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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5412] (29598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-05-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: NIKON D810, Nikon 300mm f/4D IF-ED AF-S + 1,4TC II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-01-09 4:54
Viewed: 1055
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The hoopoe is a colourful bird found across Afro-Eurasia, notable for its distinctive "crown" of feathers. It is the only extant species in the family Upupidae. One insular species, the Saint Helena hoopoe, is extinct, and the Madagascar subspecies of the hoopoe is sometimes elevated to a full species. Like the Latin name upupa, the English name is an onomatopoeic form which imitates the cry of the bird. The hoopoe is the national bird of Israel.

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 all year. The species has been a vagrant in Alaska; U. e. saturata was recorded 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.

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Hello Marius,

Beautiful photograph of this Hoopoe. Excellent exposure and sharpness. I like the way you were able to isolate the subject from BG. As usual a good photograph to watch.
Thanks for sharing with useful NOTE,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2016-01-09 6:11]

Hi Marius.
One day I pictured simply identical scene. The same species, the same path, the same grass. However, your shot is better. DOF is precise, colours are vivid, details are great too. Well done and TFS.

Hello Marius

Great shot of the hoopoe with fine POV and framing obtaining
an perspective effect, beautiful soft light, excellent focus,
sharpness, and details, TFS


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2016-01-09 11:36]

Hello Marius,
Great sharp detailed photo of this Hoopoe in a nice composition and beautiful natural colors. Excellent DOF.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-01-09 11:43]

Hi Marius,great memory of the start of springtime,a bird that i never seen live in my life,while is very common.Perfect sharpness and colors but this isn't a surprise but a rule in your gallery...eheheh...have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hi, Marius. Another lovely photograph of this beautiful bird with excellent exposure and sharpness. Thanks for sharing and for the informative note.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2016-01-10 10:19]

Hello Marius,
A wonderful shot of this beautiful Hoopoe. I am always amazed at their unusual looking profile, their long pointed head crest seems to mirror their long bill. Attractive natural colors and excellent detail. Excellent eye contact with a tad bit of catchlight. Well done!!

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2016-01-11 11:08]

Hi Marius,
O! What happiness,this beautiful bird i saw last as a boy.
Amazing colors with excellent details.
Regards Jiri.

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