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Swallowtails... and a few more hummingbirds with DA*300
Lens: DA*300 f/4 Camera: Pentax K20D Photo Location: Southwest Ohio 
Posted By: Bud, 08-04-2010, 06:40 PM

Hiked around a local metropark this past weekend and found a patch of Joe Pye Weed along a trail that was thick with Eastern Tiger and Giant Swallowtail butterflies.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail - female - yellow form



Eastern Tiger Swallowtail - female - dark form

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail - male - on lantana in my yard
Giant Swallowtail - dorsal view

Giant Swallowtail - ventral view


Ruby-throated hummingbird reaching for the last drops of nectar in the monarda

Justicia brandegeana - Shrimp Plant

Silene laciniata - Mexican Catchfly



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These are insane!!!
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Really like the rich colors in the hummingbird shots, Great captures!
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Yikes! Beautiful shots all around. The kind i have been trying to get this summer without your success. I will have to revisit these pics a few more times to encourage myself to get back to the butterfly bush.

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Exellent and stunning shots! Great great work Bud!
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were these hand-held? must be very steady hands.
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Wow.

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Thanks!

QuoteOriginally posted by montman Quote
Really like the rich colors in the hummingbird shots, Great captures!
Thank you!

QuoteOriginally posted by imtheguy Quote
Yikes! Beautiful shots all around. The kind i have been trying to get this summer without your success. I will have to revisit these pics a few more times to encourage myself to get back to the butterfly bush.
Thanks! Patience and practice...


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Exellent and stunning shots! Great great work Bud!
Thank you!

QuoteOriginally posted by tigershiok Quote
were these hand-held? must be very steady hands.
Thanks! Yes, they're all hand-held. Tripods seem to just get in the way when I'm trying to keep up with hummingbirds

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Wow.

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Thanks, Tom!
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Fantastic shots! I need a lot of practice.
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These are insane!!!
LOL - agreed.
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Awesome images. Thank yuo for sharing. JIM
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Great shots all! The last one has that something extra that makes it stand out for me!
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QuoteOriginally posted by dankuno Quote
Fantastic shots! I need a lot of practice.
Dankun - thanks!
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LOL - agreed.
Thank you, icarus.
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Awesome images. Thank yuo for sharing. JIM
Thanks, Jim!
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Great shots all! The last one has that something extra that makes it stand out for me!
Gawan .. thanks. It's very cool to watch them stretching as they prepare for another encounter defending their "territory". Thanks for the comments.
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Holy Cow, Bud. These knock me out - super job.

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Hard to pick a favourite from such superb pics, but I'll say that the first hummingbrid shot stands out for me.
I'd love a go with a DA*300...maybe one day...
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