Identifying Odonata

During a recent trip to Sarawak, I took a few photographs of dragonflies and damselflies. How to identify them? We live in a world where simply entering a species or genus name into a search engine (usually Google in my case) delivers a bewildering array of images, some correct, some clearly incorrect. Entering terms like…

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Wood white butterflies in Spain. I took this photo with a small compact camera, which shows that you do not need expensive equipment to get close!  It was only later when processing the image that I noticed that the butterfly on the left appears to have raised a partly unfurled proboscis.  Was it offering the…

Brown-headed gulls at Bang Poo

Brown-headed gull (Larus brunnicephalus) is a migratory species, which in summer breeds in central Asia (mainly on the high Tibetian plateau), but in winter can be found on the coasts of India and South East Asian, where it occurs in large gregarious flocks.  One such flock occurs in the gulf of Thailand on the mangrove mudflats at Bang Poo (a…