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Old Mar 25, 2011, 10:45 AM   #1
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Default Hoopoe - at last !

Whilst for some these birds may be commonplace I haven't seen them for many years, and then I read on a bird blog that a pair had been spotted at Shanghai Zoo (this zoo is not your normal zoo - there are copses, ponds and huge tree lined fields and it's easy to walk around for an hour or so without even seeing an enclosure - hence heaven for much of the local and passerine birds). So off I went and after 3 hours of shooting other wild birds and some squirrels (and as most other people had left and the light was fading) I decided to call it a day. I was walking back through a field that earlier had been full of school children, and now not a soul, when suddenly from behind there was a whoosh and lo and behold the Hoopoe couple swooped past my head and landed not 20 yards (metres) in front of me - talk about luck !

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Unfortunately I had reduced the shutter speed to give me better ISO levels for the feeding shots and when they suddenly took off I could do nothing but snap away knowing they were going to be blurred. However it did show two things 1) how lovely these birds are in flight and 2) how good the K5 & DA*300 are at tracking BIF .... look at how far away and how small in the shot the Hoopoe is in the last of these 3 shots.



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Old Mar 25, 2011, 10:48 AM   #2
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Oops must have reached the limit of images per post - here is the last one :

This is with the 300 so the bird must have been between 80 & 100 yds away by then, yet still in focus and tracking perfectly.

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Great shots of the Hoopoes! I had never seen them before.
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Unusual looking bird, Great photos! Congratulations, persistence pays off yet you still have to be prepared when the opportunity presents itself.

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Great shots of the Hoopoes! I also have never seen one of them before.
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Thank you Mac, Ed and Hans for the comments - so glad you enjoyed these shots !

The Hoopoe is certainly an unusual, and lovely, looking bird, especially when it shows it's crest. I saw a wonderful shot once of the Hoopoe taking an insect in flight with it's crest fully extended .. that's the holy grail for me for this bird !
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Wonderful detail and light on some amazing birds - your new equipment is certainly working well - so glad it is in your very capable hands!!
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Wonderful detail and light on some amazing birds - your new equipment is certainly working well - so glad it is in your very capable hands!!
Thank you Mole - they really are amazing. The K5 with the DA*300 is a great combination. Great reading about these birds on Wiki too :

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoopoe#..._and_migration
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Hi Kevin,

Congrats!! It's always a great feeling to fill in a hole in the species list. I've got quite a few. Luck plays its part, but the test is whether or not you're up to taking advantage of opportunities, and you've done admirably in this case! . . . and the bird is spectacular.

Very nice work.

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Fascinating looking bird -- I've never seen anything like it. Congratulations on getting such great shots.
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