Thanks for the input, folks.
Dennis, I was likely ca 2' away then cropped the pic a bit. Both pics to me are a bit "busy" but simply couldn't get the skipper in the proper position for a really good pic. The leaf in the 2nd pic certainly detracts, and skippers are quite fuzzy things so never seem to look crisp in a photo.
Likely the best skipper photo I have is of Peck's Skipper.
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Taken with a D70, 80-200 2.8 ED Nikkor and 5T diopter.