User talk:Charlesjsharp

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Featured pictures on English Wikipedia[edit]

Giant Ameiva[edit]

The problem with lizards is they can have very long (and boring) tails. You may not have noticed that the colours are almost reversed in the females. I believe that is worth seeing. Cheers. Dger (talk) 18:45, 12 October 2015 (UTC)

Reasons for reverting[edit]

I think it is very valuable to add an unidentified species to an article where a huge proportion of species do not have their own articles. This gives readers a chance to see an illustration of more than just one species. As you will see from my hundreds of contributions, I do this only after it has not been possible to identify the species. Charlesjsharp (talk) 22:13, 8 November 2015 (UTC)

  • I am not alone in doing this - see the starfish article you have contributed to and the image of an unidentified large 18-armed member of Brisingida. Charlesjsharp (talk) 22:17, 8 November 2015 (UTC)
I'm sorry you felt hurt by the reversion; an edit summary is at best a brief and cursory bit of explanation, and I'm quite sure you took time and effort over the image. My reasons for removing it were however pretty straightforward and I hope unexceptionable. The image seemed particularly glaringly out of place and gratuitously decorative in a stubby article where it (1) strayed across a section boundary, (2) didn't identify a species, (3) looked pretty similar to the lead image, and (4) was not connected to anything in the neighbouring text. While we are free to use images of unidentified species in articles where they illustrate a particular point, it is hard to justify them when they don't. I hope this helps a little. All the best, Chiswick Chap (talk) 07:49, 9 November 2015 (UTC)

Shooting butterflies...[edit]

... in flight is really hard. I once got a pretty good shot of a hummingbird hawk-moth (, but it failed FCP... :( Happy Holidays to you and yours! --Janke | Talk 12:33, 18 December 2015 (UTC)

Yes, it would do I'm afraid as would my effort at a different hawk moth species. You can check every image in the Commons category and see if yours might qualify for Valuable Image (VI). Charlesjsharp (talk) 17:15, 18 December 2015 (UTC)

Wonderful holidays[edit]


Merry Christmas and a happy New Year! --Tremonist (talk) 15:21, 23 December 2015 (UTC)

Birds of the Cayman Islands[edit]

Also not interested in an edit war, and frankly if you want to keep images off, I really don't care. FYI, the list for the Cayman Islands is not Island specific for birds only occurring specifically on Cayman. Many of the seabirds are multi list. Regarding the kingbird, if it is the incorrect subspecies, than OK to remove since I didn't put it there in the first place. Image is identified only by species, so OK if it stays...... If you would rather have less photos on the list, have at it......Pvmoutside (talk) 17:45, 3 March 2016 (UTC)

  • Thank you. I naturally realize that these lists are for all birds. I edit many of them and will be adding Grand-Cayman-taken bird images soon. Charlesjsharp (talk) 09:46, 4 March 2016 (UTC)

American kestrel[edit]

I don't understand the removal of many of the images from this article. I admit one (central Illinios) was mine, but they could have easily been placed in the existing gallery. None were offensive or poorly photographed. Please explain to ease my "ruffled feathers". Buster Seven Talk 13:48, 21 March 2016 (UTC)

Flicker, edit summaries[edit]

Hello Charles, and thanks for your contributions. Regarding your changes to the Northern flicker article: While I don't doubt the accuracy of your info, it might be best to provide a reference for a change such as the number of subspecies. Also, a couple general editing suggestions for you to consider:

  • Please keep in mind that providing an edit summary when you make a change to an article makes it easier for your colleagues here to understand the intention of your edit.
  • Plus, it will be easier for you and your co-editors to collaborate on articles if, instead of making multiple consecutive edits in rapid succession on an article, you use the "Show preview" button to view your changes incrementally before finally saving the page once you're satisfied with your edits. This keeps the page history of the article less cluttered. Thanks in advance for considering these suggestions. Eric talk 12:41, 27 March 2016 (UTC)
Thanks. Will try harder!. Charlesjsharp (talk) 14:57, 27 March 2016 (UTC)
Charles, I checked the ITIS report site and switched the subspecies reference to that site. See here and weigh in if you like: Talk:Northern_flicker#Subspecies_reference. Eric talk 16:06, 27 March 2016 (UTC)
Charles, please do use edit summaries. It makes page watching much easier for your co-contributors here. Eric talk 11:10, 14 April 2016 (UTC)