Birdwing butterly  (Ornithoptera priamus) by Normf

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Hard to believe these two are the same species. This male (Green) followed the female for 20 minutes before I lost sight of them Always hovering just above her as she fed.

This could be The Cairns Birdwing (Ornithoptera euphorion) which is Australia’s largest endemic butterfly species, with females reaching a wingspan of up to 16 cm. Males are usually a few centimetres smaller. But given it was taken in Bamaga (these were wild butterfly’s not in a butterfly farm) I think it could be a closely allied species, the New Guinea or Priam’s Birdwing (Ornithoptera priamus) reaches 19 cm and is the largest butterfly species found in Australia, but it is not endemic.

These were taken in Bamaga, far North Queensland, Australia

Canon EOS 300D


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  • whittsatwoopi
    whittsatwoopiabout 6 years ago

    Wow Norm, what a magnificent capture. Well done. Amazing image. Was that with the 100-400?

  • Normf
    Normfabout 6 years ago

    No actually it was with a “kit 70-300”. The lens has produced great shots but suffered CA against bright backgrounds (a problem shooting birds). That’s why I got L 100-400, which would have got me more images. By the way this was with an EOS 300d at 6mp (which I broke shortly after this when photographing my wife landing a fish – which he flung in my face in her excitement!)

  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedleabout 6 years ago

    Great capture!

  • Thanks

    – Normf

  • Garret
    Garretabout 6 years ago

    Wow, Beautiful!!!

  • Appreciated

    – Normf

  • ienemien
    ienemienabout 6 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS with this wonderful great shot featured today!!! I love this shot….Bye ien.

  • I really appreciated this feature. It was one of my first. Thanks

    – Normf

  • Normf
    Normfabout 6 years ago

    Thank you for your comments and encouragement.

  • whittsatwoopi
    whittsatwoopiabout 6 years ago

    Congrats Norm, What did I tell you about your work! There is the proof on how good your work is, well done, well deserved.

  • Roja
    Rojaabout 6 years ago

    wonderfully shot

  • Thanks appreciated

    – Normf

  • DottieDees
    DottieDeesabout 6 years ago

    Your work here is beautiful..such a lovely picture!

  • Such a nice thing to say. Thanks

    – Normf

  • velveteagle
    velveteagleabout 6 years ago

    I really like this.. Great work …

  • Thanks you as your work is just so nice as well!

    – Normf

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