An African Hoopoe in our winter garden at Jansenville in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.
’n Hoephoep in ons wintertuin op Jansenville

Nine subspecies of Hoopoe are recognised with these subspecies varying mostly in size and the depth of colour in the plumage. Its range is wide, taking in Africa, Madagascar, Europe, and even parts of Asia. In Southern Africa it is found in almost all areas save for the desert, although numbers vary considerably from place to place.
The mainly rufous-coloured African hoopoe with its fluttering flight, somewhat reminiscent of a giant butterfly, presents a distinctive sight in the woodland, savanna, and gardens of Southern Africa. The African Hoopoe isn’t a sociable bird and is generally found either singly or in pairs (small loose flocks may be seen during the migration season).

Die hoephoep is ’n medium tot groter grootte (lengte 25–27 cm) voël met kenmerkende roesbruin kleur en duidelike veroekroon. Dit is ’n algemene gesig in parke en tuine. Die voël is so uniek dat hy sy eie genus (Upupa) en familie (Upupidae) verteenwoordig. (Wikipedia)

Camera: CanonEOS 500D

My husband and I live in Jansenville in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. We both love nature, and therefore most of my subjects are the incredible wealth of fauna and flora in Southern Africa. I also write poetry in Afrikaans (one of the eleven official languages in South Africa) and often combine these poems with the photos I’ve taken. Thank you for stopping by!

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  • jozi1
    jozi1over 1 year ago

    Great shot,Rina :)

  • Thank you!!

    – Rina Greeff

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 1 year ago


  • Dankie baie: hy/sy het so lekker in die sonnetjie gesit en veertjies skoonmaak.

    – Rina Greeff

  • jozi1
    jozi1over 1 year ago

  • Thank you: much appreciated!

    – Rina Greeff

  • Macky
    Mackyover 1 year ago

  • barnsis
    barnsisover 1 year ago

  • Thrilled …: thank you!!

    – Rina Greeff

  • john  Lenagan
    john Lenaganover 1 year ago

    A beautiful bird and Terrific capture Rina – I would love to have these guys in my backyard – I spent ages following a couple of Hoopoe through the Serengeti and found them quite skittish and could never get that shot where they land and throw their crest forward. Regards John

  • Thank you, John, for your kind comment. This little one was preening itself on our lawn and enjoying the winter sun by spreading its wings out for quite a while.

    – Rina Greeff

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