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This is a Hummingbird Hawk Moth, a summer visitor to the UK, seen here on a red Valerian flower (one of its favourite sources of nectar).

I first noticed this moth – high excitement - in the front garden last week but of course, by the time I returned with the camera the moth had vanished. I kept my eyes open and the next day – same time, same place – there it was again and I managed to get this shot (I have since read that these moths are creatures of habit, and it is not uncommon for them to keep returning to the same flowers, at the same time of day).

Thanks for looking! Comments and criticisms welcomed…

1/2000s at f5.6
Handheld

Camera:Nikon D70S Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Sigma 70-300mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Is it a bird? Is it..?
Username:clo99 clo99
Uploaded:7 Jun 2009 - 10:47 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, General, Wildlife / nature
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Rosie_cheeks
7 Jun 2009 - 10:53 AM

amaizing Smile
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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 74167 forum postsKarenFB vcard England159 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2009 - 10:55 AM

A gorgeous image! Whereabouts did you catch this? I haven't seen a HHM for a couple of years now, hopefully this year they'll come back.

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WOZZERHART
7 Jun 2009 - 11:01 AM

Cracking capture, well done.
Graham

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clo99
clo99  6 England
7 Jun 2009 - 11:06 AM

This one was in our garden in Cornwall; I believe they typically migrate across from the continent into the south of England, but this is the only area I have seen them in.

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7124 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2009 - 11:12 AM

A fantastic capture, very well spotted. Carol

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mattberry
mattberry e2 Member 9259 forum postsmattberry vcard England13 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2009 - 11:17 AM

Well captured. Butterfly Conservation are looking for people to record sightings of these, it would help if you went to their website and added yours to the database...

link

Regards
Matt

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marriedandhappy

great shot its so fast as well. kaz

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cjl47
cjl47  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2009 - 11:23 AM

A good capture, nice shot.
chris

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jocneilson
7 Jun 2009 - 11:38 AM

BINGO. Very nice. click yours.JOC..

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Steve7962
Steve7962  6 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2009 - 1:33 PM

Great image.

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Chrism8
Chrism8 e2 Member 7729 forum postsChrism8 vcard England13 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2009 - 3:27 PM

Well caught, he did give you plenty of opportunity thou Smile Only kidding !

Chris

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Alan_Baseley e2 Member 12314 forum postsAlan_Baseley vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2009 - 4:46 PM

Great capture,
Alan

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Portknockie
20 Jun 2009 - 4:30 PM

I'v never seen one..Sad superb detail and a great shot..

Don

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lawbert
lawbert  71639 forum posts England15 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jun 2009 - 3:46 PM

This is truly a fantastic capture, The 1/2000 sec you used at 5.6 was chosen wisely, you have captured the moth very sharply showing enough wing blur to make it an action/nature capture.
Congratulations and Thanks for sharing it here.
Paul

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