merops

merops

Lives in Netherlands Netherlands
Works as a Biologist
Joined on Nov 1, 2009

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On photo Emerald water with trout in the A Gift From Nature challenge (2 comments in total)

Loved the colours and patterns in this photo.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 31, 2015 at 18:00 UTC as 2nd comment
On photo Mt. Baker National Forest in the A Gift From Nature challenge (2 comments in total)

I too found the tilted horizon disconcerting. I would have edited out the con trails, too. Lovely spot.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 31, 2015 at 17:59 UTC as 1st comment

Great lateral (or upside down) thinking :-)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 15, 2015 at 17:40 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Veins of wing of a wasp in the Nature's Macro Marvels challenge (1 comment in total)

I think that the reference to a thread by you breaks the spirit, if not the letter, of the no identifying watermarks etc rule. You could withdraw it and repost without this reference. Do it quick or you risk the challenge being full by then (and somebody sneaking in before you manage to repost).
Interesting photo.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2015 at 15:25 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Queen Caterpillars in the A To Z - Letter Q challenge (4 comments in total)

Congratulations! Amazing beasts :-)
Kate

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2014 at 06:49 UTC as 5th comment
On photo Parasitic wasp in the Macro - Arthropod(s) challenge (2 comments in total)

This isn't a wasp, it's a fly (and probably not a parasitic one, at that): it only has one pair of wings, and has halteres (diagnostic for flies). You can see the haltere on the near side: it's the little drumstick-like protuberance a bit further back and lower than the wing.

Direct link | Posted on May 26, 2014 at 16:17 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On photo in a hurry in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (2 comments in total)

Lovely subtle colours :-)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 28, 2014 at 22:14 UTC as 2nd comment

Great shot, but would have had even more impact if you'd cropped it tighter (10-15% all round).

Direct link | Posted on Mar 28, 2014 at 22:11 UTC as 1st comment
On Challenge:9480 (12 comments in total)

Thanks Lucie :-)

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 at 22:18 UTC as 1st comment
On Challenge:9480 (12 comments in total)
In reply to:

Stevie Boy Blue: Merops, I did place a genuine rodent pic in this challenge but decided to withdraw it on the first day of voting pretty much for the reasons outlined in your post below. Furthermore I'd also question whether some entries were actually taken in a 'Zoo'.

Maybe, just maybe, the host has been unable to 'police' their challenge as originally intended (PC or connection problems or, perish the thought, ill-health perhaps?), and it will be a shame if a meerkat, rabbit, otter, mongoose or other non-appropriate species gains more votes than any images that fully comply with the Rodent title.

Time, of course, will reveal an outcome. ;-)

Hi SBB,

I hadn't considered the possibility that the host had been unable to curate their challenge as they wanted - in which case many apologies to them.

However, the host only joined DPReview 5 months ago, and I think it's worth pointing out to them that not doing a little weeding will rapidly lead to a jungle that encourages entrants to ignore the rules, and puts off some of the better entrants and some voters. (I don't vote on challenges like this when it is not clear what the host's intention was, and a substantial proportion of entries appear to fall outside the theme.)

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 at 12:45 UTC
On photo Anhinga Fails Catch in the Action Sequence Photography challenge (2 comments in total)

For me the title on the photo (and to a lesser extent the copyright notice) really spoil the image. Moreover, they would be very easy to clone out on this photo, so are no protection for you.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 27, 2014 at 09:38 UTC as 2nd comment
On Challenge:9480 (12 comments in total)

A few days ago I complained about all the non-rodent entries using the complain button. Yesterday, as nothing had happened I pm'd the host saying it would at least be courteous to put a comment here explaining why the non-rodent entries had not been DQ'd.

I am just wondering what the 2nd place entrant will feel if the 1st place entry is not a rodent. Or what those who refrained from entering a non-rodent would feel?

If members of the order Carnivora such as meerkats, otters, weasels etc are acceptable, are other members of the order Canrnivora such as lions, tigers, etc also eligible for this challenge?

PS I have not entered any photos in this challenge.

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 at 08:52 UTC as 3rd comment
On Challenge:9480 (12 comments in total)
In reply to:

merops: The following are not rodents (members of the Order Rodentia):
- otters, weasels (family Mustelidae, Order Carnivora)
- meerkats, mongooses (family Herpestidae, Order Carnivora)
- possums (marsupials, Order Driprodontia)
- rabbits, hares (Order Lagomorpha)

No problem. It was an honest mistake - as, I am sure are the majority (if not all) of the other non-rodent entries.

My concern is that the non-rodent entries have not been disqualified, despite my complaints.

Posted on Mar 26, 2014 at 07:41 UTC
On photo Meerkat from Africa in the ZOO - Rodent challenge (1 comment in total)

Meerkats aren't rodents. They belong to the order Carnivora, not Rodentia

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2014 at 21:57 UTC as 1st comment
On photo grooming time in the ZOO - Rodent challenge (1 comment in total)

I'm not sure what these are. If they're hyraxes, they are not rodents. They belong to the Order Hyracoidea, not Rodentia

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2014 at 21:56 UTC as 1st comment
On photo A little gas amongst friends in the ZOO - Rodent challenge (1 comment in total)

These look like htraxes to me. Hyraxes aren't rodents. They belong to the order Hyracoidea, not Rodentia, and their nearest relatives are probably elephants, manatees and dugongs.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2014 at 21:55 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Bronx Zoo Beaver in the ZOO - Rodent challenge (1 comment in total)

This looks rather otter-like to me. (Otters aren't rodents)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2014 at 21:49 UTC as 1st comment
On Challenge:9480 (12 comments in total)
In reply to:

Stevie Boy Blue: You’re right about the rabbits not being rodents. Furthermore, as far as I’m aware, meerkats and otters are non-rodent species too. ;-)

The rodents are nota family, but an Order (ie a higher taxonomic group)
The Glires are not a superclass: mammals are a class, hence a sub-group of mammals cannot be a super-class. The Glires seem sometimes to be regarded as a super-order. In any case Rodentia (rodents) and Lagomorphs (hares and rabbits are separate orders within the Glires.

Rabbits and hares are not rodents.

Posted on Mar 24, 2014 at 21:46 UTC
On Challenge:9480 (12 comments in total)

The following are not rodents (members of the Order Rodentia):
- otters, weasels (family Mustelidae, Order Carnivora)
- meerkats, mongooses (family Herpestidae, Order Carnivora)
- possums (marsupials, Order Driprodontia)
- rabbits, hares (Order Lagomorpha)

Posted on Mar 24, 2014 at 21:41 UTC as 4th comment | 3 replies
On photo DSCN0197 in the A To Z - Letter G challenge (2 comments in total)

No title, no explanation of why a G

Direct link | Posted on Mar 23, 2014 at 09:00 UTC as 2nd comment
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