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by MikeOxon
Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Overall Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 10
Views: 226

Re: Overall Favourite Photo of 2017

Early in the season, I was 'playing' at taking high-speed sequences of Brimstones feeding on a bed of Primroses at my local Dry Sandford Pit reserve. I was quite excited by the results and this GiF animation of one of the sequences includes both a good topside shot and shows how the butterfly manage...
by MikeOxon
Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: White Admiral
Topic: White Admiral – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 12
Views: 134

Re: White Admiral – Favourite Photo of 2017

I would have liked to have used one of the shots from a memorable afternoon in Bucknell Wood, when I photographed 20 different species. Unfortunately, it was late in the season and all the White Admirals I saw had considerable wing damage. So, I turned to an earlier trip to Bernwood Forest, where I ...
by MikeOxon
Sun Feb 04, 2018 10:08 pm
Forum: Speckled Wood
Topic: Speckled Wood – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 10
Views: 149

Re: Speckled Wood – Favourite Photo of 2017

This was a tough choice for me, with some strong contenders from butterflies enjoying end-of-season fruits. In the end, I chose this photo for its freshness, even though it's a bit entangled in the vegetation. It was taken early in the season at Durlston Country Park, Dorset, when the main target fo...
by MikeOxon
Sun Feb 04, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: Small White
Topic: Small White – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 9
Views: 138

Re: Small White – Favourite Photo of 2017

This started as a 'grab shot', when my wife spotted a butterfly high in a Magnolia tree, during our walk at Nuneham Arboretum near Oxford. I wasn't even sure what it was but posted it in my diary, where it received several 'likes'. Looking at the photo again, I can see how it makes an attractive ima...
by MikeOxon
Sat Feb 03, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Goldie M
Replies: 1980
Views: 42118

Re: Goldie M

Hi Goldie. It's the beak that shows that, although sometimes called Hedge Sparrows, these Dunnocks really are not Sparrows! The House Sparrow's deep, short beak is typical of seed feeders, whereas the Dunnock has a thin pointed beak, better for insects. We've not had many different species in our ga...
by MikeOxon
Mon Jan 29, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Small Skipper
Topic: Small Skipper – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 9
Views: 154

Re: Small Skipper – Favourite Photo of 2017

Yet another photo in this thread from my memorable afternoon in Bucknell Wood, near Silverstone, Northants.

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Bucknell Wood, Northants - 25th July 2017
Olympus E-M1 with 100-400 mm lens - 1/1250s@f/11 ISO 1000

Mike
by MikeOxon
Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: Adonis Blue
Topic: Adonis Blue - Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 13
Views: 588

Re: Adonis Blue - Favourite Photo of 2017

I always enjoy your compositions, Nigel, but for me that last one at Yoesden Bank is exceptional. I missed this species altogether, last year, so hope to make up for that in 2018.

Mike
by MikeOxon
Mon Jan 22, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Small Copper
Topic: Small Copper – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 12
Views: 232

Re: Small Copper – Favourite Photo of 2017

One of the things I like about this species is its habit of turning up when not expected. I was enjoying an end-of-season walk around Waterperry Gardens, near Oxford, when I spotted this small butterfly making the most of the late flowers:

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Waterperry Gardens, Oxon - 5th October 2017
Olympus E-M1 with 12-50 macro lens - 1/250s@f/9 ISO400

Mike
by MikeOxon
Mon Jan 22, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: Small Heath
Topic: Small Heath – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 11
Views: 208

Re: Small Heath – Favourite Photo of 2017

After reading the posts above, I have to hope that this little butterfly is not in serious decline. Although it tends to be over-looked by photographers seeking easier and more colourful targets, I think it has great 'character' and is an important component of sunny grassland sites. I took my photo...
by MikeOxon
Sat Jan 20, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Goldie M
Replies: 1980
Views: 42118

Re: Goldie M

Hi Goldie. Like you, I'm not great at bird identification but do enjoy photographing them. I think it is one of those things that you can develop a 'feel' for when you're young but, I'm afraid, I didn't. Coal Tit's are easy if you see the back of the head, with its white stripe, but at the angle of ...
by MikeOxon
Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:10 pm
Forum: Photography
Topic: Lumix GX8
Replies: 4
Views: 262

Re: Lumix GX8

..........If he sees this thread, MikeOxon may be able to offer better-informed opinion. I've seen this thread! I find the Panasonic/Leica 100-400 lens is very good indeed for both bird and butterfly photography. I often start at the 400mm end but, if the subject is amenable, I try to move closer a...
by MikeOxon
Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Goldie M
Replies: 1980
Views: 42118

Re: Goldie M

Hi Goldie, Mike I think that your first orchid is a Common Spotted Orchid.Thanks Maurice I think you may well be right, Maurice. The flower spike is probably too dense for a Fragrant. I looked at the photo for a while and thought that, if it was an individual flower at that location then Fragrant d...
by MikeOxon
Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Goldie M
Replies: 1980
Views: 42118

Re: Goldie M

Orchids are amongst the most sophisticated of all plants and many have developed extraordinarily close relationships with other species. For example, several of the British species depend on certain fungi being present in the roots, to supply them with essential nutrients. The Bird's Nest Orchid ( N...
by MikeOxon
Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Goldie M
Replies: 1980
Views: 42118

Re: Goldie M

Hi Goldie. Your first plant is a Great Mullein ( Verbascum thapsus ), which i recall seeing myself in the car-park at Gait Barrows. The others are all orchids. I think the first is probably one of the Fragrant Orchids (there are three similar species), while the other, darker ones, look like Norther...
by MikeOxon
Sun Jan 14, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: Silver-washed Fritillary
Topic: Silver-washed Fritillary – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 16
Views: 275

Re: Silver-washed Fritillary – Favourite Photo of 2017

I have already posted several photos in this 'Favourite Photo' thread from a splendid afternoon at Bucknell Wood, Northants., but this post goes to the heart of my excitement on that day :) I am very grateful to 'Art Frames' , who drew my attention to this wood. Before my visit, I had only seen sing...
by MikeOxon
Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Goldie M
Replies: 1980
Views: 42118

Re: Goldie M

Very nice bird shots, Goldie. Those Goosanders are part of a group known as 'Sawbills'. If you look at their beaks, you can see that they are a different shape from Ducks, with serrated edges to hold a fish well. Willow and Marsh Tits are very similar, but Willow Tits are now thriving much better in...
by MikeOxon
Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: Red Admiral
Topic: Red Admiral – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 13
Views: 240

Re: Red Admiral – Favourite Photo of 2017

I took this photo during an end-of-season walk on Otmoor - now an RSPB reserve and a remarkable re-claimed 'wilderness' just North of Oxford. This is a nice example of the fairly common aberration known as bialbata, because of the white spots within the red band in the wings.

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Otmoor, Oxon - 3rd October 2017
Olympus E-M1 with 100-400mm lens - 1/800s @ f/10 ISO 640

Mike
by MikeOxon
Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Ringlet
Topic: Ringlet – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 13
Views: 218

Re: Ringlet – Favourite Photo of 2017

Not a very exciting photo, I admit. This male Ringlet had seen better days but it's the only photo of this species that I took in 2017. In addition, it was part of my 'haul' on a remarkable afternoon at Bucknell Woods, Northants.

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Bucknell Woods, Northants - 25th July 2017
Olympus E-M1 with 100-400mm lens - 1/1600s @ f/11 ISO 1000

Mike
by MikeOxon
Sun Dec 31, 2017 9:42 pm
Forum: Purple Hairstreak
Topic: Purple Hairstreak – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 12
Views: 194

Re: Purple Hairstreak – Favourite Photo of 2017

Having scored a full threesome last week, I've a complete blank this time. Well, I did get one distant snap of a Purple Hairstreak, a long way up a tree, and 3/4 hidden behind a leaf, and far too embarrassing to call a 'favourite'.... Splendid photos from Bugboy, though :)

Mike
by MikeOxon
Wed Dec 27, 2017 2:55 pm
Forum: Peacock
Topic: Peacock – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 13
Views: 251

Re: Peacock – Favourite Photo of 2017

The Peacock is always a wonderful species for photography. I chose this shot, taken early in the season at my local Dry Sandford Pit reserve, as a favourite, because it is a little 'different':

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Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon - 26th March 2017
Olympus E-M1 with 100-400mm Lens - 1/640s@f/9 ISO 640

Mike

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