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by David M
Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Silver-washed Fritillary
Topic: Silver-washed Fritillary – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 13
Views: 113

Re: Silver-washed Fritillary – Favourite Photo of 2017

Didn't see too many of these in the UK. I was away for the start of their flight period but a handful kept popping up at the Brown Hairstreak site in Pembrokeshire during August. However, this species was around in near-pestilent numbers in the French Alps in July. I must have seen 500+, including s...
by David M
Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: Silver-washed Fritillary
Topic: Silver-washed Fritillary – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 13
Views: 113

Re: Silver-washed Fritillary – Favourite Photo of 2017

I came across this mating pair in a local wood in East Sussex. I particularly liked the first image as it shows just how well the pair blended into a leafy background. Great image those, DB. Yes, the first shows off the camouflage, but it's the second that's particularly striking. They posed very n...
by David M
Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Neil Hulme
Replies: 2850
Views: 201537

Re: Neil Hulme

bugboy wrote:Haha, looks like Minnie Padfield even turned up to that work party :lol:


Yes, it DOES look very like her, Bugboy! :)

Looks like a healthy gathering once again, Neil. I just hope this week's forecast storms don't do any damage. :(
by David M
Sun Jan 14, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: Silver-spotted Skipper
Topic: Silver-spotted Skipper – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 4
Views: 56

Re: Silver-spotted Skipper – Favourite Photo of 2017

Fantastic, Dave. That was certainly a memorable few days.
by David M
Sun Jan 14, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: Red Admiral
Topic: Red Admiral – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 12
Views: 155

Re: Red Admiral – Favourite Photo of 2017

Vince Massimo wrote:...but the extraordinary sight of 6 Red Admirals all nectaring on the same plant on 20th February 2017 gets the vote.


That would be a laudable image at any time of year, Vince, but it is quite extraordinary given it was taken in February!!
by David M
Sun Jan 14, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: Silver-studded Blue
Topic: Silver-studded Blue – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 5
Views: 67

Re: Silver-studded Blue – Favourite Photo of 2017

I saw good numbers of this species in France in 2017, but only two in the UK. However, it was one of my best ever butterflying days out, as it took place on 18th June when skies were clear and the temperature reached 28c in Pembrokeshire!! It was so hot I even took a dip in the sea. Here's one of th...
by David M
Sun Jan 14, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: Scotch Argus
Topic: Scotch Argus – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 8
Views: 152

Re: Scotch Argus – Favourite Photo of 2017

Wow! A mating pair! Well done, Neil. Shows the contrast between the sexes' undersides very clearly, and quite amusing in the sense that the male is literally 'hanging in there'. :)
by David M
Sun Jan 14, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Neil Freeman
Replies: 2247
Views: 93883

Re: Neil Freeman

Lovely sequence again, Neil (especially the female Large White). Less than 2 months to go till this year's action begins! :D
by David M
Sun Jan 14, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: essex buzzard
Replies: 1269
Views: 28536

Re: essex buzzard

Great images, Mark. They're like little kookaburras. Beautiful birds.
by David M
Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: Overseas
Topic: Butterflies of Var, Southern France
Replies: 291
Views: 13452

Re: Butterflies of Var, Southern France

Looks superb doesn't it, Roger?

The habitat images make my mouth water and anyone who can film a Camberwell Beauty emerging from a chrysalis must have an innate gift!
by David M
Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Goldie M
Replies: 1930
Views: 40715

Re: Goldie M

Not been to Pennington Flash for many years, but it's undoubtedly a great spot for birds. Well done photographing the Willow Tit. Lovely specimen.
by David M
Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Ringlet
Topic: Ringlet – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 13
Views: 169

Re: Ringlet – Favourite Photo of 2017

Although I saw many hundreds of Ringlets in 2017 I didn't take too many images.

On 26th June, at Alun Valley near Bridgend, I photographed this pair mating in the grass:

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Here's the female resting after the male had flown off:

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by David M
Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: Scotch Argus
Topic: Scotch Argus – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 8
Views: 152

Re: Scotch Argus – Favourite Photo of 2017

Thanks for the info, Iain. As you say, lack of recording may play a role as far as tracking this species' distribution is concerned, but I am always amazed how this butterfly can be extremely common in some areas yet absent from others. It's the same in the Lake District. The two known sites for the...
by David M
Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: essex buzzard
Replies: 1269
Views: 28536

Re: essex buzzard

Nice to see such an array of birds, Mark. That's one thing the UK is blessed with!
by David M
Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3104
Views: 97071

Re: Padfield

Well done with the QoS, Guy. As you say, it's strange how they remain active so far north when they do not appear till February further south. Perhaps you have a special microclimate?
by David M
Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Andrew555
Replies: 80
Views: 1555

Re: Andrew555

That's a magnificent shot of the kestrel, Andrew. You can see the intent in its eye.
by David M
Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Trevor
Replies: 1732
Views: 39368

Re: Trevor

Good stuff, Trevor. I'm sure all this work is doing your mind AND body a world of good!

Nice to see the early snowdrops too. A sure sign spring is round the corner.
by David M
Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Scotch Argus
Topic: Scotch Argus – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 8
Views: 152

Re: Scotch Argus – Favourite Photo of 2017

Lovely, sharp image of a fresh aethiops , Iain. All the guides have this species down as a predominantly western-based insect, so it's good to see there are colonies further east in your neck of the woods. I agree regarding their skittishness, however. Don't ever go photographing these butterflies o...
by David M
Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: Red Admiral
Topic: Red Admiral – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 12
Views: 155

Re: Red Admiral – Favourite Photo of 2017

I quite liked the backdrop to this Red Admiral image taken at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales on 27th August 2017:

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by David M
Tue Jan 09, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: Ringlet
Topic: Ringlet – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 13
Views: 169

Re: Ringlet – Favourite Photo of 2017

I was very pleased to see high numbers in June at Gordon Community Woodland of this species where every single umbellifer was decorated right royally by their presence. That's some image, Iain, particularly given that your area is outside the range where Ringlets would be considered commonplace ins...

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