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by Pete Eeles
Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: Red Admiral overwintering 2017-2018
Replies: 75
Views: 2314

Re: Red Admiral overwintering 2017-2018

I agree - excellent data and observations, Vince!

Cheers,

- Pete
by Pete Eeles
Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: Scottish White-letters latest.
Replies: 10
Views: 196

Re: Scottish White-letters latest.

An incredible find - and the current item on the UKB home page :)

Cheers,

- Pete
by Pete Eeles
Sat Feb 17, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: Red Admiral overwintering 2017-2018
Replies: 75
Views: 2314

Re: Red Admiral overwintering 2017-2018

Excellent observations Paul and Vince; I am in awe!

The small number of larvae I have are still in place, but developing very very slowly. As Vince hints at, the biggest challenge is maintaining viable foodplant which really seems to suffer in the freezing temperatures.

Cheers,

- Pete
by Pete Eeles
Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Photography
Topic: Canon 6D and Lightroom 2
Replies: 7
Views: 130

Re: Canon 6D and Lightroom 2

Lightroom v2 was released in April 2008. The Canon 6D was released in September 2012. I think that 4.5 year difference is the problem. These days you'll find most software moving to a subscription service, whether this is Lightroom, Photoshop, Microsoft Office etc. and I subscribe to these by defaul...
by Pete Eeles
Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: Sites
Topic: Info needed - Bentley Wood, Hampshire
Replies: 6
Views: 177

Re: Info needed - Bentley Wood, Hampshire

Hi Kevin - I wouldn't mention the Marsh Frits to be honest given that we don't publish sites where the combination of species and site is fragile (which, at Bentley, this species is). Visitors may also be disappointed were they to visit Bentley and not find them, although there used to be the occasi...
by Pete Eeles
Wed Feb 07, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: Red Admiral overwintering 2017-2018
Replies: 75
Views: 2314

Re: Red Admiral overwintering 2017-2018

I would just like to say that, since I posted a link to this thread on Twitter, there has been nothing but positive feedback. So keep up the good work everyone - excellent field observations!

Cheers,

- Pete
by Pete Eeles
Wed Feb 07, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3130
Views: 98924

Re: Padfield

Wurzel wrote:That Small Tort is a great sight Guy, it means that UK ones can't be far behind :D

Have a goodun

Wurzel


That's exactly what I thought, Wurzel! This has been a long long winter!

Cheers,

- Pete
by Pete Eeles
Sun Jan 21, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Jack Harrison
Replies: 733
Views: 45441

Re: Jack Harrison

E.B.'s Butterflies is one of my favourite books - and I still refer back to it today since it goes deep in so many subjects. In fact, it puts some modern-day publications to shame! I happen to own 2 copies since I wanted to get a 1st edition to see what was originally written. The Oxford Uni. Museum...
by Pete Eeles
Wed Jan 10, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Meadow Brown ab ? Gate Keeper ab ? Goldie
Replies: 5
Views: 143

Re: Meadow Brown ab ? Gate Keeper ab ? Goldie

Hi Goldie,

The Gatekeeper is most likely ab. excessa (see http://www.ukbutterflies.co.uk/aberrati ... s=tithonus).

The Meadow Brown is possibly ab. biocellata (see http://www.ukbutterflies.co.uk/aberrati ... es=jurtina).

Cheers,

- Pete
by Pete Eeles
Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3130
Views: 98924

Re: Padfield

Advice on how best to proceed to give them (and the others I shall go looking for) a chance of living would be greatly appreciated. Great work Guy! The biggest challenge with White-letters in captivity, in my experience, is that the eggs hatch too early, and the larvae develop too quickly. I've tri...
by Pete Eeles
Sun Dec 24, 2017 11:06 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Christmas Greetings 2017 !!
Replies: 14
Views: 653

Re: Christmas Greetings 2017 !!

Happy Xmas everyone!

Cheers,

- Pete
by Pete Eeles
Sun Dec 17, 2017 10:15 am
Forum: Competitions
Topic: Annual 2017 Competition
Replies: 37
Views: 2333

Re: Annual 2017 Competition

Maybe there could be a category of "camera cost under £100" to encourage the less affluent snappers among us :wink: Aside from the fact that most would agree that it's the photographer and not the equipment that results in good photos, I have no idea how anyone would determine how much a ...
by Pete Eeles
Wed Dec 13, 2017 11:06 am
Forum: Competitions
Topic: Annual 2017 Competition
Replies: 37
Views: 2333

Re: Annual 2017 Competition

Way back, we used to run monthly competitions, but during the off season ( October- March) we ran themed competitions. Before we come up with some potentially great new categories, only to find we receive just a couple of entries. It could be worth the time trawling through them, to see what catego...
by Pete Eeles
Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:33 pm
Forum: Competitions
Topic: Annual 2017 Competition
Replies: 37
Views: 2333

Re: Annual 2017 Competition

It would also help if decent image sizes can be handled in the comp. For my shots, I got really close (28mm wide angle at antennae prodding distance!) and it is a shame to capture all the scale detail and then lose it in image size reduction. This hasn't been an issue to date. At the end of the day...
by Pete Eeles
Sat Dec 09, 2017 8:30 am
Forum: Competitions
Topic: Annual 2017 Competition
Replies: 37
Views: 2333

Re: Annual 2017 Competition

The exif data doesn't seem to be available now that the competition has ended Not sure where you're looking, but if you go to the competition albums, then all of the EXIF data is there (just click on an image to go to the appropriate page, and you'll see it). Apologies - I missed this post! Cheers,...
by Pete Eeles
Sat Dec 09, 2017 8:27 am
Forum: Competitions
Topic: Annual 2017 Competition
Replies: 37
Views: 2333

Re: Annual 2017 Competition

petesmith wrote:does keeping the exif data available with the photos cause problems in terms of the file sizes?


No, it doesn't, and I agree that it could be useful for others to see.

Cheers,

- Pete
by Pete Eeles
Fri Dec 08, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: Competitions
Topic: Annual 2017 Competition
Replies: 37
Views: 2333

Re: Annual 2017 Competition

How many have been taken with compact or bridge, not many. In the right hands, you can get images like those that win from a bridge camera with a close up lens. But it has to be in the right hands. Indeed (again!). Neil Hulme, Mark Colvin and others are using relatively-cheap equipment, and produce...
by Pete Eeles
Fri Dec 08, 2017 3:51 pm
Forum: Competitions
Topic: Annual 2017 Competition
Replies: 37
Views: 2333

Re: Annual 2017 Competition

So a rubbish photographer with a £300 DSLR, will still be a rubbish photographer £5000 DSLR. Very very true! In terms of "spicing things up" I was simply thinking about different categories than the norm - such as "butterflies in their landscape" or "butterflies in flight&q...
by Pete Eeles
Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: Competitions
Topic: Annual 2017 Competition
Replies: 37
Views: 2333

Re: Annual 2017 Competition

Hi Chris - understood. Will have a think and try and come up with a proposal early next year, before things kick off.

Cheers,

- Pete
by Pete Eeles
Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:36 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3130
Views: 98924

Re: Padfield

Padfield wrote:This was taken on my walk home from school, crossing the Chesières bridge


Just brilliant. "Ice and fire" and definitely one to stick on the wall :)

Cheers,

- Pete

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