Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Hoopoe - Upupa


The Hoopoe ( Upupa epops) is I think my favourite summer visitor to our garden, maybe because I get to see him fairly often. Although rarely does he give me the chance to capture a photo as good as this one!

If you are interested in seeing what other birds call by our Italian garden during the summer please call by this post on News From Italy.

This week I have joined ABC Wednesday for the Letter H


50 comments:

  1. Incredible photo! Thanks for sharing this unique bird with us.

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  2. I love the Hoopoe and have only ever seen one once in France. Apparently there are now about 100 birds which turn up in the Spring from Africa on the south coast of England.

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  3. amazing bird, i have never seen one before, not even a pic of one.

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  4. This is a very unique looking bird, I love his bill. I'm sure the sound he makes is really neat.
    Ann

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  5. Besides sparrows and a robin there are no birds here around anymore. I don't know why. Years ago we had so many !

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  6. wow! great shot...spectacular! wish i could get a shot of those rome parakeets but they're so fast!

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  7. Gorgeous!

    Hygiene, your comment will be highly appreciated.
    Have a great Wednesday

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  8. Oh so nice it is, the bird has not in Norway.
    Marit.

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  9. I had to drop by to figure out the significance of your title: animal, vegetable or mineral. Now I know!

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  10. Wow, what an amazing looking bird. I've never seen one like that before. Cool shot!!!

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  11. That is such an interesting bird! I wonder if they reside in America? What a shot!

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  12. Unique looking bird.

    Hands
    Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

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  13. beautiful and funny to watch:)

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  14. Handsome...had not heard of the Hoopoe, thanks for sharing♫♪

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  15. That is one cool bird. I'm so glad you got a great shot!

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  16. what an interesting creature; had never heard of it.
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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  17. I remember when I saw a picture of this special bird as my childhood, I wanted at once see it in person but I did not see this beauty then or later, perhaps I should visit your garden some day for seeing this bird :)
    Thank you for your comment my blog !

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  18. Very good capture, I like the hoopoe. Greetings.

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  19. I love the Upupa epops! We don't hear it much in the summer, more Spring to early summer and then again in the fall. When I used to take the dog out early in the mornings I'd sometimes get a glimpse of one flying away, but have been able to get a shot like this on one!

    Here in Spain we call them "abubillas", they remind people of owls because their chants kind of sound like hoots! :o)

    Care for a Taxonomy lesson? When you give the scientific (Latin) name of the species of an animal or plant, only the first word (the Genus) is capitalized, the second not. And by convention when typing they should both be in italics, but when writing they should be underlined. ;o)

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    1. Thanks for this response, interesting and I made the correction to the post.

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  20. I am always amazed how these birds with their long beak can live with injuries or breaking it. They have to eat and be careful. Excellent shot. Thanks for visiting my blog regularly.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  21. Fantastic photo of that Hoopoe, Linda! Your photographs are absolutely stunning lately. By the way, your comment on my blog post today did make me laugh!!! Toodle pip old bean!!! x

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  22. that bird is super-amazing! He looks like a pick handle (in the nicest possible way). Wow you got just the right profile shot didn't you? Look forward to more of this fabulous bird.

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  23. What a great looking bird! Would love to see one of those!

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  24. Linda, what a great bird to see in your yard. I love it and thanks for sharing your bird with me. Have a great day!

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  25. It's a lovely bird, one I have never heard of before.

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  26. :)So far they like knocking wood.
    Amazing shot!

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  27. That's a beauty! I love it when birds visit my garden!

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  28. What an awesome bird, I've never seen anything like him before!

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  29. :D Wow, what a dynamic bird. Its beak looks dangerous! Thanks for sharing because I had never before seen a bird like it!

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  30. Wow, what a handsome guy he is. I have never seen one like him before; I enjoy seeing many different birds.

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  31. Holy cow.....that's one impressive birdie! I'm going to have to investigate--sap sucking or wood pecking? I have to know! That's one dangerous looking beak! LOL

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  32. BUGS! They eat bugs!! We have lots of bugs here--feel free to deport a couple in my direction. Ohhhhhh....and they have awesome crown feathers! THREE--LOL send THREE! ;-)

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  33. What a beautiful photo love it..........

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  34. This bird always reminds me of my childhood, birdwatching with my big brother, it wasn't until a couple of years ago that I actually saw one, but didn't manage a photo. Lucky you for having them in your garden. x

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  35. What a magnificent bird!
    Fantastic to have it nearby.
    We do not see it here in the north!
    Thanks for sharing

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  36. So glad that you got this shot! I've never seen one of these birds before although I've heard of it.

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  37. I love this bird! The other day I spotted two, maybe a couple, but was unable to get a proper shot of them.

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  38. What a cool bird, Lindy Lou!!

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  39. Never heard or seen this bird before. Thanks for teaching me something new today. I would be excited to get a great shot of him also.

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  40. Great find! You got him well up there.

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  41. What a beautiful bird! Great capture.

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  42. That is the coolest bird I have ever seen! I mean, I didn't even know he existed! I wonder what he sounds like...is he a kind of woodpecker?

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    1. He sounds kind of like an owl! :o)

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    2. Surprisingly a member of the Kingfisher family Marie. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoopoe

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  43. In my land there is some, but I never get a shot. Do you know its nest stinks? That's true!

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