Archive for July, 2016

Snakes, butterflies, birds and places

Posted in Concedii, Specii rare on July 29, 2016 by maxpho

Long time since my last post…

For the last two months (June-July) I’ve been very busy exploring places and finding new species, and not photographing as much as I would have liked. Nevertheless, here are some shots.

First, some shots from the Retezat Mountains:

Bucura Lake at an altitude of 2040 m:

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-A remote location with plenty of rare butterfly species:

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-The Retezat mountains in the morning, as seen from some distance:

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-The Moon and some flowers, from 2000 meters above sea level; our natural satellite doesn’t seem larger from that altitude unfortunately :). The shot is a composition from two differently focused images.

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-And an inspiring location, the Sarmizegetusa Regia capital:




And now for some butterflies:

Apatura iris:

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Aglais urticae (a female with open wings, laying eggs, and the eggs):



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Neptis rivularis:

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Limenitis populi (with an “old” female up in a tree photographed by my wife, and a male on a dead frog; both male and female are of the form tremulae):

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And some shots from the Cheile Nerei area:

Argynnis paphia:


Heteropterus morpheus:

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Polygonia c-album:

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Pieris napi:

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And some snakes:

Zamenis longissimus:

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-The horned viper (Vipera ammodytes ammodytes):

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And a large beetle, Carabus gigas:



Finally, the last visited region, Dobrogea, with the superb area of the Macin mountains:


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A White Stork (Ciconia ciconia):

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A young Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo):

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Eudia (Saturnia) pavonia larva:


And one of the most restricted butterflies of Europe, Apatura metis. Despite being restricted to a few locations in Romania, this individual was one of more than 80+ individuals flying around us in one small area near the Danube river.

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And with slightly opened wings, next to a dead frog:

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Nice way (this last species) to end the holiday (for now) 🙂