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by IAC
Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:16 pm
Forum: Competitions
Topic: Annual 2017 Competition
Replies: 27
Views: 1426

Re: Annual 2017 Competition

It would be interesting to know what equipment has been used for all of the winning entries. The exif data doesn't seem to be available now that the competition has ended, but I wonder how many of the winning entries, both this year and in previous years, have been taken with top-end, professional ...
by IAC
Mon Oct 23, 2017 6:57 pm
Forum: Comma
Topic: Comma - Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 12
Views: 239

Re: Comma - Favourite Photo of 2017

The Comma, a very enigmatic and at times near impossible to find species up here in the Scottish Borders. It is very difficult to find out in the open and will stick to the canopy of a woodland edge venturing out for ground supplies very rarely. I have enjoyed hunting this Butterfly more than any ot...
by IAC
Sat Sep 09, 2017 10:19 pm
Forum: Small Tortoiseshell
Topic: Small Tortoiseshell 3rd brood?
Replies: 4
Views: 176

Re: Small Tortoiseshell 3rd brood?

Hi Pete, I have seen some very late Small Tortoiseshell broods on only a few occasions, most notably 2011 when good numbers of Small Tortoiseshell pupated in late September emerging in mid to late October. They were joined by a very late number of Red Admiral. Both species I observed and photographe...
by IAC
Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:16 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: New species for Scotland as the White Letter Hairstreak is finally revealed
Replies: 8
Views: 509

Re: New species for Scotland as the White Letter Hairstreak is finally revealed

Thank you Guy, David and Bugboy. :) Whats next, Gatekeeper you say David. We get sightings from time to time that turn out to be twin spotted Meadow Brown...Meadow Brown are struggling in the open countryside just now as farming becomes ever more efficient, and the loss of grazing animals has certai...
by IAC
Fri Aug 11, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: New species for Scotland as the White Letter Hairstreak is finally revealed
Replies: 8
Views: 509

Re: New species for Scotland as the White Letter Hairstreak is finally revealed

Hahaha, cheers Pete :D Seriously though what next I wonder up here. Naturally the White Letter Hairstreak may have been here for quite some time undetected, as the Purple Hairsteak which Im sure we will have in the Scottish Borders considering its success elsewhere in Scotland, or its a recent arriv...
by IAC
Fri Aug 11, 2017 7:34 am
Forum: Sightings
Topic: New species for Scotland as the White Letter Hairstreak is finally revealed
Replies: 8
Views: 509

New species for Scotland as the White Letter Hairstreak is finally revealed

NEW BUTTERFLY SPECIES FOR SCOTLAND Its not everyday that something as special as this is found whilst out and about on a regular Butterfly recording foray. This White Letter Hairstreak is a new species for Scotland as of yesterday 9th August. Its a very ragged and worn individual which I found on th...
by IAC
Sun Feb 05, 2017 6:34 pm
Forum: Small Tortoiseshell
Topic: Small Tortoiseshell - Favourite Photo 2016
Replies: 16
Views: 747

Re: Small Tortoiseshell - Favourite Photo 2016

Despite finding that incredible ab Small T Shell in August my favourite shot perhaps was of a more conventional ST on a grim kind of day with low cloud that just cleared enough to put up a few of the Vanessids around a stand of Teasel. In between the cloudy and cooler spells this crispy Tortoiseshel...
by IAC
Tue Jan 31, 2017 8:12 pm
Forum: Small Tortoiseshell
Topic: Small Tortoiseshell - Favourite Photo 2016
Replies: 16
Views: 747

Re: Small Tortoiseshell - Favourite Photo 2016

but how about another look(please) at another aberrant Tortoiseshell ,posted by IAC also back in August By all means :D I am hoping that I may encounter this individual again some sunny day in March or April this year. 13th August 2016, Creeping Thistle patch in the arable landscape of the south ea...
by IAC
Mon Jan 30, 2017 11:04 pm
Forum: Small Skipper
Topic: Small Skipper - Favourite Photo 2016
Replies: 9
Views: 439

Re: Small Skipper - Favourite Photo 2016

The Small Skipper has been present in the Scottish Borders now for a decade and a bit. In that time they have shown an easterly bias.The easterly bias continued as they invaded East Lothian taking advantage of open coastal grasslands and golf course roughs. They have now conquered as far as the city...
by IAC
Mon Jan 30, 2017 10:54 pm
Forum: Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary
Topic: Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary - Favourite Photo 2016
Replies: 8
Views: 433

Re: Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary - Favourite Photo 2016

The Small Pearls flight was delayed 2016 in poor weather, but not delayed too long. Not the most spectacular season ever though. This one was photographed on a dank and misty day in the Scottish Borders at Gordon Community Woodland where a newly discovered colony thrives. As the sun clawed at the cl...
by IAC
Mon Jan 30, 2017 10:50 pm
Forum: Small Blue
Topic: Small Blue - Favourite Photo 2016
Replies: 9
Views: 373

Re: Small Blue - Favourite Photo 2016

My specialist subject, Small Blue. I spend more time on Small Blue than any other species. 2016 was a rough year for them on the Berwickshire coast with cold sea breezes through the early flight period, however, undettered they bounced back when the weather cleared and persisted until the end of Jul...
by IAC
Mon Jan 30, 2017 10:45 pm
Forum: Small Copper
Topic: Small Copper - Favourite Photo 2016
Replies: 13
Views: 626

Re: Small Copper - Favourite Photo 2016

Only one place in Berwickshire, can I guarantee a spectacular number of the Small Copper each and every season. The second brood numbers are always predictably high. So, St Abbs Head NNR July 2016 just as the second brood were emerging onto the scene.
by IAC
Fri Jan 27, 2017 1:26 am
Forum: Sites
Topic: help with northern species
Replies: 17
Views: 924

Re: help with northern species

You dont only get two white spots across the Border, oh no, nothing quite so common, how about four white spots ab quadripuncta!! :D This ab is quite common among the south east Scotland colonies. I am still in argument with myself whether it is more common on the coast as opposed to inland...howeve...
by IAC
Sun Jan 08, 2017 7:12 pm
Forum: Scotch Argus
Topic: Scotch Argus - Favourite Photo 2016
Replies: 4
Views: 228

Re: Scotch Argus - Favourite Photo 2016

A 25 mile trip inland to the Scottish Borders town of Melrose in August, has been made an annual pilgrimage for this species now. Not much deviation in this species emergence, from the 1st of August you can always expect at least one. The species lasts about four to five weeks only at this site near...
by IAC
Tue Dec 20, 2016 11:13 pm
Forum: Northern Brown Argus
Topic: Northern Brown Argus - Favourite Photo 2016
Replies: 4
Views: 308

Re: Northern Brown Argus - Favourite Photo 2016

Am I allowed to load both Scottish & English race Nice to see both versions Eric :) Not the very best season for Northern Brown Argus in the Scottish Borders especially on the coast though inland they fared only a little better. Too many overcast and cool days inland, and on the coast Spring wa...
by IAC
Mon Dec 05, 2016 7:05 pm
Forum: Large Skipper
Topic: Large Skipper - Favourite Photo of 2016
Replies: 12
Views: 558

Re: Large Skipper - Favourite Photo of 2016

Maybe not one of the finest photographs I have ever taken of the species however, the Large Skipper continues to expand at a much slower and more methodical pace than its cousin the Small Skipper. The Large Skipper has a very patchy history in the Scottish Borders though this past ten years it has b...
by IAC
Sun Dec 04, 2016 7:22 pm
Forum: Competitions
Topic: Photo competitions
Replies: 19
Views: 2196

Re: Photo competitions

Congratulations Nigel. What a shot to win it! There were so many excellent to perfect photos that fired in towards the deadline that I thought my chances were fairly slim indeed. I am over the moon to get a second overall...unbelievable..even beating Nigels Apollo...even more unbelievable. Dave Coll...
by IAC
Sun Nov 13, 2016 10:54 pm
Forum: Green Hairstreak
Topic: Green Hairstreak - Favourite Photo of 2016
Replies: 13
Views: 638

Re: Green Hairstreak - Favourite Photo of 2016

With such a short window of opportunity and so few decent days to go looking for this species, it is always a tense affair looking for them. We do have some very lively colonies up here in the Scottish Borders, but there is always so much more to do than be dragged up into the high hill burns for a ...
by IAC
Sun Nov 13, 2016 10:48 pm
Forum: Grayling
Topic: Grayling - Favourite Photo of 2016
Replies: 12
Views: 578

Re: Grayling - Favourite Photo of 2016

The Grayling have had a hard time this past few years with very few coastal sightings numbering around the 100 mark rather than the thousands that there should be. This one is from the well known stronghold at St Abbs Head NNR. This Butterfly can be an incredibly shy and difficult to photograph subj...
by IAC
Sun Nov 13, 2016 10:34 pm
Forum: Conservation
Topic: Iain Cowe - BC Outstanding Volunteer award
Replies: 17
Views: 678

Re: Iain Cowe - BC Outstanding Volunteer award

Many thanks Lee, and yes, hopefully see you up our way one day.

Iain.

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