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by MikeOxon
Sun Nov 12, 2017 10:01 pm
Forum: Green Hairstreak
Topic: Green Hairstreak - Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 8
Views: 129

Re: Green Hairstreak - Favourite Photo of 2017

This photo is little more than a 'place holder'; it is one of only two of this species that I took on a sunny day at Aston Rowant NNR in the lull between Spring and Summer species. The only butterfly species present in any abundance was the Small Heath and there were also several small green Cistus ...
by MikeOxon
Sun Nov 05, 2017 10:40 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Andrew555
Replies: 57
Views: 741

Re: Andrew555

As others have already said, those are very beautiful Comma photos, Andrew. Your FZ1000 does a great job, with good separation of the subject from the background and low noise, resulting in very 'clean' images. I see that there is now an FZ2000 but what a price :shock:
by MikeOxon
Sun Nov 05, 2017 9:54 pm
Forum: Gatekeeper
Topic: Gatekeeper/Hedge Brown - Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 14
Views: 322

Re: Gatekeeper/Hedge Brown - Favourite Photo of 2017

It's always nice to get two for the price of one, so my favourite photo shows both the underside and uppersides of two Gatekeepers, nectaring on the same flower. Gatekeeper_2017.jpg These were taken during a visit to a relative's wildlife garden, which attracts many nectaring insects, including bees...
by MikeOxon
Wed Nov 01, 2017 8:56 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: MikeOxon
Replies: 813
Views: 24989

Re: MikeOxon

Thank you, David. It took me several goes to get the lighting and everything else arranged for optimum results. If I can practise more, over the Winter, I might be ready for an attempt on a live specimen but it will have to be very dozy, to stay still while I set up :)
by MikeOxon
Wed Nov 01, 2017 10:15 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: MikeOxon
Replies: 813
Views: 24989

Re: MikeOxon

Thank you Andrew. I like to use the Winter to explore photographic ideas that I can then use in the following season. I keep intending to tackle early life stages but haven't got around to it yet. In the field, as I've aged, I've moved to using longer lenses, which avoid some bending down and kneeli...
by MikeOxon
Tue Oct 31, 2017 12:51 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: MikeOxon
Replies: 813
Views: 24989

Re: MikeOxon

Now that the dark evenings have set in, I've been looking at alternative ways of practising my photography. My wife brought in a Venus Fly Trap ( Dionaea muscipula ) plant from the greenhouse, which had caught a fly, and offered it to me as a photographic challenge. CaptiveFly1.jpg As regular reader...
by MikeOxon
Sun Oct 29, 2017 8:45 pm
Forum: Common Blue
Topic: Common Blue - Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 13
Views: 204

Re: Common Blue - Favourite Photo of 2017

Another photo from my remarkable day at Bucknell Wood in Northamptonshire. This male shows the distinctive double fringe, which can cause identification confusion, when the plain outer fringe wears down to leave only the chequered inner fringe.

CmnBlue2017.jpg
Bucknell Wood, Northants - 25th July 2017
Olympus E-M1 with 100-400mm lens - 1/2500s@f/11 ISO1000

Mike
by MikeOxon
Fri Oct 27, 2017 8:59 am
Forum: Website Comments
Topic: Updated phenology charts
Replies: 4
Views: 241

Re: Updated phenology charts

Thank you for all this updating work, Pete. With all the current concerns about climate change and the apparent importance of butterflies aas 'indicator' species, these charts are increasingly relevant. I'm puzzled by the vertical axis labelling. I read on the UKBMS site that "This chart shows ...
by MikeOxon
Sun Oct 22, 2017 8:58 pm
Forum: Comma
Topic: Comma - Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 12
Views: 176

Re: Comma - Favourite Photo of 2017

It's hard to believe that this, now common species, was quite a rarity in the early part of the last century. It's now so familiar that I only paused to take 10 photos over the year. Most were of the uppersides of basking specimens but it seems proper to show the underside, with the mark that give t...
by MikeOxon
Thu Oct 19, 2017 7:54 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Andrew555
Replies: 57
Views: 741

Re: Andrew555

Always good to see a new diary. I agree that close-up views of butterflies, on camera, reveal a beauty that can be missed during field observations. Some small species, such as Marsh Fritillary, can just look like an orange-ish blur but a photo brings out the amazing detail. All the best for the com...
by MikeOxon
Tue Oct 17, 2017 12:36 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Goldie M
Replies: 1885
Views: 38017

Re: Goldie M

It looks as though Southern England butterflies are moving North, while the English Channel presents a barrier against more southerly species moving here!

I hope we don't get left in a 'butterfly vacuum' here :)

Mike
by MikeOxon
Tue Oct 17, 2017 12:27 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Bhutan Butterflies
Replies: 101
Views: 2559

Re: Bhutan Butterflies

Mr Tsang has taken some remarkable photos. Good luck with your own quest.

Mike
by MikeOxon
Sun Oct 15, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: Brown Argus
Topic: Brown Argus - Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 12
Views: 156

Re: Brown Argus - Favourite Photo of 2017

As I mentioned in my Personal Diary, the majority of all my species sightings in 2017 came from a single visit! This splendid trip to Bucknell Wood, recommended by ' Art Frames ', proved very successful, providing me with 20 species in one afternoon - including this Brown Argus: BrArgus2017.jpg Mike
by MikeOxon
Tue Oct 10, 2017 11:03 am
Forum: Brimstone
Topic: Brimstone - Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 12
Views: 315

Re: Brimstone - Favourite Photo of 2017

Isn't modern technology wonderful. Not so long ago, an open-wing shot of a Brimstone was almost impossible to achieve whereas now, with fast and accurate auto-focus and high-speed shooting, it only needs patience and the ability to point the camera in the right direction at the right time :) My phot...
by MikeOxon
Tue Oct 10, 2017 10:35 am
Forum: Black Hairstreak
Topic: Black Hairstreak - Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 6
Views: 175

Re: Black Hairstreak - Favourite Photo of 2017

I am fortunate to have several good colonies of Black Hairstreak, almost on my doorstep. Probably because of this, it took a phone-call from my son to actually get me out into the field and photograph some! As others have noted, the season was early this year and I was not too hopeful of finding any...
by MikeOxon
Sun Oct 08, 2017 10:48 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: MikeOxon
Replies: 813
Views: 24989

Waterperry Gardens - 5th October 2017

For many years, I have made a visit to the Waterperry Gardens, near Wheatley, during the first week of October, both to see the wonderful herbaceous border and for an end-of-season viewing of the Vanessids in attendance. Over the last few years, however, I have noticed a marked change in the apparen...
by MikeOxon
Sat Oct 07, 2017 8:59 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Goldie M
Replies: 1885
Views: 38017

Re: Goldie M

Hi Goldie. Those open-wing shots of the female Brimstone on the red flower are absolutely stunning :) I'm certainly not going to presume to suggest any improvements!

Mike
by MikeOxon
Fri Oct 06, 2017 6:45 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: MikeOxon
Replies: 813
Views: 24989

Re: MikeOxon

Pleased you liked my photos, David. While I was looking through my collection, I noted that the Meadow Brown shown below had particularly well-marked spots on the underwing. MeadowBn2017.jpg That inveterate namer of aberrations, J. W. Tutt, described his ab . biocellata as having "two well-mark...
by MikeOxon
Thu Oct 05, 2017 10:30 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Goldie M
Replies: 1885
Views: 38017

Re: Goldie M

I agree with Wurzel about that Red Admiral pic. It makes a very 'artistic' composition, with the almost symmetrical effect, broken by the presence of the butterfly. As Winter takes over, I often look through my photos and try 'improving' them, with a little Photoshop work, including re-framing. I wa...
by MikeOxon
Wed Oct 04, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: MikeOxon
Replies: 813
Views: 24989

Annual Review

Now that Wurzel has announced the beginning of the 'Favourite Photos' thread, to take us through the Winter, I guess it's time to draw up my own review of my butterfly season. Butterflies-1.jpg Butterflies-2.jpg The 'puzzle pic' in the second group may be easier, if you spot the small purple patch o...

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