This sounds like the Gardenia Bee Hawk Moth Cephnodes
kingii. Have a look at the following link.
Because of their hovering and the long proboscis used to draw nectar from tubular flowers hawk moths are often thought to be hummingbirds.
On the weekend I was down in Sydney with my brother and
sister-in-law at Prestons, western Sydney.
On Thursday evening my sister-in-law saw a tiny
honeyeater-type bird feeding in her backyard on her agapanthus. She showed me
some video footage she shot which is very blurry with the animal constantly
moving and I had difficulty trying to ID it as a bird or an insect. When pausing
the animal certainly looks like a bird (very blurry unfortunately) and my
sister-in-law said she identified it as a bird and watched it from about a metre
away for about fifteen minutes.
The identification is of a tiny green bird with a bright
orange lower half of the body. The orange has black markings on it. The bird has
a very long curved black beak. The only possible ID I could come up with was a
hummingbird, it certainly didn't look like any Australian
I have the video tape and am planning to put it onto my
computer and see if I can get a clearer view. Would anyone have an idea of the
hummingbird species this would be, if it is a hummingbird? or an alternate
possibility. I'll let people know how capturing the video footage to computer