At last, the true identity of the little hovering visitor. It is a Hummingbird Hawk Moth!(Macroglossum stellatarum)
No wonder we were all mistaken. It is called the Hummingbird Moth because it really looks like one. But on closer observation, the antennae and proboscis immediately gives it away. This time, i am prepared and after taking about ten shots, i managed to find a few decent pics which shows more details of this wonderfully deceptive insect. I am using the Panasonic Lumix G1(on built-in flash, Sports mode and auto-focus).
I am of course disappointed that it turns out to be not a bird but a moth instead but this only goes to show how successful this little insect is at keeping up its deception.
But the good thing that came out of this encounter is that i learned how to take pics of insects in flight instead of the usual stationary flower. In fact, the previous pics were all taken with my macro lens fitted - no wonder there was not a single useful pic.
It is a little tricky trying to photograph this moth because it comes at about 7.20 pm when the sky is getting dark. The timing is almost the same everytime. That's the general comment about wildlife - if you see it at a spot today, take note of the time cos tomorrow it will be there at the same time.
7.20 pm is a bit late for a bird - I should have known.
These are some of the clear shots:
I happen to take the underside of this moth too.
This is another shot with the wings on the upsweep.
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