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by David M
Wed Nov 22, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: essex buzzard
Replies: 1245
Views: 26814

Re: essex buzzard

Yes, I think a few frosts have finished things off. Although I saw a Red Admiral last week, I think my season has now finally come to an end. Mine probably finished on 5th November with a Red Admiral flyby in Abergavenny town centre so looks like my next will be in late February/early March. This l...
by David M
Wed Nov 22, 2017 3:02 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Neil Freeman
Replies: 2214
Views: 90755

Re: Neil Freeman

Great garden images, Neil. Looks pretty 'dapper' for November!

Lovely sunset too. The colours are most unusual.
by David M
Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:26 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Goldie M
Replies: 1896
Views: 38164

Re: Goldie M

That's an interesting shot of the WLH on the ground, Goldie. I've only ever see that happen overseas; never in the UK.

It must have given you quite a shock seeing that getting them down to even head level is quite a challenge!!
by David M
Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:24 pm
Forum: Grizzled Skipper
Topic: Grizzled Skipper - Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 5
Views: 54

Re: Grizzled Skipper - Favourite Photo of 2017

Managed a brief catch-up with Grizzlies at the Merthyr Mawr site in south Wales on 23rd April. Not much else was flying but I saw several malvae buzzing low across the short vegetation:

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by David M
Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:20 pm
Forum: Glanville Fritillary
Topic: Glanville Fritillary - Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 5
Views: 124

Re: Glanville Fritillary - Favourite Photo of 2017

With the colony at Sand Point in Somerset now extinct, I get my Glanville fix over in France these days. They can be scarce in the Alps during July, but they're always extremely common in the Pyrenees at the back end of May:

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by David M
Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:12 pm
Forum: Heath Fritillary
Topic: Heath Fritillary - Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 4
Views: 66

Re: Heath Fritillary - Favourite Photo of 2017

Lots of these seen in France in 2017, to the point where I scarcely pay them any attention.

This specimen in the Pyrenees was an aberrant though, although it may just have easily been a Meadow Fritillary, with which Heaths fly in this region at the back end of May:

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by David M
Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: Green-veined White
Topic: Green-veined White - Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 7
Views: 84

Re: Green-veined White - Favourite Photo of 2017

A much under-rated butterfly is the Green Veined White. I particularly like the late season individuals.

This one was photographed at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales on 17th September:

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by David M
Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:54 pm
Forum: Green Hairstreak
Topic: Green Hairstreak - Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 11
Views: 188

Re: Green Hairstreak - Favourite Photo of 2017

Didn't see too many Green Hairstreaks locally this year mainly due to the weather.

This one was probably the most memorable, providing a nice contrast on the yellow gorse flowers at Welshmoor on the Gower on 1st May:

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by David M
Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:49 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: November 2017
Replies: 43
Views: 1048

Re: November 2017

Spectacular figures, Vince. Is this mainly due to the abnormally large influx of this species in the latter half of the year?
by David M
Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:48 pm
Forum: Conservation
Topic: Highways England A27 Arundel Bypass Consultation
Replies: 19
Views: 656

Re: Highways England A27 Arundel Bypass Consultation

Neil Hulme wrote:I would suggest that if we haven't learned to live with our planet in 1000 years time, rather than suck the lifeblood out of it, we are in for one hell of a shock.


I reckon that shock will arrive within the next 100 years at the current rate. :(
by David M
Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:44 pm
Forum: Grayling
Topic: Grayling - Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 7
Views: 88

Re: Grayling - Favourite Photo of 2017

I only had one shot at Graylings in 2017, on the Isle of Man of all places on 5th August:

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by David M
Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:39 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: millerd
Replies: 2072
Views: 39676

Re: millerd

Interesting to see the Red Admiral was pottering around nettles. I wonder whether it was looking to lay?
by David M
Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:20 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3072
Views: 91223

Re: Padfield

Amazing you can find anything flying in those conditions, Guy. That image of La Batiaz looks almost ghostly, quite incompatible with butterfly activity!
by David M
Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:18 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: jackz432r
Replies: 620
Views: 22250

Re: jackz432r

Thanks for the image putting the habitat in context, Paul. At this time of year, those butterflies that are still active DO tend to keep to these microclimates.
by David M
Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:16 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Neil Freeman
Replies: 2214
Views: 90755

Re: Neil Freeman

Your garden is a proper little wildlife haven, Neil. Butterflies, moths and birds aplenty. There looks to be plenty to keep you interested through the winter.
by David M
Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:18 pm
Forum: Conservation
Topic: Highways England A27 Arundel Bypass Consultation
Replies: 19
Views: 656

Re: Highways England A27 Arundel Bypass Consultation

A very good riposte by Mr Barkham. Are we REALLY so insistent on saving a few minutes from our commute to cut swathes through landscape such as this?
by David M
Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:14 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: November 2017
Replies: 43
Views: 1048

Re: November 2017

millerd wrote:See within the last hour on my local patch near Heathrow, a lovely new female Holly Blue...


:shock: :shock: :shock:

I'm practically speechless, Dave!

Does your patch have undersoil heating?
by David M
Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:10 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Neil Hulme
Replies: 2808
Views: 192154

Re: Neil Hulme

Neil Hulme wrote:
Hi David
I'd love to spill the beans, but until all consents and permissions are obtained, it remains a plan. Fingers crossed!


I understand, Neil.

My donation will be forthcoming nonetheless.....as soon as we know what it's for! :D
by David M
Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:08 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: millerd
Replies: 2072
Views: 39676

Re: millerd

Your next mission should you choose to accept it is to photograph one on some frost encrusted Holly berries on Christmas Day Dave :D I've made some joking remarks about Dave's ability to conjure up late season Holly Blues from the ether lately, but given this latest sighting I can't be 100% sure th...
by David M
Fri Nov 17, 2017 6:44 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Goldie M
Replies: 1896
Views: 38164

Re: Goldie M

Getting close to nectaring White Letter Hairstreaks is always a notable moment, Goldie. I'm not surprised it proved to be such a highlight for you.

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