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Paul Westell

  • Joined November 18th, 2012
  • City Ladysmith, B.C.
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Paul Westell commented on "Sphinx" 2017-06-19 9:35pm

Some species of Sphinx Moth can be seen feeding in late afternoon and may be mistaken for hummingbirds.

I put up UV lights (a bug-light with the zapper disconnected) to attract moths, and photoghraph them "in situ". Be patient.

My favorite shooting combination is a 50mm lens, 12mm extension tube, and camera mounted floodlamp, all hadheld with no flash. A diopter can fog up on cold nights, but may be easier to use with some modern cameras..

Check here for range and flight time information on Sphinx moths and Saturniid moths:
"http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/slow.php?plate=20&sort=h"
"http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/slow.php?plate=19&sort=h"

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Paul Westell commented on "Landing Pad" 2017-06-03 12:00am

This is a Clymene Moth (Haploa clymene), one of the Erebidae or Tigermoths, which look to be common in your area. Clymene is a common name in Greek mythology, identified with 11 different individuals (see Wikipedia).

For more information on the Clymene Moth see:
the "Moth Photogtapher's Group" http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/species.php?hodges=8107
and "Bug Guide" http://bugguide.net/node/view/4371

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Paul Westell commented on "3 snakes in the grass" 2017-05-27 8:14pm

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Those look to be <i>Nerodia sipedon</i> or Northern Watersnakes.
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The two small ones are probably a couple of years old (at least) and unrelated to the adult.

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Paul Westell commented on "Jumping spider" 2017-05-27 8:12pm

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I am lucky to have my jumping spiders in focus at all, they are so small and usually moving very fast.
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I see you used a 500mm lens, were you also using extension tubes - maybe 32mm?

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Paul Westell commented on "Scraps" 2017-04-14 4:12pm

Thanks Jenny. I began shooting before I had the zoom pulled back.
Just moments before, I had captured (but badly out of focus) a Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, and some species of large gull in the same shot; and all three flying below mast height through the marina.

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