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Old Jul 1, 2012, 1:25 PM   #1
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Default FZ35 - Hummingbird Moth

In a rare find on Friday, a Hummingbird Moth gave me some photo ops. I've only seen one other, at any time, and then only for a fleeting second. This one was extremely skitterish, so I felt happy to get something from the effort.

These are about 3/4" long, with very high speed wings. The unique behavior is that it never lands on the plant. It uses two legs to make a "stand-off" from the flower, but keeps stability only with the high speed wing flutter. A couple of the images clearly show this behavior.

The last shot is even an "in flight" one -- not by intent, but only because I fired the shot, as it was departing its landing zone.

I think all these were shot in Macro/flower mode, with Spot focus, EC -1/3 or -2/3.
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Old Jul 1, 2012, 1:34 PM   #2
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Great series and details Roger!! Congrats
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You did very well given they don't stay still!
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Wow excellent! I've only seen them a few times and they are usually flying away really fast! Nicely done.

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