Draycott Sleights

Last post I mentioned that I won a photography competition, what I did not mention was that I won a fantastic new camera with a macrro zoom. So on the first opportunity I took it on a trip to Draycott Sleights to photograph the chalk hill blues.

Draycott Sleights -Somerset, UK. ID IMG_0030

Draycott Sleights -Somerset, UK. ID IMG_0030

This Somerset Wildlife Trust reserve is on the south facing edge of the Mendip Hills in Somerset.  It’s a limestone grassland with lots of exposed rock.

Chalkhill Blues

During the evening these butterflies gather in the sheltered area near the reserve entrance.  So with very little walking I could try out my new camera.

Chalkhill Blue (Polyommatus coridon) - Draycott Sleights, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_0266

Chalkhill Blue (Polyommatus coridon) – Draycott Sleights, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_0266

The chalkhill blues are quite happy for you sit next to them as long as you do not bother them or the bit of grass they are on.  Perfect for playing with a different set of camera controls.

Chalkhill Blue (Polyommatus coridon) – Draycott Sleights, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_0145

They we mating and groups gathered together.

Chalkhill Blue (Polyommatus coridon) – Draycott Sleights, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_0123

The camera had a great lens allowing me to get close-ups from a greater distance than my other macro lens. The zoom ring worked the other way around so each time I went to zoom in I zoomed out.

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