I went out much too late this morning or so I thought. I decided to go to Wong Chuk Yeung again. The short drive up a very steep hill produced the first surprise of the day. A Chinese cobra in the road – definitely alive and kicking and I had to swerve to miss it. Just when I had been think ing how rarely I see snakes locally.
My first walk around WCY produced very little but I did get to see the Spotted sawtooth again and this time I managed a shot of the open wings. It did not rest with wings open at all. Just a quick flick now and again. And it hardly settled. So this was just hit the shutter and hope.
I also started to see some dragonfly activity. A Forest chaser was a dragonfly I had not seen here before but they are common so I suspect I have not looked often enough. Here are male, male in flight and female:
The first two are really over-extending the lens – a 300mm F2.8 + 2x TC – but they will do as record shots. The same kit was used for the female as I did not want to waste time taking the TC of in case she flew. However she was much closer and easier to get at.
Then I noticed a stick insect hanging from the foliage. I like these things – they are not rare but you have to look hard to see them. They are well camouflaged.
And a beetle provided some closer entertainment.
And to round off my walk, 2 different sorts (and stages) of butterfly. Above, larvae of the Large Faun:
And an imago of the Common Jester
I do wish I’d got the wing termen sharp 😦
Next time I may try the 400mm F4 for the dragonflies as close focussing is not the problem. The trouble is IQ degradation with the 2x TC. A bad workman always blames his tools? Probably.
A busy day tomorrow so no time to play but there’s always another day, if I’m spared.