THE HOOPOE UPUPA EPOPS
Unexceptional shots I know, but considering the distance we had to keep, and the quickly fading light, they're not bad.
This is probably the best pose.
You might wonder what he was doing on this dusty stone filled road,...
Well, he was probing for earth worms and mollusks under the stones , but on the move all the time up the road.
We saw the Hoopoe roll some over with his long pointed beak, and although we were too far away to get a good eye view
of what he found, there are many snails in this area, which make a hearty meal for a Hoopoe.
I was glad he was out on the road, and not hidden by the dense undergrowth on the verge.
At one point I thought he was going to disappear into the tall grass, but the stones were more of an attraction.
Every so often I shouted STOP, as my over zealous husband got too near, and from past experience I know this would spook it into flight.
Keeping our distance, was the only reason he did not move on to his other hunting places,..
and we followed him for at least ten minutes,...
and then to our delight, he was joined by another Hoopoe!
As this post is already rather long, I'll share more shots of them both, on another post.