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by bugboy
Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Bugboys mission
Replies: 1558
Views: 37529

Re: Bugboys mission

Thanks, Here's a couple more images from yesterday. They would occasionally become restless, either spooked by something (I never saw any birds of prey ) but I think they could sense the tide turning. I didn't stay long enough to get the full murmuration effect as they left for the afternoon feeding...
by bugboy
Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Bugboys mission
Replies: 1558
Views: 37529

Re: Bugboys mission

Thanks Goldie , yes I hope I can put a name to it, most of my fungi images are nameless :lol: It is Andrew , it's a good spot to visit whatever your interest I think :) Thanks Wurzel , just shows there's always something to find, even on the coldest, dreariest days :) 16th January, Essex Back in Oct...
by bugboy
Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: Silver-studded Blue
Topic: Silver-studded Blue – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 6
Views: 103

Re: Silver-studded Blue – Favourite Photo of 2017

Chobham Common is my regular site for this species and they had a decent year there last year, spread out a fair bit more then I've seen in previous years. This first female is a fave simply because of her stunning set of studs! Silver-studded Blue female, Chobham Common.JPG and a couple of males se...
by bugboy
Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: Silver-washed Fritillary
Topic: Silver-washed Fritillary – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 14
Views: 163

Re: Silver-washed Fritillary – Favourite Photo of 2017

I took a fair few pictures of these but most, now I've looked through them are decidedly average. I suspect my attention was focused on getting White Admiral pictures of which there were LOTS at Bookham this year, as well as those Purple ones that did so well this year. Anyway here's one of each sex...
by bugboy
Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: Silver-spotted Skipper
Topic: Silver-spotted Skipper – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 6
Views: 98

Re: Silver-spotted Skipper – Favourite Photo of 2017

I always find the challenge of getting them as they sway atop one of their favoured nectar sources, Scabious, frustratingly enjoyable, making the ones that turn out in focus all the more satisfying :)
Silver-spotted Skipper female, Box Hill.JPG

Silver-spotted Skipper male, Box Hill.JPG
by bugboy
Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Neil Hulme
Replies: 2857
Views: 201945

Re: Neil Hulme

Haha, looks like Minnie Padfield even turned up to that work party :lol:
by bugboy
Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Bugboys mission
Replies: 1558
Views: 37529

Re: Bugboys mission

Thanks Wurzel and Andrew , those Goosander were indeed firmly stationed in the center of the lake, luckily it's a smallish lake so still just about in range for me :) (the picture is rather cropped :wink:) Looks like it doesn't it Goldie :) 12th January, Bookham My first trip of the year to (a very ...
by bugboy
Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Wurzel
Replies: 3203
Views: 151976

Re: Wurzel

Wonderful Autumnal selection, that Comma in particular looks so crisp I can almost pluck from my screen :)
by bugboy
Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Goldie M
Replies: 1939
Views: 40872

Re: Goldie M

Hello again Goldie , I think your Willow Tit shots (particularly the first one ) show the fine id points of a Willow Tit really clearly,ie. the Black crown showing a "matt" finish ,as opposed to being Glossy in a Marsh Tit ,the very "Bull" neck of the Willow Tit ,a Marshes being...
by bugboy
Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: Red Admiral overwintering 2017-2018
Replies: 55
Views: 1555

Re: Red Admiral overwintering 2017-2018

A first visit to Bookham for the year gave me a chance to check on the single Red Admiral egg I found 34 days ago. Although the nettle it is laid upon has been somewhat withered by frost in the intervening days, it still looks to be viable. IMG_0078.JPG On a neighboring leaf I was surprised to find ...
by bugboy
Tue Jan 09, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Bugboys mission
Replies: 1558
Views: 37529

Re: Bugboys mission

Thanks Andrew, just a bit of messing around really :). Only the one to go noe, what could possibly go wrong :D :lol: I spent the afternoon walking around Epping Forest again today, looking for these mystical Hawfinch that have invaded the east of the country this winter, they remain elusively mystic...
by bugboy
Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:05 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Bugboys mission
Replies: 1558
Views: 37529

Re: Bugboys mission

The sun came out for a decent amount of time today so I was able to get a few better shots of my WLH egg today at work. Thankfully it still remains invisible to the numerous small birds that are constantly foraging in the vicinity. IMG_0053.JPG IMG_0121.JPG I've done a few searches since finding thi...
by bugboy
Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: Red Admiral
Topic: Red Admiral – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 12
Views: 169

Re: Red Admiral – Favourite Photo of 2017

A couple from my home from home, Bookham Commons: the first a springtime image
Red Admiral, Bookham Commons.JPG

and the second, a vibrant example from late in the season.
Red Admiral female, Bookham Commons.JPG
by bugboy
Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: Ringlet
Topic: Ringlet – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 13
Views: 176

Re: Ringlet – Favourite Photo of 2017

My fav is this ab arete . It was a rare dry day (although still overcast) on the afternoon I arrived in Edinburgh and found during my failed attempt to find the small colonies of NBA at Holyrood Park. With the forecast pretty dreadful for the weeks stay, I'd dumped my stuff at the hostel and shot of...
by bugboy
Fri Jan 05, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Wurzel
Replies: 3203
Views: 151976

Re: Wurzel

Wurzel wrote:January 2018

Finally got round to start work on the calendar...

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Now you just need to finish your 2017 reports :wink:
by bugboy
Tue Jan 02, 2018 9:10 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Neil Freeman
Replies: 2249
Views: 94073

Re: Neil Freeman

Again some :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: for your avian garden visitors, Bullfinch I only ever glimpse occasionally these days as they dart into the undergrowth and I don't think I've ever seen a winter Blackcap, even though they're everywhere all spring and summer long!
by bugboy
Tue Jan 02, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Bugboys mission
Replies: 1558
Views: 37529

Re: Bugboys mission

That's an ingenious way of summarising your yearly 'missions', Bugboy. You've come a long way since 2014, that's for sure. I've no doubt you'll bag the Mountain Ringlet this summer to make your chart complete, and you may well encounter one or two more 'exotics' as well! Best of luck with it! :) Th...
by bugboy
Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:21 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Bird ID
Replies: 5
Views: 204

Re: Bird ID

It's either a Rock or Water Pipit David, I'm not familiar enough with them to say which though. Looking at my Collins guide it looks to have features of both but then they are very similar and there is a bit of 'cross-over' with some of the diagnostic features, particularly in their winter plumage.
by bugboy
Sun Dec 31, 2017 7:00 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Bugboys mission
Replies: 1558
Views: 37529

Re: Bugboys mission

Last week, on the only sunny day, I found myself with half an hour spare at work (ssshhhhh) so I decided to have a look at some Elm suckers in a disused corner, something I planned to do last year but never got round to it. As it turned out it was a worthwhile use of my time, I discovered a single W...
by bugboy
Sun Dec 31, 2017 6:47 pm
Forum: Pearl-bordered Fritillary
Topic: Pearl-bordered Fritillary – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 7
Views: 147

Re: Pearl-bordered Fritillary – Favourite Photo of 2017

My annual trip to Abbots Wood gave me this fine looking ab. nigromarginata Pearl-bordered Fritillary ab. nigromarginata, Abbots Wood.JPG and this mating pair flopped down at my feet in the middle of the path. Fearing a fatality before the deed was complete (it seemed to be a rather busy day) I coaxe...

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