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  1. steve covey

    A trio from Marrakech, Morocco for ID please

    Many thanks to you all for your prompt replies everyone. The Moussiers Redstart had me completely thrown |:$| I'll pass your ID's along to my friend. Thank you, Steve.
  2. steve covey

    A trio from Marrakech, Morocco for ID please

    A friend has recently been on a short trip to Morocco, staying at Marakech. He was mostly hoping to see and photograph local insects so didn't really have the right lens for getting close ups of birds. Hence the accompanying shots are quite enlarged and a little grainy as a result. The bird of...
  3. steve covey

    Shieldbugs.

    Yes, I agree. Nice find :t: Cheers, Steve.
  4. steve covey

    Shieldbugs.

    Snap! I found one at Conigre Mead Wiltshire Wildlife Trust reserve at Melksham last Sunday. My first - still not seen an adult!
  5. steve covey

    South African Moth

    Many thanks Martin. I'll pass that info along to Wayne. Cheers, Steve.
  6. steve covey

    South African Moth

    That looks spot on Dave! Many thanks :)
  7. steve covey

    South African Moth

    Hi all, my friend Wayne has just got back from a holiday in the Cape area of South Africa. The attached photo was ,in his opinion, the best moth he saw. But as neither he or I have literature on lepidoptera of the region I was hoping someone on here might be able to help with ID. TIA, Steve.
  8. steve covey

    Shieldbugs.

    Hopefully our climate is too cold for them to become established and a pest. Although the Harlequin Ladybird has followed a similar pattern in the States - and become well established here too. So who knows....
  9. steve covey

    Shieldbugs.

    Down Shieldbug refound! I see there have been no posts for some time on here so thought I'd get the ball rolling again! Last Thursday a friend and I visited Pewsey Downs NNR in the hope of finding the Down Shieldbug (Canthophorus impressus) which was noted in the original SSSI documentation and...
  10. steve covey

    Shieldbugs.

    Looks like Red-legged Shieldbug/Forest Bug [Pentatoma rufipes] to me!
  11. steve covey

    Kirstenbosch Sunbird, South Africa

    Brilliant! Thanks very much Will :t:
  12. steve covey

    Kirstenbosch Sunbird, South Africa

    Here's another shot my friend took on his visit to the Western Cape, South Africa last year. It's a juvenile male [I think] Sunbird taken at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens on 7th December 2012. I wondered if it could be Double Collared or Malachite Sunbird. Not much colour showing through...
  13. steve covey

    A Scrub-warbler? Western Cape, South Africa

    Brilliant! Thanks for the confirmation Mark :t:
  14. steve covey

    A Scrub-warbler? Western Cape, South Africa

    A friend recently [8th Dec 2012] visited the Western Cape area of South Africa. It was mostly a trip to find and photograph Odonata but he took some bird shots too [he's not really into birding and I'm only familiar with European species!]. Any chance of identifying this one please? I'm guessing...
  15. steve covey

    The Hoverfly Thread

    Hi Andrew, yes - E. corollae looks favourite; a female I think. Cheers, Steve.
  16. steve covey

    The Hoverfly Thread

    Never happened to me Jamie :o)
  17. steve covey

    The Hoverfly Thread

    Hi Kathy, looks to me like a Honey Bee [Apis mellifera]. But hard to be sure from the angle of the shot. Cheers, Steve.
  18. steve covey

    Shanghai Wagtail

    Many thanks Jane, I did wonder if it was some type of Motacilla alba - I think I was hoping to report back to my friend he had a shot of an 'exotic' wagtail;o) The taxonomy is a bit of a nightmare I guess so will probably have to leave it as M. alba...
  19. steve covey

    Shanghai Wagtail

    Hi again, my friend has sent me another bird pic from his trip to Shanghai in August this year. It's obiously a wagtail of some sort but not sure which. Any help gratefully received. TIA. Steve.
  20. steve covey

    ID req'd please for Nairobi, Kenya Skipper/Dart butterfly

    Hi all, my friend had a brief trip to Nairobi last month and this lovely skipper [hesperidae] was one he saw. Any ideas as to it's name would be very welcome - even if it's only down to genus. TIA Steve.
  21. steve covey

    Shieldbugs.

    Nice one! I haven't seen any this autumn yet - although I did see some adults back in the Spring [seems a long time ago now...]
  22. steve covey

    Babbler sp.? Shanghai, China.

    Thanks Sid, I'll pass that info along to my friend. Cheers, Steve.
  23. steve covey

    Babbler sp.? Shanghai, China.

    Thanks China Guy. My friend has a few more bird pics to ID, I think, so we may prevail upon you [both?] again - neither of us have any bird guides covering China!
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