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A Hummingbird Moth When I least Expected It

I like to photograph the stuff in nature many people never see, stuff most people overlook when out in the natural world. Sometimes it is something I go searching for and sometimes it is an unexpected surprise.

This hummingbird moth definitely goes in the category of the unexpected surprise. I have never seen one before until now. They act, feed and fly very similar to a hummingbird, buzzing around colorful plants with incredible wing beats and precision, feeding on the nectar provided by the generous vegetation.

I will admit, it took me a second or two to realize what I had in front of me. At first I was pleasantly surprised to see a hummingbird out in the bear river migratory bird refuge marsh, something I have only rarely seen as a passing by hummingbird quickly buzzed by. But I was even more surprised and even elated to see something I had never seen before, a hummingbird moth.

In fact, as I started to photograph this strange but beautiful creature a second one appeared and all three of us enjoyed a few moments of quiet solitude around the tall patch of colorful sunflowers. This is what I enjoy the most about outdoor photography, finding and photographing natural wonders not often seen by other people. I am like most people, I visit the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge for the birds, many of them common and so numerous yet still capture my attention, but, however, I also go for the other stuff the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge has to offer, the stuff rarely seen but just as magnificent as the multitudes of migratory birds which make the refuge their home each spring and fall.



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A hummingbird moth from the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge.

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Hummingbird moth feeding on a sunflower.

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Hummingbird Moth.

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Hummingbird Moth.

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