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Copyright: Mark Galea (magal) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40D
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-11-03 13:23
Viewed: 3918
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Some hawk moths, like the hummingbird hawk moth, hover in midair while they feed on nectar from flowers and are sometimes mistaken for hummingbirds. This hovering capability has evolved only three times in nectar feeders: in hummingbirds, certain bats, and these sphingids (Kitching, 2002). Sphingids have been much studied for their flying ability, and especially their ability to move rapidly from side to side while hovering, called 'swing-hovering.' It is thought that this talent evolved to deal with ambush predators that lie in wait in flowers.

They are some of the fastest flying insects, capable of flying at over 50 km/h (30 miles per hour) [citation needed]. They have a wingspan of 35-150 mm.
Over the few months I have been a member of TN I have developed an interest in photographing insects and frankly I must admit that before I never really realized what a wealth of such creatures we have on this small [roughly 100 sq km] densly populated island.
I wish to express my gratitude and appreciation to all the members who supported my efforts and helped me improve my techniques.
I hope to keep 'discovering' new insects and to share my experiences with all.
Thanks and happy shooting

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Hi Mark,
congrats - to 50 wonderful shots and to this beautiful hummingbird-moth. Excellent sharpness and brilliant colours, I like it, very well done, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-11-03 13:52]

Congratulations for first 50 Mark... and you celebrate it with a beautiful capture in flight nocturne, with great timming and colors.

I like it a lot: composition, POV, DOF, focus, sharpness, color, lighting, background, framing, notes.

I don't like it: nothing to criticize.

Very good presentation... thank you for sharing.
Greetings... Ricardo

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-11-03 14:09]

Muy bien Mark, excelente disparo y buenos colores, y felicidades... muchos éxitos

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  • cosmln Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 201 W: 12 N: 493] (1952)
  • [2006-11-03 14:11]

Hi Mark,

very nice shot of this moth. a perfect 50th.
you have freezed this perfectly. and your composition, colour, sharpness is perfect.


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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-11-03 14:15]

Hello Mark,
admirably sharp picture of this 'hummingbirding' stellatatum. Nice colours and well composed.

Hello Mark,
I share your experience of being pleasantly ushered into a totally new and exciting world of living creatures after getting involved with this site.
Congratulations on your 50th post.
Your picture of this hovering moth is a pleasure to look at. The dash of orange on its wings is just beautiful.
Well done and TFS.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2006-11-03 14:57]

Helo Mark
Very beautiful shot and very well done. The sphinx shows very sharp and I like very much color, lightness and composition. TFS
Best wishes

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-11-03 15:24]

Hi Mark.
Excellent shot with beautiful colours and perfect details.
Congratulate to splendid 50th post,as well as the previous.I wish very splendid another.
Greetings Milos

Bonjour Mark
Pas facile de réussir une telle image, vue la vitesse des battements d'ailes, suggérée par ta photo.J'aime la tonalité chaude et ensoleillée de l'ensemble.
Au revoir et passe un bon week end...JP

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-11-03 19:51]

Hi Mark
Good inflight shor. Good sharpnes, colours, light, details and POV.
Well done


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-11-04 1:18]

Hello Mark,
Considering that you had a comparitively low shutter speed, this in-flight shot of the Hummingbird Hawk-moth is great, sharp and well presented.
TFS, regards, Ivan

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-11-06 22:49]

Hi Mark, what a great capture of the hummingbird-moth. I imagine they would be quite hard to catch with the fast movement of their wings. It is nice and sharp, and you should be very pleased with this shot, TFS

Hello Mark,
Excellent shot on this fast moving hummingbird-moth. Perfect timing and result. Congratulations in capturing this moth and your 50th post.

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