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Peacock on the Pond

Peacock on the Pond
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Copyright: Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 480 W: 62 N: 1235] (4229)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, NIKKOR 70-300mm 1:4-5.6 G
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-09-11 13:36
Viewed: 4503
Points: 20
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Hello Everyone,

Today, I am posting a shot of a peacock butterfly which I took in the garden this morning.

It was a most curious place to discover a butterfly; it was perched on the weed in the centre of the pond. Its wings were open to the sun and I presumed it was was warming them, prior to feeding on the sedum flowers which edge the pond.

Here is some extra interesting information abot the Peacok Butterfly from Brickfields Country Park:

Males perch to await the arrival of females, who after mating, carefully lay batches of eggs 200 or more, on leaves or stems of Hops and Stinging Nettles, the eggs taking about 10 days to hatch into caterpillars which feed en masse in silk 'tents' until they are ready to pupate in a cocoon with two 'horns' at the head. The caterpillars are black and shiny with spurs along their backs and can be parasitised by wasps. Two colour variations of cocoon can be found, one found on dark substrates such as trees, are a dusky grey while those found under foliage are a yellowish green, either is well camouflaged. Butterflies emerge from the cocoon after about 12 days in mid summer to concentrate on feeding. The head of the pupae hangs down and only the abdomen is anchored with silk. Peacocks hibernate in hollow trees and other places over the winter period as an adult, and following their re-emergence in early spring they feed on flowering sallows, clover, dandelions and wild marjoram. Later in the year they change to feed upon asters, thistles, chrysanthemums and overripe fruit. Peacocks are one of the first butterflies to appear around March to April.

Many thanks for your interest.
Please feel free to offer feedback on any aspect of the photograph. Bev :-)

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Hello Beverley
what a nice capture for very very beautiful Peacock. I think it is the most beautiful butterfly in Europe and my dream species. It occurs N Turkiye, but I cant find it.
you are lucky to see and capture it with a nice shot. colors, focus, POV and composition very nice. droplets on leaves very nice to composition. thanks for sharing this beauty.
best wishes

Hello Beverly,

A great capture of this Peacock butterfly with brilliant coloration & fine details. Nicely done with great POV, pose & BG.

Many thanks & Best regards


Hi Beverley,

What a beatiful background, impressive ligth! Optimal focus in the set, allowed a detailed butterfly whith solid an funny coloration. Well done!



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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-09-11 14:51]

Hi Bev,one of the most spectaculars butterflies living in Europe! But isn't only the Inachis to make spectacle,there is a fantastic brilliant background very very nice,a beautiful composition whit excellents sharpness and colors.My best compliments,have a nice weekend,Luciano.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-09-11 16:35]

Hi Bev,

A very unusual shot of the beautiful peacock. Her beauty is enhanced by the green weeds and all of the water droplets from the pond. I think she has the most beautiful colors and markings which you show perfectly. Love the composition.


Nice capture of the European Peacock, Bev :)

Good control on sharpness and taken from a perfect POV along with wonderful use of the shallow DOF, brought great results here. The colors and the textures on the wings of the butterfly, are very well shown. To me, the BG seems bit too OE and/or OS, but overall, capture is of high quality.
A beautiful composition full of colors!

kind regards,

Ciao Bev. Beautiful colours and fantastic artistic compo. excellente light. Like a paint!


Ciao Bev, good macro of lovely Inachis with fantastic colors, great details and splendid sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2009-09-12 15:18]

magnifique image!
tres bonne netette et detailles!
belles couleurs!


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-09-17 19:43]

Hi Beverley,
wow...this is indeed very special shot with special composition. i like seeing the bubbles giving a unique composition. The lighting too is very brilliant in making the butterfly clearly seen in good details.
very exciting and captivating syle here, which is hard to get.


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