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Denise (guest) 12 Apr 2017 09:25
in discussion Site Feedback / Feedback » Site Feedback

Please may I have permission to use the photograph of the oil in the fir tree to paint. I am an amatuer painter.
Many thanks,
Denise Lincoln

by Denise (guest), 12 Apr 2017 09:25
ruth daw (guest) 20 Jan 2016 14:48
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My husband and son would like to come along to the talk at the guild on the 29th of January. My son is developing a keen interest in birds and bird watching. Your website seems to suggest this is possible, even though we are not members. Could someone please let me know?
Many thanks.

by ruth daw (guest), 20 Jan 2016 14:48
Smithd746 (guest) 13 Sep 2014 22:30
in discussion Site Feedback / Feedback » Site Feedback

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by Smithd746 (guest), 13 Sep 2014 22:30

Drew – thank you for visiting Wilmslow Birders 2 which is part of a suite of websites for people interested in birds and birding. You were actually just one click away from where you needed to be. You were on Wilmslow Birders 2 and you needed to be on Wilmslow Birders 1. The blue link on the first two lines of the Welcome module would have taken you to it.

Click on it now You will see a green navigation bar – click on the WGBG module and you will find blue links to the programme and activities of the WG Birdwatching Group.

You are not the only one to have had this problem. Unfortunately the current Wilmslow Guild brochure and website contain quite a few errors and omissions, not just in relation to the bird group. I have no direct involvement in the Guild website but I understand that the BG Committee are taking this up with the Guild.

Meanwhile the information system set up three years ago continues to operate without these difficulties. This provides information which supports the activities of this Bird Group. I am dependent on BG Committee members for the input, updates and accuracy of this information. Updates tend to be announced in monthly newsletters but so far the information appears to meet the needs of website visitors.

Please feel free to contact me again if necessary.

Drew <moc.liamg|pxwerd#moc.liamg|pxwerd>
7 Oct (2 days ago)

Please can you tell me whereabouts I can find a list of "full details and activities" for the Wilmslow Guild Bird Watching Group, as advertised in the Wilmslow Guild Prospectus.
Many thanks,

Robert – thanks for sharing your thoughts with me – I think we both see it much the same way. I assume you will select one or the other for your Bempton page.


Hi Bob,
Technically there is no reason against adding long comments on the photos, you just have to add a big enough text area to accommodate what is required. First I copied each photo into a new blank canvas that had extra space for the text, then added the text using the T tool as you say. I decided to keep it simple and just add names for ID. I'm with you on preferring to add a bit more but I think it could be rather impractical. Also, I wouldn't have both the long gallery and the lightbox slideshow on the same page but I left both on the Bempton page for now.

I did have a look at the Syntax page (rather unintelligible) but I couldn't see any obvious way to use an attribute to hold a caption or define, say, the file-name as a caption (which would have been ideal). Hence Plan B and Photoshop.

In the future I think the best method would depend on the content of the webpage. For a lot of discussion and comments then simple embedded pictures are probably best, but for just an exhibition of photos then the gallery slideshow is perfect.


Robert - re image size - you can have square, thumbnail, small or medium. Default is thumbnail. I used small for Bempton gallery.

To learn more about this facility - after sign in click on down arrow to right of my account:-

Click on Settings, select Full Syntax, Go to Table of contents, select Gallery of images.

You may spot something that helps us to make the desired improvements.


Hi Bob,

The slideshow gallery is ok and you can leave it in. Two comments to make about the slideshow.

First is that the photos are a bit small and there seems to be no way to get a full size view.

Second is that there are no captions associated with each photo. Other websites with similar slideshows eg Naturetrek have a caption on each photo. It just makes it better for id purposes. However there may be a way to do it within Wikidot. I can think of one alternative way to do it that would mean extra work in Photoshop.


Hi Robert – I have taken the liberty of adding the “gallery” facility at the end of your piece on birds at Bempton. Let me know if you like it and want to proceed with it. If not I will delete it.


Just to complete this thread - nobody should feel any embarrassment if they get a bird ID wrong - how else do we learn? In my own case I freely admit that my ID skills are poor - I am much more interested in why the bird is present in the particular habitat, how does it behave and how does it react to other species in the same habitat.

Getting help from more experienced people is what birding is all about. It can also encourage people to visit Forum in this website so perhaps I should get a few more wrong. This month is heading for an all time high in terms of visitors and depth of interest.


By email - I'm glad someone else agreed with me ………..It's ok to use any photos you want. Let me know if you need any originals.


Tom replied by email "Your photo is certainly a Ruff, just as Robert says".

Thank you both for the correction. Bob.

I received the following by email from Robert D:-

I would query your identification of bird 6 from Tichwell as spotted redshank. To me it looks more like a male ruff just as it is losing its breeding plumage. The bill looks too short for spotted redshank, and on redshank/spotted redshank the legs and any bill colour should be bright red. Your bird has orange legs and bill, diagnostic of ruff. Also the white head and neck and the black round the shoulders makes me think of ruff.

I will ask Tom G what he thinks.


Robert - I agree the ability to add captions to images would be the "icing on the cake" - I have not figured how to do it yet - I have not pursued it much so far because I usually want to add other comments like where the bird was seen and what it was doing so my comments against image numbers has been sufficient for my needs. If you would like to have a go I can point you to the right place in Wikidot facilities.


I received the following by email from Robert D:-

I had a quick look at the website and I noticed that you had the Gallery feature working. I tried something similar a while ago, putting several photos in a line across the page, but it didn't work well so I used the long columns instead. I will have to try this next time I add something to the page. The icing on the cake would be the ability to add captions to the photos. I don't suppose there is a way to do this?


Thanks for comment. Awaiting Bob's suggestions as to how best to deal with these two photos. As Bob says, it appears virtually impossible in practical terms to attach jpeg images in Forum. So maybe I add them to what is on my Page? But I think I will need Bob's assistance to do that.
I don't think I had a question!
Herons and Egrets are a bit of a favourite of mine because they are relatively large, interesting plumages, and so patient/effective with their techniques. There was a wildlife program I was watching on TV once about herons and Egrets in Africa (i think it was). There is one smallish variety there (can't remember the name) that opens its wings like an umbrella as it wades through the water - so it can spot better its lunch.
Anyway, this particular variety we don't get in the UK - hence added interest. And it was such a brilliant surprise to find the colony. I didn't see it at first- walked past it on the bridge (even the nesting heron). It was only when I looked back at the tree that I thought I saw something moving in the foliage, etc.

by phalaropephalarope, 04 Jun 2013 16:28
Nelson (guest) 03 Jun 2013 18:35
in discussion Members Input / Recording » Recording Data about Birds

Looking forward to seeing pictures from your cruise. Bob said you had a question for me on Night Herons, but I couldn't find it.

by Nelson (guest), 03 Jun 2013 18:35

Peter - congratulations on getting your posting in the right place - not everybody manages that. Re-photos - you cannot attach them in Forum (not impossible but rather difficult) - that is why I developed the Your Pages Module. More communications to come when I have completed month end review of websites.

I have just started a page as a WGBG member and read your pages. I noticed in particular your comments about,and excellent photos, of these lovely birds. As it happens, I have recently been on a cruise covering, inter alia, Puerto Vallarta in Mexico. On a ramble there I came across, completely out of the blue, a colony of these herons nesting in a tree on the edge of a mangrove swamp by the river (which turned out to be part of a reserve). I was on a very busy road bridge level with the tops of the trees - so I got an excellent very close view of one of these on its nest and another one - which came out of the thicket to see why the flock had been disturbed by a fisherman's dinghy on the river (most of its colleagues had taken off!). It surprised me that the colony (at leatst a dozen birds that I could make out through the leaves) had chosen the tree nearest the bridge. And whilst the one on the nest was watching me intently, it did not budge an inch all the time I was there.
Unfortunately, I don't seem to be able to attach two jpeg photos I took- but will ask Bob how I might do that.

Yellow-crowned night herons by phalaropephalarope, 02 Jun 2013 23:29
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