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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: 2016-03-03 3:26
Viewed: 1072
Points: 20
[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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Thrilled to see your Hoopoe after mine I posted a day or two ago, Marius. No wonder they are mostly seen foraging on the ground like in your shot too.
Amazing looking-back pose with right kind of exposure and details and colours.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2016-03-03 7:03]

Hi Marius,
Amazing colours and excellent sharp portrait this of a beautiful bird.
Perfect point of view. Is is one of my favorite bird
Regards Jiri.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2016-03-03 7:12]

Hello Marius,
Fantastic photo of this Hoopoe taken from a perfect POV in very attractive pose. The sharpness and details are superb, light and colours gorgeous! High quality!

hallo Marius
Great sharpness picture with beautiful colours and good details
thanks gr lou

Hello Marius
I just love these birds, they have the most interesting plumage. Excellent composition, detail, lighting and DOF. With any luck they may make there way to where I live. Have a great day!
TFS Janice

Ciao Marius, great capture of beautiful upupa in nice pose, splendid sharpness, fine details and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Marius,
Nice to see this beautiful compositional photograph of Hoopoe. Like.......the way, you tried to get as much as low ground level shot. Excellent pose with well DOF. Good work....
Just read your message and came to know how weather getting changed!
Thanks for sharing,

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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2016-03-03 14:38]

Hi Marius
This bird can easily deceive us with its crown that may seem a beak, in the distance.
Interesting and well presented.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-03-04 9:12]

Hi Marius,a very elegant pose for this nice upupa from your 2015 archive,perfect capture very sharp and bright,i like the contrast of colors too.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Hello Marius,
very impressed by this Hoopoe's perfect turn of the head. Great capture, indeed.
With best regards,

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