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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5412] (29592)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-03-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, Nikon 300mm f/4D IF-ED AF-S + 1,4TC II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-06-11 10:47
Viewed: 2122
Points: 44
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The Hoopoe (Upupa epops) is a colourful bird that is found across Afro-Eurasia, notable for its distinctive 'crown' of feathers.

A close relationship between the Hoopoe and the woodhoopoes is also supported by the shared and unique nature of their stapes. In the Sibley-Ahlquist taxonomy, the Hoopoe is separated from the Coraciiformes as a separate order, the Upupiformes. Some authorities place the woodhoopoes in the Upupiformes as well.

It is the only extant member of its family, although some treatments consider some of the subspecies as separate species. Several authors have separated the Madagascan subspecies (U. e. marginata) as a separate species, and also the resident African form U. e. africana. The morphological differences between the most commonly split subspecies, U. e. marginata, and the other subspecies are minor, and only U. e. marginata has distinctly different vocalisations. One accepted separate species, the Giant Hoopoe, U. antaios, lived on the island of St Helena but became extinct in the sixteenth century, presumably due to introduced species.

The Hoopoe is widespread in Europe, Asia, and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa and Madagascar. Most European and north Asian birds migrate to the tropics in winter. In contrast the African populations are sedentary year-round. The species has been a vagrant in Alaska; U. e. saturata was recorded as being seen there in 1975 in the Yukon Delta. Hoopoes have been known to breed north of their European range, and in southern England during warm, dry summers that provide plenty of grasshoppers and similar insects, although as of the early 1980s northern European populations were reported to be in the decline possibly due to changes in climate.

The Hoopoe has two basic requirements in its habitat; bare or lightly vegetated ground on which to forage and vertical surfaces with cavities (such as trees, cliffs or even walls, nestboxes, haystacks, and abandoned burrows) in which to nest. These requirements can be provided in a wide range of ecosystems and as a consequence they inhabit a wide range of habitats from heathland, wooded steppes, savannas and grasslands, as well as glades inside forests. The Madagascar subspecies also makes use of more dense primary forest.

The Hoopoe is a medium sized bird, 2532 cm (9.812.6 in) long, with a 4448 cm (17.319 in) wingspan weighing 4689 g (1.63.1 oz). The species is highly distinctive, with a long, thin tapering bill that is black with a fawn base. The strengthened musculature of the head allows the bill to be opened when probing inside the soil. The hoopoe has broad and rounded wings capable of strong flight; these are larger in the northern migratory subspecies. The Hoopoe has a characteristic undulating flight, which is like that of a giant butterfly, caused by the wings half closing at the end of each beat or short sequence of beats.

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Wow that's called jackpot Marius, Great bird in interesting pose, and great sharpness


Ciao Marius.
Stupenda foto di upupa in caratteristica posa ,eccellente nitidezza con ottimi particolari molto belli i colori come la splendida composizione complimenti.
Ciao Marco.

great capture on th e branch,Marius
curious posture of hoopoe on splendid bg

Hello Marius,
great capture of this Hoopoe with good sharpness and lovely details. I also like the beautifully natural colours and the nicely blurred background.
Best wishes,

Ciao Marius. Great time for the bird in action! Beautiful natural colours. Excellent focus.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-06-11 11:36]

Hello Marius,
Very beautiful photo of this Hoopoe in a pleasing pose. Great sharpness, details and natural colours. Nice OOF BG.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-06-11 12:08]

Hello Marius.
Great capture of this unique looking bird.The plumage shows well.Excellent colours and detail.
Wonderful pov and dof.Best regards Siggi

Hello Marius,

An excellent shot of this Hoopoe with great coloration, details & POV. Very nicely composed & presented. BTW, Hoopoe is one of my fravorite birds.

Great work & TFS.

Best wishes & regards!


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6525 W: 89 N: 15623] (65353)
  • [2012-06-11 14:33]

Hi Marius,magnificent capture of this beautiful upupa in this very strange and nice position,the top of quality of sharpness and colors,i wish to do the same one day...ehehhe..have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2012-06-11 21:54]

Buna Marius,
Splendida fotografie despre aceasta pupaza, culori si detalii clare, pline, claritatea la perfect, felicitari!
Am instalat un ascunzisi la Sp.si am ramas uimit de bogatia in specii a locului,numai ca vremea nu prea ma favorizeaza.
Numai bine, Joska

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-06-12 0:58]

what a capture, the bird keen on prey below, interesting image and well made too. tfs.

Good morning Marius
Wonderful Upupa in a cute pose.Excellent composition,wonderful colours and lighting and excellent sharp details.Congrats!
Thank You
Have a nice day!
Kind regards

Ciao Marius, lovely composition beautiful bid in very nice pose, excellent clarity, fine details, splendid light and colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

hello Marius
this picture is super sharp with great details and lovely light
the colours of this HOP in Holland are beautiful
thanks greeting lou

Hi Marius,
really beautiful bird. Interesting pose. Nice colours and composition.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-06-13 4:15]

Hello Marius,
What a cute pose of the Hoopoe! Vey special and touching, it seems as it had an interrogative look at the photographer. As usual fine picture, well composed and shown with superb light.
Thnaks and kind regards

Interesting pose and great photo Marius! Excellent composition, wonderful soft lighting and impressive sharpness!

Fantastic shot, unusyal pose. Good composition, nice and sharp with great feather detail. Nice catchlight in the eye. My personal "Photo of the day"

Hallo Marius,
A Sly little fellow in our region, never sits still when on the ground. You managed this shot perfectly my friend. Good eye contact and caught in a lovely pose. Coulors are beautiful natural, POV is excellent and a great DOF. Perfect focus on the eye of your subject. If you ever get another shot like this, try a F-8 to F10 and ISO 400 - 600 for that time of day in the same weather conditions.
Best regards,
For the next 3 months my time will be limited on TN due to working conditions. But I will visit if the time permits.

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  • Tina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 60 W: 0 N: 132] (1427)
  • [2012-06-17 4:27]

Buna Marius,
Superba postura ai surprins ! Pupaza parca te intreaba ceva ! Detaliile si culorile sunt superbe - ca de obicei ! Tina

Hi Marius:

A nice image of my favorit paleartic bird! Thanks for sharing


wonderful bird and nice picture MArius, congratulations for the capture !

ciao, tino

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