Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Butterflies

Oh what incredible weather!  After so much rain - mostly light rain but so consistent that the ground has been waterlogged - this week of glorious sun is drying things out and the rainforest is alive with birds and butterflies.  I don't think our English guests realise quite how lucky they are to be here now after last week's rain!  We feel sorry for the schoolkids, and families - fancy having the weather clear up the day you go back to school!

This morning I was watching, and trying to photograph, a tiny little newly-fledged Sunbird in a Geisha-Girl bush - it was learning to sip nectar while Mum and Dad fluttered around keeping watch.  Suddenly this beautiful female Cruiser Butterfly (Vindula arsinoe) appeared and landed on the adjacent Hibiscus - the female is larger than the male which is predominantly brown.
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