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Many thanks for your kind comments on the hibiscus, I'm really glad you like it. Some more in the pipeline.

Well I had planned to upload some birds today BuT!!! we had 3 hours of warm sun today before rain came back. So I took my lunchbreak outside and decided to take pictures of Mr Nadaud's daffs (ours aren't out yet) No need for a macro lens, right? Silly me BlushBlushBlushBlushBlush

So here is a hummingbird hawk moth taken in the windy west on the 7th of march!

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3x Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:7 Mar 2013 - 7:37 PM
Focal Length:200mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/4.0
Shutter Speed:1/1600sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:A Touch of Spring
Username:annettep38 annettep38
Uploaded:7 Mar 2013 - 8:28 PM
Tags:Flowers & plants, Hummingbird hawk moth, Insect, Macroglossum stellatarum, Moro sphinx, Moths, Sphingidae, Wildlife / nature
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DicksPics
DicksPics Plus Member 3DicksPics vcard United Kingdom9 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2013 - 8:30 PM

What an incredible capture, Annette!!SmileSmile
WOW!!!
Sorry, I've used my UA today!

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ali63
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7 Mar 2013 - 8:30 PM

Great clarity, a lovely image,

Ali

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gajewski
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7 Mar 2013 - 8:46 PM

Perfect timing, Annette.
-=\Walter

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taggart
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7 Mar 2013 - 8:47 PM

Very hard to get a hawkmoth -- you were speedy and accurate--Kudos!

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WhiteRose1
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7 Mar 2013 - 8:52 PM

Timing and focus spot on. Beautifully done, Annette.

Dave

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johnke
johnke  2126 forum posts South Africa12 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2013 - 9:03 PM

Wow Annette a super image with super colors, Fantastic, I was wondering what the moth was Humming as he was hovering...John

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7 Mar 2013 - 9:11 PM

Great capture

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milky Plus Member 11milky vcard Wales
7 Mar 2013 - 9:53 PM

Very nice capture-----MilkyWink

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achieverswales
7 Mar 2013 - 10:06 PM


Quote: What an incredible capture, Annette!!SmileSmile
WOW!!!
Sorry, I've used my UA today!

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The same here, an awesome capture!


Regards

Trev.

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EMJAYCEE Plus Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2013 - 10:14 PM

Incredible, awesome, fantastic - congratulations on a super piece of timing.Smile
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AnneWorner
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7 Mar 2013 - 10:22 PM

I figured you had to have used a fast shutter speed here - these guys's wings go at an amazing speed. Well caught.

Anne

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EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2013 - 10:45 PM

Have only see one of these little firecrackers around here and was astonished at the speed of their wings. How you captured this one so perfectly is beyond me! Grin Fabulous details and what a lovely combination between Moth and Daff! Another one saying "sorry, no UA left"!

Ann

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RonnieAG
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7 Mar 2013 - 10:54 PM

Curiously enough I saw an item on the BBC's One Show only yesterday about hummingbird moths and how they can memorise where the best/most nectar is to be found, and that they can be conditioned to visit flowers of a colour they would not normally visit.........it seems that blue is their favourite.
Wonderful detail in this spring image, Annette,

Ronnie.

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PattiW
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7 Mar 2013 - 11:14 PM

Fantastic image! Lucky you to get such an awesome shot of the moth, I have yet to succeed with one this splendid and with its probiscus out even! Patti SmileSmileSmile

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7 Mar 2013 - 11:22 PM

These moths were the talking point on the BBC recently, excellent Annette.
Ron.

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Tynnwrlluniau
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7 Mar 2013 - 11:27 PM

What a tremendous capture, Annette!
Alun

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Irishkate
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7 Mar 2013 - 11:59 PM

Excellent timing to capture the moth approach the daffodil and so sharp!
The daffodil looks as if it's bowing his head to greet the visitor.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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paskinmj
paskinmj  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2013 - 1:05 AM

Great timing and exposure.
Matt

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
8 Mar 2013 - 4:46 AM

Now look at you Annette !! This is an excellent capture !!! Shows you we must be ever ready for we never know when a good image presents itself to be taken Smile

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8 Mar 2013 - 5:41 AM

A fantastic capture, Annette, I've see numerous HHM's around, but all far too flighty to capture Grin Carol

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8 Mar 2013 - 6:38 AM

Great shot Annette and wow to your timing
Lillian

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8 Mar 2013 - 7:27 AM

What a wonderful critter....

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helenlinda
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8 Mar 2013 - 7:43 AM

Lovely capture of both SmileSmile
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boov  2 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2013 - 8:18 AM

Great take...

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Maiwand
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8 Mar 2013 - 8:38 AM

Stunning capture Annette.GrinGrinGrin What perfect timing and well done you for being in the right place at the right time. Superb.
Ron

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saeidNL  5 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2013 - 8:54 AM

Very beautiful and lovely image,very well done,
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8 Mar 2013 - 10:41 AM

What a superb image Annette - a difficult moth to capture. !!

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8 Mar 2013 - 11:57 AM

What a fabulous capture. Striking detail.

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Ridgeway
Ridgeway  8222 forum posts Ireland2 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2013 - 12:14 PM

There's timing for you,,

Aidan,,

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8 Mar 2013 - 1:03 PM

Terrific image Annette - i took some of these last summer in Italy and it took me hours to get anything acceptable
Jason

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1881  2 India
8 Mar 2013 - 4:15 PM

Really great clarity, a lovely image,Blush


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8 Mar 2013 - 4:55 PM

Fantastic timing. I know how fast they move. Yes the( shutter speed 1/1600 sec,at F/4 , ISo 400. ) data recorded.

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Brian65 Plus Member 5Brian65 vcard United Kingdom
8 Mar 2013 - 6:05 PM

What a great shot Annette, top notch. You were so right about how i got the pose on my shot.SmileSmileSmileSmile
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8 Mar 2013 - 6:35 PM

Perfect timing Annette, very well captured Smile

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Jefflor  2 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2013 - 8:01 PM

Lovely shot, a beauty.

Jeff

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8 Mar 2013 - 10:26 PM

A truly superb capture Annette. Perfect timing. Well done!

Jane

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9 Mar 2013 - 6:25 PM

Top timing Annette. Froze it well too.

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21 Mar 2013 - 9:46 PM

Ever the optimist eh Annette!Wink Spring seems a million miles away at present!Sad I almost missed the hummingbird hawkmoth which makes this image truly special

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