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by MikeOxon
Tue Sep 05, 2017 5:21 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Goldie M
Replies: 1822
Views: 36102

Re: Goldie M

Another lovely selection of late-season photos, Goldie. I do like that White against the plain grey background - it's a very striking shot.
by MikeOxon
Mon Sep 04, 2017 10:30 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Pauline
Replies: 2814
Views: 70173

Re: Pauline

What a stunning series of images! :mrgreen: ; a collection to enjoy, as we all look forward to a good season next year.

All the best, Mike
by MikeOxon
Sun Sep 03, 2017 4:04 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Neil Hulme
Replies: 2764
Views: 186651

Re: Neil Hulme

[quote="Neil Hulme"]Queen Of Spain Update

Re. the Queens' entourage photo - I do hope that Her Majesties received some Lady attendants as well :o

Mike
by MikeOxon
Fri Sep 01, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Goldie M
Replies: 1822
Views: 36102

Re: Goldie M

I love that tail view of the GvW, Goldie. It shows the markings in a new light. It must be very confusing to a pursuing bird!
by MikeOxon
Fri Sep 01, 2017 10:18 am
Forum: Identification
Topic: Scarce Tortoiseshell or Comma?
Replies: 4
Views: 131

Re: Scarce Tortoiseshell or Comma?

Some people seem to find identification much easier than others. I still make ID mistakes and others seem embarrassed to tell me! I usually get a PM from someone, not wishing to make my error public. Really, I don't mind :) Incidentally, I also have difficulty in remembering people's faces and then ...
by MikeOxon
Tue Aug 29, 2017 5:36 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: MikeOxon
Replies: 801
Views: 23474

Re: MikeOxon

Hi Goldie,

I'm pleased you like that photo. I am trying to capture aspects of behaviour, through the seasons, rather than just producing yet more standard portraits of familiar species.

Mike
by MikeOxon
Mon Aug 28, 2017 7:06 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Goldie M
Replies: 1822
Views: 36102

Re: Goldie M

Always good when the butterflies come to your own garden - especially on Bank Holiday weekends! Going back to some earlier posts, your red dragonfly is a male Common Darter ( Sympetrum striolatum ) - the red colour develops quite slowly in males as they mature, while females are a pale fawn colour. ...
by MikeOxon
Sun Aug 27, 2017 9:48 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Please help me identify this butterfly
Replies: 6
Views: 217

Re: Please help me identify this butterfly

You got some good photos there and I hope you will follow up with more in the future. Well-worn specimens can be very difficult to identify, especially when spots etc. have become indistinct. It's quite common to see identical damage patterns on both wings. As bugboy wrote, this is usually attribute...
by MikeOxon
Sat Aug 26, 2017 1:36 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: MikeOxon
Replies: 801
Views: 23474

Otmoor, Oxon - 25th August 2017

With warm, bright sunshine around, at last, I decided to take a walk along the Roman Road, leading onto Otmoor . This is a favourite location for finding Brown Hairstreaks but, on this occasion, I failed to find any, although there were plenty of the usual ‘decoys’. Speckled Woods were especially ab...
by MikeOxon
Thu Aug 24, 2017 7:36 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: August 2017
Replies: 61
Views: 2734

Re: August 2017

hi Jack, Since you are well placed to observe plenty of Scotch Argus, it would be interesting to know whether your 'locals' conform to the descriptions of ssp. aethiops or caledonia , as described in the 'species pages' of this site. I ask because your photos all seem to show three spots on the fore...
by MikeOxon
Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Jack Harrison
Replies: 726
Views: 42954

Re: Jack Harrison

Jack Harrison wrote:..........“ate his first pineapple in Scotland”..........


Wow! Thanks for sharing that, Jack :)
by MikeOxon
Sat Aug 12, 2017 3:37 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Pauline
Replies: 2814
Views: 70173

Re: Pauline

Hi Pauline, Nice to see that the Autumn Lady's Tresses are flowering; it was a memorable visit with you, last year, although I should point out that it is Ros's sharp eyes that find things - I simply take the photos :) I think your woodland flowers are Violet Helleborines ( Epipactis purpurata ). Th...
by MikeOxon
Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:26 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Art Frames
Replies: 166
Views: 3023

Re: Art Frames

It was so much simpler then...3 focus points but I only ever used the centre one. I still just use the centre focus point - never got used to these multiple points that always seem to choose the wrong one. Most of my photos were taken on film, back in the days when one spent ages on each frame and ...
by MikeOxon
Wed Aug 02, 2017 10:31 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Art Frames
Replies: 166
Views: 3023

Re: Art Frames

Some years ago, I found one of these white-spotted variants in Fermyn wood and wrote about it on here. While investigating, I found and translated the original description of bialbata Guy Padfield pointed me to a comprehensive monograph about Vanessids , which describes various aberrations and also ...
by MikeOxon
Tue Aug 01, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: Sites
Topic: Smardale Gill
Replies: 12
Views: 451

Re: Smardale Gill

Sorry to read that you had a difficult time but at least you found some butterflies. I also hope that the wildlife trust manage to assert their rights to the car-park.
by MikeOxon
Mon Jul 31, 2017 3:59 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Mistaken identity
Replies: 4
Views: 218

Re: Mistaken identity

Fascinating! DNA analysis is shaking up our ideas of what constitutes a 'species' quite a bit.
by MikeOxon
Mon Jul 31, 2017 1:32 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: MikeOxon
Replies: 801
Views: 23474

Re: MikeOxon

I'm sure this would be a good place to try for a mating pair photo. I don't intend to join a race for it, though :)
by MikeOxon
Sun Jul 30, 2017 9:05 pm
Forum: Website Comments
Topic: Personal Diaries - by year!
Replies: 4
Views: 214

Re: Personal Diaries - by year!

This seems a good idea to me, Pete. I've just been enjoying a trip down 'memory lane' looking at my 2014 entries. I noticed one or two formatting glitches - captions on photos no longer italic and HTML appearing where I changed font colour. Also, GIF animations haven't transferred (they wouldn't wor...
by MikeOxon
Sat Jul 29, 2017 9:00 pm
Forum: Sites
Topic: Smardale Gill
Replies: 12
Views: 451

Re: Smardale Gill

It's several years since I was last at Smardale but my recollection is that the walk to the viaduct from the Smardale Village car-park is easier - a relatively level path through woodland. The path from Newbiggin is longer and steeper, climbing over a rough hillside before reaching the viaduct. I ca...
by MikeOxon
Fri Jul 28, 2017 5:11 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Goldie M
Replies: 1822
Views: 36102

Re: Goldie M

Very characterful HB shots, Goldie. I often see them posed like that in my garden but, usually, too high up to get decent photos :(

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