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    Look kids, the last butterfly of the year

    Seen flitting through our garden this morning was a small tortoise shell butterfly, of which we haven't seen many of this year. Unfortunately, we have seen a lot of garden spiders and the females are feeding up atm. This one is having butterfly for lunch.

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    Isn't nature wonderful?
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    Indeed - some good shots there - I've had problems with wasps around my hives this year - this is a dual to the death I managed to snap [ and it won 4th place in a comp this year ]



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    Something I managed to snap on holiday this year.
    Look kids, the last butterfly of the year-dsc00265.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkeh View Post
    Something I managed to snap on holiday this year.
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    Excellent.

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    Look kids, the last butterfly of the year-original.jpg
    I managed to catch this a fortnight ago ... and then tweaked it slightly ...
    Look kids, the last butterfly of the year-small.jpg

    I think I need to get a better camera than a cheap, tesco-bought Canon powershot though ...

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    Nothing wrong with those - because of my arm I have not been able to do much photography this year as I have been unable to hold the camera for long periods. I'm having a minor op on it Tuesday so hopefully two years of pain and hassle may be coming to an end. I did take a few though - this is my fav pic I took this year:



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    I took a snap on my phone of a sparrowhawk earlier...here it is

    Look kids, the last butterfly of the year-sparrowhawk.jpg

    They like our house as we have a den of foxes under our shed, and they take the scraps the foxes leave behind (the foxes themselves rarely enter our garden unless its to dump the food, but thankfully the birds take it after...win win win win win! lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    I took a snap on my phone of a sparrowhawk earlier...here it is

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    They like our house as we have a den of foxes under our shed, and they take the scraps the foxes leave behind (the foxes themselves rarely enter our garden unless its to dump the food, but thankfully the birds take it after...win win win win win! lol
    That's a super shot. There's a sparrowhawk where I live which I've seen in the garden three or four times. Do they take pigeons and collared doves? If so that might explain why the house opposite no longer has 40+ pigeons roosting on it at night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattx View Post
    Indeed - some good shots there - I've had problems with wasps around my hives this year - this is a dual to the death I managed to snap [ and it won 4th place in a comp this year ]

    http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6194/...7afd39583a.jpg

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    http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6194/...39583a_b_d.jpg
    Quote Originally Posted by mattx View Post
    Nothing wrong with those - because of my arm I have not been able to do much photography this year as I have been unable to hold the camera for long periods. I'm having a minor op on it Tuesday so hopefully two years of pain and hassle may be coming to an end. I did take a few though - this is my fav pic I took this year:

    http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6066/...9bbf3eda_z.jpg

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    Great shots Matt, saw the latter on flickr when you uploaded it but missed the duel, that's a fantastic shot

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattx View Post
    Indeed - some good shots there - I've had problems with wasps around my hives this year - this is a dual to the death I managed to snap [ and it won 4th place in a comp this year ]

    http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6194/...7afd39583a.jpg

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    http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6194/...39583a_b_d.jpg
    Did you see it to the end? Who won?!

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    The sparrowhawks up here take pigeons in mid flight...quite something!

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    Took this on my iphone a while back. Not the best of cameras but this came out ok ...

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    We sepnt the afternoon looking in rockpools at Clevelys north of Blackpool today and we found this baby crab. And yes, that is the skin on my wifes hand it is on to give you a sense of scale!

    Look kids, the last butterfly of the year-tiny-crab.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by andy View Post
    Did you see it to the end? Who won?!
    The wasp tends to win one on ones as they can sting multiple times. They tend to lose when they go into the hives and the guard bees surround them and crush and cook them.
    Not a very good site to see sometimes checking over a hive when there has been a large wasp bee fight.....

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