Hornet returning to its nest

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Photo_date:
01/07/2011
Photographer:

Chris Robbins

Other Species:

Key species list:
Hornet
Summary:
The hornet is flying back to its nest in a sycamore tree
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Hornet returning to its nest

Chris Robbins has won the Nature In Close-Up Award for this photograph in the Outdoor Photographer of the Year competition run by Outdoor Photography Magazine in 2011.

He reported that the hornet's nest was in an old hollow sycamore tree. He erected a small tower from some scaffolding to reach the height of the nest. Then above the nest, he set up a home made soft box diffuser from card, foil & tissue which he slowly lowered into place as the insects became more used to it. A white reflector was placed underneath & slowly raised to illuminate the subject from below.