Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Crest at Rest 2

A Juvenile Hoopoe   Upupa epops






  





















Driving to market last Thursday I disturbed a small Hoopoe, which flew over the wall and into the next field.It was too far away to get really clear images, but better these than none, as they are the first sightings I've had all year.They arrive here in mid March every year, and I was so pleased to see this juvenile, which means that they successfully reared at least one young Hoopoe. Both sexes are alike, pale reddish-buff with striking black and white wing and tail barring. The crest is rarely raised, except on landing.


This post is included in the WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY initiative by Stewart M and the blog Paying Ready Attention - Photo Gallery

28 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

SUCH cool birds!! like a needle-nose pliers and a hammer head all in one! :)

Stuart Price said...

A real 5 star bird in Japan, you are so lucky!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Oh wow! I have never seen a Hoopoe before. What a beautiful bird :)

Karen said...

Great shots of this handsome bird! It has beautiful markings and I love that crest!

Ela said...

Such a gorgeous bird ! It's nice to see so original birds. I like his haircut :)
Greetings

Noushka said...

How nice to have this youngster in your garden, did the parents nest close to where you are?
Not that easy to be able to take pictures of this beautiful bird!
Well done!

Breathtaking said...

Noushka

Hi Noushka nice to see you here!
I saw it on our property, but not in my garden,... I wish!:)Haven't found the nest yet, but found a Woodpecker's today with 4 young inside.

Marijke Verdonk said...

What a lucky girl you are to be visited by this beautiful bird. Great captured.
Have a wonderful evening.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

I would so love to see one of these in real time!!! I'm sure I wouldn't be able to get 'enough' photos. They're incredibly unique and very pretty. As are your photos.

Gunilla Bäck said...

A beautiful bird!

Frank said...

Lovely images of this 'cool' species.

eileeninmd said...

I just love these birds! Awesome shots of the Hoopoe!

Gail Dixon said...

I have longed to see this bird. What a beauty! Wonderful set of photos .

Mike Attwood said...

I was still at school the last time I saw one. Wonderful shots, full of envy.

Linda said...

What a cool bird! We don't have anything like that in Virginia.

Adam said...

really cool bird

Margaret Adamson said...

Always a lovely bird to see and as I had never seem a young one, theses shots are great for me.

Carole M. said...

...I love seeing these birds; I think they're just SUPER

susan jane said...

Hoopoe!! whoope!!! hurrah!!!

Judith Gray said...

What a beautiful bird! I also love your blog post title - very witty.

chusa said...

Very beautiful bird! I love birds...
bellìsimas imàgenes de la Naturaleza
un beso!

Marie said...

You got some great photos long distance. What a fascinating bird!

janiceadcock said...

Beautiful bird! Thanks for sharing your lovely pictures.

karmnik54 said...

Może uda mi się go ustrzelić:)

vitorchuvashortstories said...

Hi Sonjia!

A bird quite proud of its looks, anda rightly so, as it is a real beauty.

And a great set of photos, as usual...

A hug a good weekend.

Vitor

Barb Yingst said...

Beautiful! Love the variety of birds, I've not seen this one before.

orchid Miyako said...

Wow Wow!!! I've never seen this unique bird "Hoopoe" before; Thank you very much for morning surprising p;) I checked the bird with PC and picture page showed the bird had the feather on its head opened; my husband and I smiled a lot♡♡♡ And dragonfly lover husband was fascinated your pictures of your previous post.

Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

michaelswoodcraft said...

Beautiful bird, I have never seen one of these before! Great shots!

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