last year I spent a long time trying to capture these facinating creatures – this year I have carried on my quest for one shot that hopefully really shows what they are about…still trying for that one!! But here in the meantime is the one that I like best and am actually quite happy with. Unfortunately my quest maybe on hold for some while as the Sigma lens has started playing up again…. :( These little insects are so incredibly fast and not very big at all – we have some little ones around this year about the size of a bee and the bigger ones about the size of a hornet. I just am so facinated by them and it seems a shame their life span is so short!

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Canon eos 400d
Sigma 70-300mm lens macro mode
1/500 seconds
iso 400

Hummingbird hawk-moths are day fliers, preferring bright sunlight, but may also be seen at dawn and dusk and rarely at night. They are strongly attracted to flowers with a plentiful supply of nectar such as petunias, honeysuckle and buddleia. Studies have noted that have a remarkable memory, and return to the same flowerbeds at the same time everyday. They cannot survive the winter months and so migrate to southern parts of Europe.



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We live in the West of France in the Poitou Charentes region, I love where we live and take a lot of inspiration for photography from the countryside and wonderful regions around us.

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  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...about 5 years ago

    Fantastic capture, great shutter speed

  • Thank you kindly Kathy – it is still trial and error!!

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

  • Anne-Marie Bokslag
    Anne-Marie Bok...about 5 years ago

    Already a grat shot Pamela! Maybe try a faster shutter speed > 1/2000s

  • Thank you very much Anne-Marie – unfortunately I should have guessed that the lens is going wrong as it just doesn’t focus quick enough and the colour goes wrong – ie. light or dark so just getting into trying out faster speeds and the thing makes a horrid noise (the lens not the HBHM) and I felt I should put it away until we can contact sigma – again!! NOT happy :((

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

  • Nicole I Hamilton
    Nicole I Hamiltonabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful image, Pamela! How wonderful you were able to catch one of these fast little guys!

  • Thank you kindly Nicole – I always feel so happy and priveladged when these little honies come to the garden :)

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

  • Gregory Ewanowich
    Gregory Ewanowichabout 5 years ago

    Great information and an amazing capture of this creature!

  • Thank you so much Gregory for your comment it is very much appreciated :))

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

  • DonnaMoore
    DonnaMooreabout 5 years ago

    Great shot…It is a Hummingbird Moth. They are really hard to take. So good job Pamela.

  • Thank you kindly Donna
    – lately I have been spoilt for choice as there are about 5-6 that buzz around the garden – getting the right time of day is now a challenge :))

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

  • mikequigley
    mikequigleyabout 5 years ago

    beauty – mq

  • thank you mq :))

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

  • jeffrae
    jeffraeabout 5 years ago

    I understand your drive….it’s like me trying to get “the” shot of a hummingbird. They are just too quick for me. I just can’t seem to anticipate well enough to caputre them. Very nice job on your photo.

  • Thank you kindly jeffrae :)
    They are so incredibly fast you really have to be one step ahead of them – I did have a thought about using my remote switch but it would still be the focusing issue! It has to be done shots like this though for fun as well of course :)) Good luck with your project also :)

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

  • BCasTal
    BCasTalabout 5 years ago

    Some fast and fancy shooting. Great job!

  • Thank you kindly B :))

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

  • Squealia
    Squealiaabout 5 years ago

    Wonderfully captured

  • Thanking you kindly :))

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

  • Cathy Jones
    Cathy Jonesabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful shot of the hummingbird Moth!

  • Thank you so much Cathy :)) also for passing by it is much appreciated :)

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

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