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by MikeOxon
Thu Jul 27, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Pauline
Replies: 2704
Views: 60526

Re: Pauline

..... I really do need to learn how to take shots of things that move Were you, perhaps, looking in my direction when you wrote that? :) Clearly, what you need is a fast shutter speed but what's the best way to achieve that? If you use Shutter priority and set, say 1/1000s, it can simply be a recip...
by MikeOxon
Thu Jul 27, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Pauline
Replies: 2704
Views: 60526

Re: Pauline

..... I really do need to learn how to take shots of things that move Were you, perhaps, looking in my direction when you wrote that? :) Clearly, what you need is a fast shutter speed but what's the best way to achieve that? If you use Shutter priority and set, say 1/1000s, it can simply be a recip...
by MikeOxon
Thu Jul 27, 2017 11:45 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Bhutan Butterflies
Replies: 89
Views: 1744

Re: Bhutan Butterflies

David M, Thanks for sharing the Brown Hairstreak. Is the open wing male or female? .... This photo is of a female. Unusually, it is the female of this species that is the more brightly coloured. This has confused many people, including one of our well-respected field guides, which got it wrong in t...
by MikeOxon
Thu Jul 27, 2017 10:02 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Goldie M
Replies: 1720
Views: 33762

Re: Goldie M

it is an Helice Your blurred photo shows how even a 'poor' shot can be very useful when it comes to identification! It is clear that your butterfly gave you the "run around" that I expect from this species :lol: The odd thing is that the very first time I saw a Clouded Yellow was at Smard...
by MikeOxon
Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:24 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Goldie M
Replies: 1720
Views: 33762

Re: Goldie M

Well done, Goldie - Wall Brown and Cloudie!. I know just how difficult Cloudies can be to photograph.
by MikeOxon
Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:03 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: MikeOxon
Replies: 790
Views: 22314

Re: MikeOxon

Thank you Goldie and Peter. I've been sorting through the 200 or so photos that I took yesterday and find that I have quite an interesting collection! I wish you luck on Friday, Peter. There's still plenty to see, although most of the butterflies are showing signs of wear, apart from some very fresh...
by MikeOxon
Wed Jul 26, 2017 10:39 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: MikeOxon
Replies: 790
Views: 22314

Re: MikeOxon

Thank you for commenting, David and Pauline. I had not gone with great expectations, especially since it's over two weeks since Art Frames posted his wonderful photos. The Valesina sightings came quite late in our walk and I had already been impressed by the 'quality' of the wood and the wealth of s...
by MikeOxon
Tue Jul 25, 2017 9:19 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: MikeOxon
Replies: 790
Views: 22314

Bucknell Wood, Northants - 25th July 2017

It's been a difficult few weeks for me, with a combination of poor weather, baby-minding duties, and a miserable cold all conspiring to prevent butterfly-watching activities. A free afternoon, today, with a good weather forecast was, therefore, too good an opportunity to miss! After reading a recent...
by MikeOxon
Fri Jul 21, 2017 6:33 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Common Blue or Chalkhill Goldie
Replies: 4
Views: 78

Re: Common Blue or Chalkhill Goldie

As you say, Goldie, I like experimenting (or playing :) ) I tried adjusting the colour of your photo in Photoshop (more red, less blue) which I hope has made it more like what you saw: GoldieM_CB.jpg Usually, I recommend leaving white balance set to 'auto'. The camera gets it right most of the time ...
by MikeOxon
Fri Jul 21, 2017 5:11 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Common Blue or Chalkhill Goldie
Replies: 4
Views: 78

Re: Common Blue or Chalkhill Goldie

I'd certainly go for Common Blue. There seems to be an overall blue cast on the photo, which has intensified the apparent colour of the butterfly a little. The black spots around the hind wing margins could indicate ab. nigromaculata (which also goes under a variety of other names). There's a photo ...
by MikeOxon
Fri Jul 14, 2017 9:13 pm
Forum: Photography
Topic: Photo walks in Bristol area
Replies: 1
Views: 222

Re: Photo walks in Bristol area

I missed this when you posted - mainly because I'm not in the Bristol area. I enjoyed looking at your Flickr pages and hope that you managing to find more of our rather restricted number of British butterfly species. I shall look forward to seeing more of your photos in your personal diary.
by MikeOxon
Fri Jul 14, 2017 2:54 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Pauline
Replies: 2704
Views: 60526

Re: Pauline

I suspect that your Ringlet has picked up some orchid pollinia on its proboscis. Many orchids carry their pollen in a little 'package' on a sticky stalk that attaches itself to a visiting insect and so gets carried to fertilise another flower. These may be Common Spotted Orchid pollinia. There's a d...
by MikeOxon
Fri Jul 14, 2017 10:50 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Wurzel
Replies: 2965
Views: 134713

Re: Wurzel

What a splendid Heath-fest, Wurzel, and some delightful shots to remind me how beautiful are the undersides of White A. It's strange, the way that Heath F seem to like to have a place to themselves, so that Blean is almost a butterfly mono-culture. It was just the same when I visited one of the Exmo...
by MikeOxon
Thu Jul 13, 2017 12:25 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Art Frames
Replies: 115
Views: 1762

Re: Art Frames

Never mind the randy foursomes - I've never seen such a detailed view of butterfly genitalia as in your 'pair in cop' photo. The 'clasp' mechanism is clearly displayed. Some beautiful topsides as well - I agree these are very beautiful butterflies when newly emerged.
by MikeOxon
Mon Jul 10, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Art Frames
Replies: 115
Views: 1762

Re: Art Frames

A wonderful series of photos! It's several years since I have seen any Valesina SWF and your photos make we want to refresh the experience. That Northampton wood seems to be an excellent site for this and many other species.

Mike
by MikeOxon
Mon Jul 10, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Janet Turnbull
Replies: 173
Views: 2392

Re: Janet Turnbull

I think your orchid may be a Heath Fragrant Orchid (Gymnadenia borealis) - you have a knack of finding the ones I haven't seen! The long narrow lip points me in that direction but I'd welcome other views
by MikeOxon
Sun Jul 09, 2017 10:24 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Jack Harrison
Replies: 713
Views: 41931

Re: Jack Harrison

A splendid account Jack, starting around the time when I was born! Your mention of 'The Gap' reminded me of the classic book 'The Otterbury Incident', set in those immediate post-war years, where bomb sites were favourite playgrounds. May your "adequate health" continue for a good while :)
by MikeOxon
Thu Jul 06, 2017 3:20 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Janet Turnbull
Replies: 173
Views: 2392

Re: Janet Turnbull

Interesting! I've read somewhere that the 'common' Hawker is actually now relatively scarce - I've never managed to photograph one.
by MikeOxon
Thu Jul 06, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Goldie M
Replies: 1720
Views: 33762

Re: Goldie M

Your Comma has found a splendid perch :lol:
by MikeOxon
Wed Jul 05, 2017 5:01 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Goldie M
Replies: 1720
Views: 33762

Re: Goldie M

I've been catching up on your splendid WLH photos. It's always been a 'special' butterfly for me, ever since I first encountered some in a small wood near Clifden Hampden, a village on the River Thames not far from home. Since then, I've found them popping up in various unexpected places including a...

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