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by MikeOxon
Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:30 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Jack Harrison
Replies: 703
Views: 41294

Re: Jack Harrison

Very interesting to follow the trends as our climate changes, Jack. It would also be interesting to try and determine the routes that the various species follow as they move Northwards. I'd guess that they tend to use coastal routes rather then crossing the Grampian mountains.

Mike
by MikeOxon
Tue Jun 20, 2017 8:36 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: MikeOxon
Replies: 782
Views: 21641

Re: MikeOxon

Thank you for commenting on the White Ad, Kev. It was a little too high for comfortable photography and I was struggling to get into a position where I felt there would be sufficient depth of field to keep a reasonable amount of the butterfly in focus. It was another of those occasions where I took ...
by MikeOxon
Tue Jun 20, 2017 5:32 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: MikeOxon
Replies: 782
Views: 21641

Re: MikeOxon

Hi Goldie. Because they are almost on my doorstep, it needed a call from my son to get me out looking for them :lol: I may be coming up to Cumbria myself, soon, to look for the Dark Red Helleborine, which is one of the British orchids that I've not yet managed to photograph. I shall keep a look out ...
by MikeOxon
Mon Jun 19, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: MikeOxon
Replies: 782
Views: 21641

Re: MikeOxon

Thank you, Pauline. I was very pleased to see such a fresh-looking specimen, since the season started so early, this year. She was a devil to photograph, as she walked through ever-changing patches of brilliant sunshine. This was the only reasonable photo that I got.
by MikeOxon
Mon Jun 19, 2017 1:18 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: MikeOxon
Replies: 782
Views: 21641

Bernwood Forest - 18th June 2017

Yesterday (Sunday), my son suggested we meet up for a butterfly walk, especially hoping to find Black Hairstreak. We decided to visit Bernwood Forest, partly because the rides are 'buggy-friendly', so accessible to my one-year old grandson. It was a hot day, with thin cloud and extended periods of f...
by MikeOxon
Wed Jun 14, 2017 10:03 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: MikeOxon
Replies: 782
Views: 21641

Re: MikeOxon

Thank you for commenting, Dave and David. The "lull" was very noticeable and, when I first arrived, I thought for a while that I was going to see no butterflies at all, despite the warmth and sunshine! Once the Summer species emerge, I'm sure the site will, once again, become its usual 'sp...
by MikeOxon
Tue Jun 13, 2017 9:38 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: MikeOxon
Replies: 782
Views: 21641

Aston Rowant NNR - 13th June 2017

On a warm sunny afternoon, I decided to take a walk at Aston Rowant NNR. I was surprised to find very few 'blues', while the Small Heath was, by far, the most common species on the slope above the M40. SmallHeath_AR2017.jpg Although this may seem a somewhat dull species at first glance, a closer loo...
by MikeOxon
Wed May 31, 2017 12:38 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: MikeOxon
Replies: 782
Views: 21641

Re: MikeOxon

Thank you for your concern, Goldie. I can assure you that I'm well :)
by MikeOxon
Wed May 31, 2017 11:02 am
Forum: General
Topic: Binoculars (a recommendation)
Replies: 2
Views: 159

Re: Binoculars (a recommendation)

I agree with Pete - for butterflies (in all stages) and other insects, there is nothing else like the Papilios, which are more like a long-range microscope at their closest-focus distance (0.5 m / ~18 inches). They can reveal what seems to be a different world of detail in this application but, whil...
by MikeOxon
Tue May 30, 2017 9:40 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: MikeOxon
Replies: 782
Views: 21641

Re: MikeOxon

Thanks Wurzel - I wasn't sure if all Specklies on Scilly are insula or if there's a mix. No exotic 'megas', I'm afraid, but I enjoyed seeing Manx Shearwaters, Puffins, Razorbills, Guillemots, etc. plus one Great Northern Diver. All interesting to me, as we don't get many seabirds around Oxfordshire :)
by MikeOxon
Tue May 30, 2017 7:13 pm
Forum: Overseas
Topic: Hong Kong
Replies: 3
Views: 103

Re: Hong Kong

If you take the Peak Tramway and then follow the paths around the Peak, you should find plenty of species there.

Mike
by MikeOxon
Tue May 30, 2017 6:21 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: MikeOxon
Replies: 782
Views: 21641

Isles of Scilly, May 2017

I have just returned from a very enjoyable week's holiday on the Isles of Scilly. It was not a 'butterfly' trip but just a general family holiday, in peaceful and beautiful surroundings. It is worth remembering that these islands are not just about the coastline and the surrounding sea, and I can st...
by MikeOxon
Mon May 29, 2017 3:59 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 2942
Views: 83333

Re: Padfield

As many others have commented before, I find it remarkable how the number of butterfly species increases as soon as one crosses the English Channel and yet there is still a good sprinkling of familiar ones in the mix! I'd agree with your orchid id's - I have seen a similar 'plain' white Heath Spotte...
by MikeOxon
Sat May 27, 2017 9:05 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Pauline
Replies: 2617
Views: 57846

Re: Pauline

I always enjoy your emergence sequences and am also pleased to see your orchid photos. That pale form of the Fly Orchid is very unusual and a variant that I have not seen - I think it is the form known as luteomarginata . I know how difficult is to spot those tiny Musk Orchids and think you have don...
by MikeOxon
Tue May 16, 2017 10:16 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Jack Harrison
Replies: 703
Views: 41294

Re: Jack Harrison

Good to see you've emerged from under the ice-cap at last, Jack :lol:
by MikeOxon
Sun Apr 30, 2017 6:09 pm
Forum: Website Comments
Topic: Website Problems
Replies: 19
Views: 739

Re: Website Problems

currently experiencing exactly the same as Neil - very wobbly since sometimes my reply appears on the end of Pauline's PD and sometimes it doesn't. No sign of it in 'recent' posts or the list of PDs.
by MikeOxon
Sun Apr 30, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Pauline
Replies: 2617
Views: 57846

Re: Pauline

What beautiful Wood White portraits, Pauline. You know how to get the best from your 'old' FZ38 :)

Mike
by MikeOxon
Mon Apr 24, 2017 6:20 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Pauline
Replies: 2617
Views: 57846

Re: Pauline

Amazing pics of the GH drying their wings and on Bluebells as well! Now, you are completely losing me with all those moths :)
by MikeOxon
Mon Apr 24, 2017 4:56 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: MikeOxon
Replies: 782
Views: 21641

Re: MikeOxon

I suspect it's just chance, David. The structures and markings have evolved to attract the appropriate pollinator, which is usually a small insect, and I doubt whether these creatures perceive the faces we humans see.
by MikeOxon
Sun Apr 23, 2017 6:36 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: MikeOxon
Replies: 782
Views: 21641

Re: MikeOxon

Cracking looking Orchid Mike :D They look like Japanese cartoon characters (Anime or Pokemon - not sure what the difference is :? ) :D You can see how the idea of 'fairies' and Gnomes might have come about :) For Orchid 'faces', South American species take some beating - especially the 'Dracula' fa...

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