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"The Nectar Protector"


Posted by David Salem on Mon Sep 14, 2020 5:26 pm

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I captured this fun shot a few years back on a great trip to Costa Rica with NS members Greg Basco and Doug Brown.
 
This was taken at a setup at one of the eco lodges we stayed at. 
I didn't realize the little wasp was protecting the flower and wondered why the female Green-breasted Mango hummer was so reluctant to feed. After I looked at the image I saw the wasp in the frame. I got lucky as she flashed her beautiful tail open a few times in disapproval. 
Looks like the wasp had his way as this little hummer was in and out of this setup in literally a second. Hope you like it.

1DMkII---600mm---f13---ss1/240th---ISO400---Multi flash setup---25% crop.  Please click on the image to view the larger more detailed file.  Thanks

Thanks as always for looking and for your input.  I appreciate it

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by ADKShooter on Mon Sep 14, 2020 6:58 pm
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Like everything about the shot. What's not to like ?! The spread of the tail is a stunner and makes a terrific looking shot really great.
 

by Ron Day on Mon Sep 14, 2020 7:22 pm
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ADKShooter wrote:
Like everything about the shot.  What's not to like ?!  The spread of the tail is a stunner and makes a terrific looking shot really great.

I agree. The iridescence you captured in the tail is extraordinary!
 

by Karl Egressy on Mon Sep 14, 2020 8:59 pm
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"The iridescence you captured in the tail is extraordinary" You never stop amaze us with your pictures David. The story is also great.
 

by Debapratim Saha on Tue Sep 15, 2020 6:45 am
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Amazing image with great interaction,colours and story.
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by David Salem on Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:14 am
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Thanks guys! Glad you like it.
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by E.J. Peiker on Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:16 am
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What an amazing underside shot!!! The bug adds so much.
 

by Jakejacoby on Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:42 am
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This is a beautiful photograph that tells a story - superb....
 

by david fletcher on Tue Sep 15, 2020 12:15 pm
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Outstanding image David in all regards
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by Isaac Grant on Tue Sep 15, 2020 12:33 pm
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Awesome as always Dave. You are like the most interesting man in the world in the Dos Equis commercial. I don't always post on naturescapes but when I do, BAM!!!
 

by David Salem on Tue Sep 15, 2020 2:13 pm
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Thanks again everyone, and thanks to the mods and editors for choosing my image!!
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by David Salem on Tue Sep 15, 2020 2:17 pm
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Isaac Grant wrote:
Awesome as always Dave. You are like the most interesting man in the world in the Dos Equis commercial. I don't always post on naturescapes but when I do, BAM!!!



Thanks Isaac!! 
That's one of the funniest comments I have ever gotten :)
I always appreciate your input. 
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by Cynthia Crawford on Wed Sep 16, 2020 5:44 am
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Incredible colors and interaction! Such a unique shot-love it!
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by Greg Basco on Wed Sep 16, 2020 7:58 am
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This one turned out great, David! That was tricky composing with that flower but I really like how you framed it.

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by Carol Clarke on Wed Sep 16, 2020 9:52 am
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Gorgeous image! Beautifully timed to catch this story telling moment with the little wasp on the defensive and the amazing colours and iridescence on the hummer. Superb.

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