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by MikeOxon
Thu Oct 19, 2017 7:54 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Andrew555
Replies: 7
Views: 80

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: 1869
Views: 37134

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: 100
Views: 2342

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: 11
Views: 117

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: 256

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: 144

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: 808
Views: 24249

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: 1869
Views: 37134

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: 808
Views: 24249

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: 1869
Views: 37134

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: 808
Views: 24249

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...
by MikeOxon
Sat Sep 30, 2017 8:31 pm
Forum: Photography
Topic: Sigma 150-600 contemporary lens
Replies: 3
Views: 112

Re: Sigma 150-600 contemporary lens

I don't know this particular lens but there are a few things to bear in mind with all extra-long telephoto lenses: Atmospheric conditions can seriously affect sharpness, especially heat-haze. I have taken photos of a church tower, about 2 miles away across Otmoor - in cool weather, the clock was pin...
by MikeOxon
Tue Sep 05, 2017 5:21 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Goldie M
Replies: 1869
Views: 37134

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: 2816
Views: 76444

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: 2785
Views: 188852

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: 1869
Views: 37134

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: 144

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: 808
Views: 24249

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: 1869
Views: 37134

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: 240

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...

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