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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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  • 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.
    • 22 Oct 2016 8:15PM
  • Glasgow

    • 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....
    • 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


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

    • 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.

    • 5 Aug 2015 11:43PM
  • Macroglossum stellatarum

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

    Merci, Jack, c'etait gentil de vousSmile

    • 7 Jul 2015 7:43PM
  • 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.

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

    I love it!
    • 30 May 2015 3:10PM
  • 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!
    • 29 May 2015 9:58PM
  • 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.
    • 16 May 2015 8:03PM
  • 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.

    • 11 May 2015 1:40PM
  • 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.

    • 12 Apr 2015 6:33PM
  • a small village

    Beautiful - light is just right!
    • 12 Feb 2015 4:00PM
  • St. Georges Hall, Liverpool

    Brings back memories !
    • 12 Feb 2015 3:57PM

    Number 1 for me - I love the reflections.

    • 11 Feb 2015 7:00PM
  • Oyster Catcher Squabble

    Looks pretty violent!
    • 10 Feb 2015 12:20PM