Today , we had a family birthday barbecue , so time out was very limited , I was cooking . Apologies for any one fed up with Purple Hairstreak pictures , but there is a good story that goes with these ones . I spent just one hour fifteen minutes in the Ash tree glade up on the Common , and was lucky enough to have several PHs come down onto lower vegetation whilst I was there .
The first two just sat closed winged , but did allow me to get in close , before either being blown off or disturbed by other insects . A couple of females came down and sunned themselves open winged . Eventually , a male descended , but sat with wings tight shut , but during a long cloudless period , he did almost open his wings fully for a few shots . Not the best position to get the full purple sheen , but beggars can't be choosers , and I couldn't get around the other side of him without disturbing him . Whilst waiting for him to open his wings , I noticed a Wren and a Robin 'ticking' in the woodland behind the Ash . I assumed that either a Fox or a Corvid was giving them some grief . I'm photographing the PH with the camera on a monopod , when , calm as you like , less than 10 mtrs. away from me , a male Roe Deer saunters out of the woodland , without a sound . I froze , the camera was set for close up shots , and I daren't move to change the settings . He looks over towards me , and I keep perfectly still . He carries on browsing , occasionally looking back at me . Whilst he wasn't looking , I managed to change the camera settings , and start taking shots of him . He strolled through the glade , looking as if he didn't have a care in the world . I managed to get seven shots of him , before he disappeared back into the woodland , as quietly as he appeared . The amazing thing is that the Common is just four miles out of Bromley , surrounded by built up areas , not out in the middle of the countryside .
Another male PH posed for a short time , but I still couldn't get the reflected sheen as I would have liked , perhaps next time .
The weather forecast was not good for the barbecue , but , someone was looking after us , as we ate outside , spent the afternoon in the garden , and it wasn't until everyone left and we got cleared up , that the clouds rolled in and it started to rain .