Hoopoe / Hoep-hoep  by Elizabeth Kendall

The African hoopoe (Upupu africana) eats mainly caterpillars and worms which it finds on the ground while probing with its long beak. The Hoopoe (pron.: /ˈhuːpuː/) is a colourful bird that is found across Afro-Eurasia, notable for its distinctive ‘crown’ of feathers. It is the only extant species in the family Upupidae. The Hoopoe is widespread in Europe, Asia, and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa and Madagascar. In what was long thought to be a defensive posture, Hoopoes sunbathe by spreading out their wings and tail low against the ground and tilting their head up; they often fold their wings and preen halfway through. The Hoopoe also enjoys taking dust and sand baths. More info
This one was looking for worms at Weesgerus, near Modimolle, South Africa.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Feathered Friends
Canon PowerShot SX40 HS.
FEATURED in The Birds
11 Febr. 2013.

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  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteabout 2 years ago

    Just stunning Elizabeth awesome looking bird.

  • Many thanks Julie! For the fav and fine comment, much appreciated.

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonabout 2 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful Elizabeth! and I learnt something new, didn’t know they do the sand-bath thing!

  • Great!! Thanks so much Maree, I can still not believe this one was so close! Thanks for the fav too. x

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesabout 2 years ago

    2013/02/09 1 × 24hrs
    Pragtige foto!

  • Baie dankie Magriet!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • pcfyi
    pcfyiabout 2 years ago

    Nice work and keep it up!

  • Many thanks for the feature!!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Jacqueline van Zetten
    Jacqueline van...about 2 years ago

    Awesome shot! They are so quick and difficult to shoot! A beauty! Congrats on your feature! Jackie:)

  • Thanks so much Jackie, also for the fav, much appreciated!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Macky
    Mackyabout 2 years ago

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