Quite often I have to smile when I read in the local press that someone has seen a Hummingbird in their garden, and wondered if it had migrated from the New World. The thing is they are almost correct, just a few words missing from the name and a bit nearer to home. What they are seeing is the Hummingbird Hawk Moth (Macroglossum stellatarum) a migrant to the UK from Continental Europe. It has a wingspan of about 50mm (2 inches) a stout furry body and a rapid darting flight.
A few days back my daughter Victoria and I took a trip up to Wells on the north Norfolk coast. From the harbour to the beach is a sea wall about a mile long, the banks are covered in wild flowers. It was in a patch of vipers bugloss that we saw the moth darting about. Now these critters move and quickly! A great challenge to photograph, especially as I had the macro lens on, which is not really designed for moving objects.
I sat down, the moth stayed close, luckily it would hover for a second or so allowing the auto focus to lock on, a quick burst and hey presto! some pretty nice images
Technical info for the bottom image. Nikon D5300, Sigma 105 2.8 os macro plus Sigma1.4x converter. F13, 1/1250sec, iso500, auto focus single point and centre weighted metering using aperture priority.