Forgotten Frames

When I put posts together they are usually on a certain theme, maybe about a certain species or place I have visited.  As often happens there are shots I take that do not fit in so tend to get overlooked.  Today we have a bit of welcome rain good news, bad news I’m on holiday.  To kill a bit of time I’ve been looking through some files and found images that I quite like that never made the cut.  Thought I would share them.

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Brown Argus (Aricia agestis) in a hot July summer meadow
Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus). At first glance looks just like the butterfly above, it was even taken in the same meadow, can you ‘spot’ the difference?

Been awhile since I featured any photographs of birds and I know someone over in the U.S who will be pleased to see some.

Back in June I was checking out a small pool for a rare dragonfly when I was joined by this handsome Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea). Quite like the reflections of the reeds in the water and the bubbles
Last week at Upton Fen I saw this female Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus). It’s not in song but panting in the heat. Not a bad shot as it was taken with the macro lens!

24 thoughts on “Forgotten Frames

  1. Just looking back and forth between the two butterflies I couldn’t tell the difference. I did think I saw a blue cast on the body area of the common blue but wasn’t sure if it was true or just the power of suggestion in the name made me see it. Finally did spot by spot analysis and saw differences. Amazing that they are so similar.

    Tired to research to see if one was a mimic of the other to take advantage of something like the viceroy mimicking the monarch to take advantage of the monarch’s bad taste “reputation” but didn’t see it in the three article I read.

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    1. Well ‘spotted’ David! Yes it’s the number and positioning of the spots that is a sure way of telling the difference on the underwing. Upperwing the male Common Blue is, well, blue and the male Brown Argus yep brown so is the female. However the female Common Blue is brown with orange spots just like the Argus! All nice and easy, not! It’s not mimicry like the Monarch just a slight difference in species.

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  2. So glad your shared these images. I am not even going to try to tell the difference between the beautiful butterflies so that I don’t appear to be an idiot. I am sure “B” will appreciate the bird pictures after all he has been through these last few weeks.

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    1. You have a very good eye Greta! The difference is not great but to separate the two species it must be learned.
      Very surprised you do not know the Bunting, it can be quite common in wetlands with some scrub and has even featured on a 3f Belgium stamp.
      Thanks for popping by.

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  3. Thank goodness these forgotten frames have been remembered!

    Also, thanks to David for posting before I did so the subtle spotting differences were spotted and identities properly sorted. His comments and your explanation were, well, spot on!

    Lovely birds! I am familiar with that posture of the Reed Bunting. I could never be accused of “singing” but our heat and humidity definitely induce “panting” lately!

    Thanks for rescuing these splendid frames for us all to enjoy, Brian!

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  4. So fun to go back through some files and find images that need to be shared, glad you found these! The two butterfly shots do look like the same species until I really looked at them. Kudos on your expertise Brian! I love the birds too (of course!), wow, the Reed Bunting (f) is a beauty, and with a macro, double wow! 🙂

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  5. YEAH BIRDS! Thanks for the plug B. For a land that supposedly has limited feather coloring, that Grey Wagtail looks pretty impressive – very similar to our Western/Tropical Kingbirds. Although plainer that Bunting looks quiet stoic – not familiar with either of these birds so appreciate you introducing them to us. As I’ve mentioned previously, what you lack in bird coloring you more than make up in Butter beauty – we have a white one, a yellow one, and orange/black one and on special occasion you might see a large yellow/black one – that pretty much covers it around me. Sorry about the rain on your holiday!

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    1. Cheers B, we have the odd pretty coloured bird it’s just trying to get images of them! The male Reed Bunting is more showy with a jet black hood. Seen some pretty impressive butterfly images from the states but it’s a vast country so your area might not be so good.

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