Golden Birdwing butterfly - on the wing by David Clarke

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I saw this magnificent fellow fluttering around the Phuket Butterfly Farm – a great place where you can really experience close contact with a wide variety of beautiful species. I decided I had to have a shot of him in flight, which turned out to be a bit of a challenge when wielding a heavy 300mm lens. However, the result was more or less what I was after.

Canon 1DMkII with Canon 300mm f2.8L IS lens; ISO400 f2.8 1/6400

Uploaded 5 May 2009
Number of views on 19 July 2011: 186

Living for partly in Italy, partly in Phuket and partly in other locations around the world – Hong Kong & Kenya when I can – I spend a lot of time photographing anything and everything. I particularly enjoy the challenge of capturing shots of wildlife large and small – from elephants to insects. A wider selection of my work can be seen on my website at

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  • Malcolm Chant
    Malcolm Chantover 5 years ago

    WOW what a great shot to capture a Butterfly on the wing, excellent

  • Thanks so much, Malcolm

    – David Clarke

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 5 years ago

    beautiful capture

  • Many thanks, kathy

    – David Clarke

  • robmac
    robmacover 5 years ago

    Really top shot hard to get David well done

  • Thanks very much, Rob

    – David Clarke

  • jesika
    jesikaover 5 years ago

    Clever you!

  • Thanks, jesika.

    – David Clarke

  • WendyJC
    WendyJCover 5 years ago

    i’ve been practising to do just this, but sadly cold weather now!
    a remarkable achievement and image David :)

  • Many thanks, Wendy. One thing it never is in that butterfly farm is cold – I think I lose a couple of kilos every time I go there!

    – David Clarke

  • jim270
    jim270over 5 years ago

    Gorgeous capture David!

  • Thank you, James

    – David Clarke

  • Kelly Robinson
    Kelly Robinsonover 5 years ago

    Stunning capture

  • Thanks very much, Kelly.

    – David Clarke

  • Sandy Stewart
    Sandy Stewartover 5 years ago

    Not often one gets to see shots of Butterflies in flight and you did a pretty great job! Nice work!!!! : )

  • Many thanks, Sandy

    – David Clarke

  • Olitto
    Olittoover 5 years ago

    This is fantastic work David….in flight and a clear capture. Well done!

  • Thanks so much, Olitto, much appreciated

    – David Clarke

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpover 5 years ago

    Marie ~ Host

  • Marie, thank you so much! I’m absolutely delighted :)))

    – David Clarke

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