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Forum: Greece & Greek Islands Friday 18th September 2015, 12:49
Replies: 6
Views: 3,071
Posted By CactusD
If the track is passable, Meladia valley is...

If the track is passable, Meladia valley is awesome.
Metochi lake in the mornings is also great.

Arguably Polichnitos saltpans are not at their best in spring. Areas around Kalloni saltpans, and...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Monday 8th September 2014, 19:05
Replies: 21
Views: 5,044
Posted By CactusD
Hi Mick - nice one, esp. the raptors, and the...

Hi Mick - nice one, esp. the raptors, and the TTPasha butterfly. The last butterfly here is in fact not a Long-tailed Blue, but a Lang's Short-tailed Blue (quite heavily worn). Long-tailed is...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Saturday 5th April 2014, 08:58
Replies: 49
Views: 7,142
Posted By CactusD
Mick, this new bird guide is very interesting. ...

Mick, this new bird guide is very interesting. I'm actually currently planning a trip to Northern Greece for summer butterflies, and this guide has some of the best site info I know of for some of...
Forum: Insects, Dragonflies, Arachnids, Beetles & More Friday 26th July 2013, 11:48
Replies: 3
Views: 454
Posted By CactusD
cool, thanks for that!

cool, thanks for that!
Forum: Insects, Dragonflies, Arachnids, Beetles & More Friday 26th July 2013, 08:06
Replies: 3
Views: 454
Posted By CactusD
ID please - Bee of Wasp??

A very small insect photographed yesterday morning asleep. Any ideas??
Length about 5mm. Location: North Oxfordshire, meadows.
Cheers!
D
Forum: Macro Photography Friday 26th April 2013, 06:16
Replies: 8
Views: 9,093
Posted By CactusD
Check out Moose Peterson's...

Check out Moose Peterson's test:
http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/2009/02/03/testing-for-a-project-the-nikon-r1c1/
Forum: Macro Photography Friday 26th April 2013, 06:12
Replies: 8
Views: 9,093
Posted By CactusD
I think there's an amusing training video on the...

I think there's an amusing training video on the Nikon website somewhere about this combo, inc. opening the large box! I suppose it works really well as a system as long as you figure out how to use...
Forum: Trees, Flowers, Plants and Shrubs Wednesday 24th April 2013, 15:11
Replies: 0
Views: 1,009
Posted By CactusD
Orchids of Samos

While people are waiting for the UK orchid season to get underway, perhaps they might enjoy reading about my recent trip to the Greek island of Samos, where I saw and photographed 27 different...
Forum: Greece & Greek Islands Saturday 13th April 2013, 14:30
Replies: 27
Views: 8,164
Posted By CactusD
Watch out Lesvos...

... the Dotterels are coming... One very unexpected passage migrant sighting today on the summit of Mt. Karvounis on Samos 100 miles south of Lesvos as the crow (or indeed Dotterel??) flies (GPS...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Monday 11th February 2013, 12:46
Replies: 58
Views: 8,927
Posted By CactusD
Nice work, Mick. Here's a link to the Lesvos...

Nice work, Mick.

Here's a link to the Lesvos trip report I buried in my 2011 year list (solo trip, flying with Aegean via Athens):
http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?p=2131478#post2131478
I had...
Forum: Butterflies and Moths Saturday 21st July 2012, 07:51
Replies: 83
Views: 7,069
Posted By CactusD
This is really very kind, David. Although this...

This is really very kind, David. Although this area (and Greece in general) is clearly very good for butterflies, it tends to get a little overlooked in favour of more popular destinations such as...
Forum: Butterflies and Moths Friday 20th July 2012, 10:13
Replies: 83
Views: 7,069
Posted By CactusD
I’ll finish off with a round-up of photos and an...

I’ll finish off with a round-up of photos and an overview Google Earth screengrab. If anyone is interested in further details please feel free to get in touch and I’ll see what I can do to...
Forum: Butterflies and Moths Friday 20th July 2012, 10:04
Replies: 83
Views: 7,069
Posted By CactusD
Moreover, my successes based only really on...

Moreover, my successes based only really on guesswork, the internet, and some maps, suggest that trips to other mountainous areas, at similar or other times of the year, could be great. I imagine...
Forum: Butterflies and Moths Friday 20th July 2012, 10:03
Replies: 83
Views: 7,069
Posted By CactusD
A quite superb trip with excellent weather, great...

A quite superb trip with excellent weather, great scenery, and some excellent sightings! An absolutely massive 51 lifers for me.

Definitely worth looking into if you’re interested in something a...
Forum: Butterflies and Moths Friday 20th July 2012, 10:03
Replies: 83
Views: 7,069
Posted By CactusD
Having said this, I was highly delighted at the...

Having said this, I was highly delighted at the varied range of species I did encounter. Personal highlights would have to be the Coppers, the variety of Blues, particularly including Pontic,...
Forum: Butterflies and Moths Friday 20th July 2012, 10:02
Replies: 83
Views: 7,069
Posted By CactusD
Final Comments

Dips, highlights, and comments on the season

There were a number of species I hoped to see but didn’t: I was slightly too late, slightly too early, or didn’t have specific enough info to find the...
Forum: Butterflies and Moths Friday 20th July 2012, 09:59
Replies: 83
Views: 7,069
Posted By CactusD
Reptiles: 1 Tortoise species seen lumbering...

Reptiles:

1 Tortoise species seen lumbering across a road; a number of deceased snakes on the roads – only one live snake seen, winding its way across the road (glistening brown, about 2-3 feet...
Forum: Butterflies and Moths Friday 20th July 2012, 09:58
Replies: 83
Views: 7,069
Posted By CactusD
Birds: a small but select list (40+9...

Birds: a small but select list (40+9 heard)

Sparrowhawk (1), Common Buzzard (4), Peregrine Falcon (1), Lesser Kestrel (3), Common Kestrel (1), Short-toed Eagle (1), Yellow-legged Gull (1 seen along...
Forum: Butterflies and Moths Friday 20th July 2012, 09:55
Replies: 83
Views: 7,069
Posted By CactusD
Trip Summaries

Final Butterfly total: 74 species (or 75 if you split the Chelmos-endemic Zephyr Blue as Plebeius brethertoni from the Zephyr Blue I saw at Mainalo). Of these, about 44 cannot be regularly seen in...
Forum: Butterflies and Moths Friday 20th July 2012, 09:53
Replies: 83
Views: 7,069
Posted By CactusD
Day 10 (continued)

Day-list total: 35

Trip-list additions:
74. AMANDA’S BLUE

Then back to Kalavryta for my final evening, before departing after breakfast for the drive back down the mountain to the coast, the...
Forum: Butterflies and Moths Friday 20th July 2012, 09:50
Replies: 83
Views: 7,069
Posted By CactusD
Day 10 (continued)

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Mt. Chelmos 1446m, 15:00-15:45
Here there were:
Clouded Yellow, BMW, Dusky Meadow Brown •, Brown Argus, Large White, Brimstone, Cleopatra, Large Tortoiseshell (maybe even the same individual I...
Forum: Butterflies and Moths Friday 20th July 2012, 09:42
Replies: 83
Views: 7,069
Posted By CactusD
Day 10 (continued)

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Chelmos Ski-Centre Side-road Gully 1700m+, 13:00–14.45
On this final visit, I explored the scrub below the track as well as the gully above, and saw:
Orbed Red Underwing Skipper, Glanville...
Forum: Butterflies and Moths Friday 20th July 2012, 08:36
Replies: 83
Views: 7,069
Posted By CactusD
Day 10 (continued)

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Moving on up the tarmac across the Xerokambos, I headed back to the rocky outcrop area with the ‘bandstand’ at 1567m, the location I first visited back on Day 2, again looking for Chelmos...
Forum: Butterflies and Moths Friday 20th July 2012, 08:19
Replies: 83
Views: 7,069
Posted By CactusD
Day 10 (continued)

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Mt. Chelmos 1446m, 09:50–10:40
Here I saw:
BMW, Scarce Swallowtail, Queen of Spain Fritillary, Large White, Brown Argus, Silver-studded Blue, Grecian Anomalous Blue, Chapman’s Blue, Brimstone,...
Forum: Butterflies and Moths Friday 20th July 2012, 08:14
Replies: 83
Views: 7,069
Posted By CactusD
Day 10 (continued)

Agia Lavra 950m

I started off with a final visit to Agia Lavra pre-breakfast, where I saw Common Blue, Meadow Brown, BMW, and Great Banded Grayling. No Hairstreaks today again: almost certainly...
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