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Head of Hoopoe

Head of Hoopoe
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Copyright: ridvan iron (ridvan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-20
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): jmp *2, Great Portraits [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-21 6:08
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Hoopoe-İbibik-Çavuş kuşu

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Coraciiformes

Family: Upupidae
Leach, 1820
Genus: Upupa

Species: U. epops

Binomial name
Upupa epops
The Hoopoe Upupa epops is in the same order of often colourful near passerine birds as the kingfishers, bee-eaters, and rollers.

However, in the Sibley-Ahlquist taxonomy, the Hoopoe is separated from the Coraciiformes as a separate order, the Upupiformes. It is the only extant member of its family, although what are now considered subspecies, such as the resident African form U. e. africana, were formerly sometimes given specific status.

Approximate range: orange - nesting, blue - wintering, green - resident (all year)Hoopoes are widespread in Europe, Asia and North Africa, as well as Sub-Saharan Africa and Madagascar. They migrate from all but the southernmost part of their range to the tropics in winter.

Their habitat is open cultivated ground with short grass or bare patches. They spend much time on the ground hunting insects and worms. That particular diet may have been among the reasons the Hoopoe is included on the Old Testament's list of unclean birds (see Leviticus 11:19 and Deuteronomy 14:18).

The Hoopoe is 25-29cm long, with a 44-48cm wingspan. This black, white and pink bird is quite unmistakable, especially in its erratic flight, which is like that of a giant butterfly. The crest is erectile, but is mostly kept closed. It walks on the ground like a starling.

The song is a trisyllabic "oop-oop-oop", which gives rise to its English and scientific names.

The nest is in a hole in a tree or wall. Like those of its relatives the kingfishers, the nest tends to contain copious amounts of faeces and smell very foul as a protection against predators. Nesting hoopoes are capable of squirting fecal matter at intruders.

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Hello Ridvan !
What a wonderful bird, with these huge feathers on his head ! And I also like his color, tender orange with black and white. Beautiul composition and POV, excellent details, nice natural colors, the BG is blurred just enough to make the bird stand out. Very well done !

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-07-21 6:18]

Hi Ridvan. good to see you again. this is a very good close up shot.very good detail in the feathers. great hair do he has. good colours . with light in the eye. this is your 100th picture very well done TFS
Nick have a good weekend my friend.

What a hairdo! I love it! ha ha

Great photo - technically wonderful and just delightful overall.

Congrats on photo #100!!!!!

Rıdvan merhaba, Süper bir portre olmuş İbibiğin kafasını hiç bu kadar net ve ayrıntılı görmemiştim. Çok iyi yaklaşmışsın. Tebrikler. Mustafa.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-07-21 6:52]

Hi Ridvan,
Congratulations on your 100th post. Hope to see many many more.
This is a splendid shot of the Hoopoe's crest. Very sharp and wonderful details with lovely colours and focus. I love the way it displays it for you with its pose. Excellent POV and very nicely composed. Kudos.

Selam Ridvan, congratulations for your splendid 100th photo on TN, great portrait of Upupa with wonderful sharpness, very well done, have a great week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Ridvan,
What a very beautiful pin sharp most wonderfully detailed and perfectly lighted bird portrait.
Great shot, but pity there's a darker line top left.
Thanks for sharing.
Warm regards and have a nice weekend,

Çok net çok güzel bir çekim, elinize sağlık.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-07-21 7:16]

Merhaba Rıdvan,
İbibik benim çok isteyip henüz çekemediğim bir tür.F2.8 le arka plan tam flulaşmadığına göre geniş açıyla çekip çok yaklaşmış olmalısın.Tüylerdeki detaylar,gözdeki canlılk mükemmel.Tebrikler,ellerine sağlık!

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2007-07-21 7:32]

Hi Ridvan
very good capture with great details, colors and POV.
It's very interesting the apparatus in his head...

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-07-21 7:42]

Hi Ridvan,

A marvelous post for your 100th. Congratulations. An amazing close-up of the hoopoe's crest and face. The feathers are stunning with those beautiful colors and fine details. Beautiful eye and opened beak. This has to be one of my favorite pictures of this fabulous bird.


Hi Ridvan,
What a beautiful bird you have captured. Excellent composition, details and colors. Thanks a lot for sharing.

bonjour ridvan
ce portrait est genial
j'aime beaucoup la crete de cet oiseau,techniquement la photo est tres bonne.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-07-21 9:14]

Merhaba Ridvan,
Great to see with so great details, excellent pose y outstanding pose the head of this pretty bird.
Thank so much for sharing it!
TFS, José M.

Selam Ridvan y felicidades ( congratulatios ) por tu foto número 100 con esa estupenda calificación: 2877 puntos/2704 visitas, lo que demuestra que eres un buen fotógrafo ya que en TK los votos suelen tener casi siempre rigor. La foto me gusta ya que reflejas muy bien el color del ave y la pose es buena ya que deja ver la cresta y el pico. Espero que sigas publicando y hasta pronto. Un abrazo: J. Ignasi Tejedor

Merhaba Ridvan cok guzel olmus tugu detailar mukemmel pos super tebrikler eline saglik Necip.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-07-21 11:01]

Hi Ridvan,
an excellent capture of this fabulous bird.
Super sharp with amazing colours.
Brilliant POV.
Well done,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-07-21 11:34]

Selam Ridvan,
Excellent close portrait of a Hoopoe showing its crest. Fine sharpness and detail.
Congratulations on your 100th posting!
TFS and best regards,

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-07-21 13:04]

Hi Ridvan.
Beautiful detailed portrait of this amazing bird.Superb sharp details in plumage and great your used POV pretty shows his head really beautifully.Wonderful colors.Congrats for your excellent 100th post and thanks for sharing.
Best greetings Milos.

Hello Ridvan,
Really punk this fellow...
Never saw this beautiful species before...
Well cone

Hi Ridvan,
Great close-up of this Hoopoes head piece! Excellent sharpness and details and a lovely range of colours, stands out well from the blurred background too! Well done and TFS
Cheers Tina :-)

Hi Ridvan,
This is a superb portrait of this excellent looking bird. The detail in the image is wonderful. Great lighting and POV.

This is a great head shot of a Hoopoe, Ridvan.
Very sharop focus, nice details and colours.
Well done and TFS.

Hello Ridvan,
Very interesting specie, what wild looking head feathers!..Well exposed with nice colors and detail. Not sure about the BG though. Great note,
Well done!

Merhaba Rıdvan,
One of my another favourite bird (together with the owls). It's an exceptional portrait, especially how you close to this wild bird in the wild. I want to hearing from you on the notes section how you take this cute hupoe so close. Looks like you can touch to him. It should be a mysterios secret :-)
Great portrait with that crest up moment!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-07-22 6:11]

Hello Ridvan,
Congratulations to your 100th post. This is an excellent and particular picture of the Hoopoe, my favourite bird. It was a good idea to show only the head and its wonderful feather-ornaments. Nice natural colours and light.

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2007-07-22 19:38]

Hello Ridvan

What a remarkable crown!!! Excellent details and exposition... Colors looks very natural and I like having it the beak opened...!

Good job and TFS!


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-07-22 21:07]

Ridvan, Amazing shot and lovely composition. The focus is brilliant and also the colors. Ganesh

merhaba Rıdvan bey,
birkaç günlük TN ayrılığından sonra yeni ve güzel karelerinizi tekrar görmekten memnun kaldım. özellikle bu kare harika olmuş. bütün detaylar, netlik ve ibibik, çavuşkuşu, hüthüt, bazı yerlerde alihoroz denen bu güzel kuşun eskilerin deyimiyle nevi şahsına mahsus duruşu görüntülenmesi mükemmel güzellikle. eline sağlık, selamlar. Ahmet

Muhteşem bir netlik. Çok iyi yaklaşmışsın. Tam bir vesikalık olmuş. Eline sağlık

Great capture of an unusual subject...Excellent exposure and focus...Fine POV...TFS

thanks ridvan,
lovely your gallery too, fantastic shot, probably full of luck or handled?

Hi Ridvan

Congrats on an excellent shot. Well composed, good clear detail and nicely saturated colour. :-)

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