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petebfrance

Hello
It's a bit of a mixed bag here, but what the heck. Photos of various things including local birds and butterlies - photography fits nicely in with lifeSmile
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  • Butterfly - Re-uploaded

    We get a few flying through, but since new neigbours arrived - one lot cut down an old 'wild hedge' and the other actually cuts the grass rather than leaving it grow - very little. I think most of their local habitats have been destroyed.
    • 6 May 2018 1:21PM
  • Green Woodpecker - showing tail!

    Thanks Dave. I've managed a few times, but not usually so clearly - once the trees are in leaf they are very difficult to spot, but as this tree is next-door to us and they often annouce their presence with their 'manic laugh' I have it a bit easier.
    When he sings it means it's going to rain, apparently, something to do with the sound being similar to the French for rain - I can't remember the exact quote.
    • 15 Apr 2018 12:47PM
  • Night 'Townscape'


    Quote:Very nice. Where is this?

    Thank-you. This is Audierne, in Brittany - north-west France. The view is from our living-room window.

    regards
    Pete
    • 2 Jan 2018 3:10PM
  • Brambling


    Quote:We spend an hour or so in a hide at Bashley Park today holing to see one of these, but alas it wasn't meant to be. Great shot for you. Pam

    Thank-you. It was in the back garden when we came home from shopping - opened the shutters and it flew to a tree opposite and gave us most indignant stare before flying off. Haven't seen one since - luck and a quick 'grab-shot' before it took off.... I hope you manage to see one - it's rather nice.
    • 1 Dec 2017 8:02PM
  • Bird On The Wire

    I'm not sure what it is, tbh, Tony. I think it's a stonechat, but could well be wrong!
    • 23 Jul 2017 1:11PM
  • Ballet Dance

    Beautiful.
    • 6 Mar 2017 8:47PM
  • couple

    Great!
    • 6 Mar 2017 4:39PM
  • Sound of serenity .

    Lovely.
    • 6 Mar 2017 4:36PM
  • Back into the earth

    Hi Ron.
    Thank-you for commenting (and voting). The picture was taken at the edge of a boatyard on the bend of the river (Goyen in Brittany) upstream of the fishing port. Old wooden boats when they are past repair are run aground and left to decay. There are a number of them there, and this one was probably a small private fishing boat rather than one of the big guys. On that part of the river, away from the town, there's a sandbank where the sea-birds gather, and kingfishers use the higher parts of some of the wrecks as look-out posts. I saw one flashing past earlier, and that's what drew me to where the photo was taken.
    A pleasant spot when the traffic over the bridge dies down.
    regards
    Pete
    • 22 Oct 2016 8:15PM
  • Glasgow

    Excellent
    • 9 Sep 2016 8:34PM
  • Sunrise colours

    Magic shot!
    • 9 Sep 2016 8:30PM
  • Moth

    Tony / Karen
    many thanks for the ID.
    • 29 Mar 2016 3:30PM
  • Blackcap


    Quote:Great photograph, I saw my first one on my birdtable today. Grin


    I first saw one in the garden about two years ago. A couple have started appearing more regularly over the last year. According to my book they don't come this far west in Brittany, so it looks like they are moving in!
    • 12 Mar 2016 8:13PM
  • Singing Robin - again

    Thanks, Chris, I'm never sure if it's just me messing things up.
    Yes, Robins are lovely. We don't have a large garden but there seems to be one that 'owns' each end.
    • 26 Jan 2016 4:40PM
  • Away From It All - Summer


    Quote:That's brightened my day 😆. .....seems sad that she's alone 😕

    Thank-you. She wasn't actually alone, though, so need to be sadSmile The (dreamy) hazy effect is from using the bloom filter in Photoscape - I'm rather pleased with it.
    • 15 Dec 2015 4:42PM
  • Song Thrush


    Quote:Not a lot about these days Peter - Well spotted and captured!!

    That's sad - we do occasionally see them but not very often I must admit.
    • 2 Dec 2015 6:59PM
  • Bangor Fireworks Display

    Great shot!
    • 29 Nov 2015 2:12PM
  • Butterfly

    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....
    regards
    Pete
    • 22 Nov 2015 7:57PM
  • Sparrow


    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.
    • 4 Nov 2015 10:50AM
  • Blackcap


    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.
    • 4 Nov 2015 10:40AM
  • Goldfinch

    Thank-you for comments. It was actually taken through the kitchen window, otherwise I wouldn't have been able to get so close.
    • 23 Oct 2015 9:29PM
  • Butterfly close-up


    Quote:Its a common blue well taken and presented

    David


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

    regards
    Pete
    • 23 Sep 2015 8:06PM
  • 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.
    • 22 Aug 2015 10:43PM
  • 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
    • 8 Aug 2015 11:43AM
  • 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
    • 6 Aug 2015 2:12PM
  • 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.

    regards
    Pete
    • 5 Aug 2015 11:43PM
  • Macroglossum stellatarum

    Brilliant!
    • 4 Aug 2015 5:11PM
  • Long Tailed Blue Butterfly

    Merci, Jack, c'etait gentil de vousSmile

    salutations
    Pete
    • 7 Jul 2015 7:43PM
  • Whimbrel (probably)


    Quote:Whimbrel, probably.

    Beak curving near the tip.

    White underside???

    G.


    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.

    regards
    Pete
    • 2 Jun 2015 4:44PM
  • Yellow on Yellow

    I love it!
    • 30 May 2015 3:10PM