During the painful process of culling I’ve learned to look carefully at each image before pulling the plug on the shot because you never know what might be lurking somewhere in those pixels. Regular readers are aware that I’ve posted quite a few images of hummingbirds and White-lined Sphinx Moths (also known as hummingbird moths) lately so to avoid saturation it was my intention to refrain from posting any more of them for a while. But while culling yesterday I noticed something interesting that I thought was worth sharing.
The hummingbirds are slowing down now and it’s been some time since I’ve seen a sphinx moth so three days ago when I spotted this hummingbird hovering further away than I like for photos I fired off a single shot for ID purposes only. I almost deleted the photo from the thumbnail rather than looking at the entire image but I’m glad I didn’t…
1/3200, f/6.3, ISO 640, Canon 7D, Canon EF500mm f/4L IS II USM +1.4 tc, not baited, set up or called in
because tucked away on one of the flowers was a sphinx moth right in front of the hovering hummingbird (a female Rufous I believe). I’ve seen each species chase the other one off the flower patch so from the posture of the bird I suspect it’s trying to decide how to react to the presence of the moth.
No, it’s not a great image because of the annoying sunflower twigs from last year and the relatively large crop. But I’m guessing there aren’t many photos out there that include both a hummingbird and a hummingbird moth in the same shot, especially with the bird in a nice flight pose and both species relatively sharp.
For that reason I think I’ll keep it.