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Aug 30, 2008 03:03 |  #1

Male hoverfly Syritta pipiens, hovering whilst it eyes up a potential mate that is feeding on a potentilla flower. The hover lasts longer than the mating (10secs vs 5 secs) so I didn't have time to change FEC settings for the mating shot resulting in a rather underexposed image.
First time I've managed a 3 shot focus stack of a hover in flight :)

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Aug 30, 2008 04:56 |  #2

Very nice work Brian. The hover I found wouldn't hover for me today - far too active.

lol at the x rated hoverflies. It's a crystal clear shot, well done.


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Aug 30, 2008 08:38 |  #3

Love the HIF shot Brian!


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Aug 30, 2008 17:41 |  #4

Not Work Safe!!

Just kidding, great shot!


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Aug 30, 2008 18:06 as a reply to  @ epatt250's post |  #5

3 shot stack...
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Aug 31, 2008 00:59 |  #6

Thanks for the comments :)
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Aug 31, 2008 11:16 |  #7

Great work Brian , 3 shot stack of a HIF :cool:


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Aug 31, 2008 11:20 |  #8

Great pics - yeah, they certainly do have a 'quick bonk'.

I have had loads of these in my garden this year, and very entertaining they are too lol, they just seem to dive bomb the female and off they go lol.

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Aug 31, 2008 12:12 |  #9

Geat shots Brian, stacked HIFs, well I never!


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Aug 31, 2008 22:53 |  #10

Wow. That first shot is great.....matter of fact....so is the second one!


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Sep 01, 2008 01:04 |  #11

Thanks for the comments :)

Linda- you are right- these are great to watch - I would love to catch the waggle dance the males do at each other in mid air. I have seen unsuccessfull dive bomb matings but never managed to work out if the it was a female fighting back or whether the hover made a mistake and it was a male feeding on the flower.

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Sep 01, 2008 05:43 |  #12

LordV wrote in post #6217666 (external link)
Thanks for the comments :)

Linda- you are right- these are great to watch - I would love to catch the waggle dance the males do at each other in mid air. I have seen unsuccessfull dive bomb matings but never managed to work out if the it was a female fighting back or whether the hover made a mistake and it was a male feeding on the flower.

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LOL - yeah, you could be right about the male getting over excited and going for another male :lol:. Mine seemed to peak about 3 weekends ago when I had at least 10 of them all around this mint-type plant - it was mayhem LOL

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