,one is blurred,but it's impossible to make different,the 2 in the middle are really beautiful,a not usual scene that i seen only in Gambia,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano


Hi Himanshu,
I like these butterflies. Amazing colours. Perfect composition. Nice point of view.
Thanks for sharing,

Ciao Himanshu, great grop capture in ugly ambientation :), lovely composition with fine details, wonderful natural colors and excellent clarity, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2013-04-17 13:03]

Hi Himanshu,
Meeting of butterflies ..
Nice colours good composition and sharpness details.
Best wishes,

Are you sure they are Common Albatross, Himanshu?
They look like Whites to me, going by the dark markings on their inner wings.
All the same, it is an impressive congregation of these mud-puddling butterflies.

Hello Himanshu,
what a nice capture of this butterfly meeting.
beautiful side light make this picture more beautiful,
with best wishes,

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2013-04-18 9:49]

Excellent moment and wonderful capture of thes group of these butterfly in line! Congratulation. Saludos.

Hello Himanshu,
Nice composition and captured from a beautiful POV.
Thanks and best regards,

Hello Himanshu,
An interesting capture of these six Common Albatross meeting in the mud. Good clarity and detail. Nice work my friend.
Best regards,

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