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petebfrance's Gallery Comments

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Butterfly by petebfrance


Paul and Mike
many thanks for the ID. Not one I've come across before, and the wind is so strong there (not exactly cliffs....) that I didn't get a good look at it. From the eyes (not sure if that's valid, really) I thought it might be related to the 'browns' and there are quite a few wall browns around there. Perhaps a Rock Grayling? Pity I didn't catch the forewing....

By: petebfrance

Sparrow by petebfrance


Quote: The Tree Sparrow has a black patch on each cheek, and doesn't have those small white markings above the eye, so I'm afraid this is probably a House Sparrow. I'm really no expert though Blush
If you're interested in some feedback, I think the out of focus background works well here, and the bird is positioned well in an attractive pose. However it's a shame that all those twigs are getting in the way and obscuring your subject... could have been a good shot otherwise.

Thanks for id and feedback. I have to admit I ignored the absence of the black marking because the top of the head looked more brown than grey.

By: petebfrance

Blackcap by petebfrance


Quote: You're getting out and about I see.Wink

Not quite - this was photographed in the back garden,. We had one turn up here last years as well.

By: petebfrance

Goldfinch by petebfrance


Thank-you for comments. It was actually taken through the kitchen window, otherwise I wouldn't have been able to get so close.

By: petebfrance

Butterfly close-up by petebfrance

Butterfly close-up

Quote: Its a common blue well taken and presented


Many thanks, Dave - it has to be a female then as the upper wings are very dark. Will post the photo later.....


By: petebfrance

Hummingbird Hawkmoth by petebfrance

Hummingbird Hawkmoth

Thanks, Cathy. I know it isn't the greatest photo ever, but I had been taking with them with flash before and wanted to get the eyes in focus this time, so used my camera's fastest shutter speed of 1/2000.

By: petebfrance

Green Woodpecker again by petebfrance

Green Woodpecker again

Quote: This beauty has eluded me so far. Like the eye level shot. Well done.

I've been trying for a few years to get a reasonable shot of one - the only ones I had before were of them peeping out from behind a tree-trunk. Now all I need is a an adult female, male and immature female.....ambitionSad

By: petebfrance

Green Woodpecker by petebfrance

Green Woodpecker

Many thanks for comments. Nathan and Terry, yes I agree. I had intended to remove it before posting but was distracted by the cricket (the Ashes - Australia were 7 down at the time, couldn't quite believe it!) I've posted both versions (with and without) on Photomonth, but can't replace this one...ah well, we live and learn!
Many thanks Alan, Malcom and Julia for the User awards.

regards, Pete

By: petebfrance

Newly Emerged Female Oak Eggar Moth by petebfrance

Newly Emerged Female Oak Eggar Moth

Many thanks for your comments, and to Bob Paige for the user award.
It was really a privilege to see it, but what a struggle the poor thing had to go through to get out. I hope it was worth the effort.


By: petebfrance

Long Tailed Blue Butterfly by petebfrance

Long Tailed Blue Butterfly

Merci, Jack, c'etait gentil de vousSmile


By: petebfrance

Whimbrel (probably) by petebfrance

Whimbrel (probably)

Quote: Whimbrel, probably.

Beak curving near the tip.

White underside???


Thanks. Sounds right, anyway, and I suspect that they are more common here.
I didn't get to see it for long. The shadows were very strong in the low afternoon sun, hence loads of correction to get some detail in the shadow side, so if there were any markings underneath I wouldn't have seen them.


By: petebfrance

Yellow on Yellow by Mstphoto

Yellow on Yellow

I love it!

By: Mstphoto

Sand Martins in Flight by NeilSchofield

Sand Martins in Flight

Brilliant - 7 and 10 are my favourites. They nest along the coast here and are wonderful to watch, but photographing them is something else altogether!

By: NeilSchofield

Cirl Bunting by petebfrance

Cirl Bunting

Quote: Nice capture.
Quite rare in my neighbourhood.

Not sure how rare/ common they are here. The first time I saw one was last year when we put food out for the birds and one paid a 'flying visit' and didn't stay. The area is getting more and more built-up so there is pressure on the birds, with the trees / hedges being bull-dozed down for new houses. I know very little about birds so identification was based on looking at books.
Around here the commonest bird is the Jackdaw.

By: petebfrance

Blue on Forget-Me-Not by petebfrance

Blue on Forget-Me-Not

Quote: Female Holly Blue?.....
Dave Wink

Could be. I wondered if it could be a male / female difference. My book on butterflies is fairly rudimentary so I usually end up checking on the internet.


By: petebfrance

Not Who We Were Hoping For by petebfrance

Not Who We Were Hoping For

Thanks, Nathan. Your comment is much appreciated. It was an 'interesting challenge' as they say, but I wanted to see if it would work.


By: petebfrance

a small village by joze

a small village

Beautiful - light is just right!

By: joze

St. Georges Hall, Liverpool by EG

St. Georges Hall, Liverpool

Brings back memories !

By: EG

THREE AULD SNAPS by youmightlikethis


Number 1 for me - I love the reflections.


By: youmightlikethis

Oyster Catcher Squabble by NeilSchofield

Oyster Catcher Squabble

Looks pretty violent!

By: NeilSchofield

Fluffball by jasonrwl


Beautiful shot!

By: jasonrwl

American Kestrel by Lillian

American Kestrel

Super shot

By: Lillian

Reed Cormorant and young by fatfranksfolley

Reed Cormorant and young

Nice. The red eyes are interesting - our local river / sea cormorants have green eyes!

By: fatfranksfolley

Checking the boat over by petebfrance

Checking the boat over

Chinga - I thought the shadow was rather nice too!

By: petebfrance

A Little Confused..... by PhilT2

A Little Confused.....

Excellent. This year I managed to photograph one in bay locally (Pors Tarz in Finistère) but against the light. I was surprised how big it was!


By: PhilT2

Yellow Moth by Ray12

Yellow Moth

Wow, what a beauty!

By: Ray12

Bluetit feeding by petebfrance

Bluetit feeding

Thanks for the recipe - it's so easy just to buy them, but maybe worth a try - at least then you know that everything is fresh.


By: petebfrance

European Kestral by FionaB

European Kestral

Looks really good in B&W

By: FionaB