Sunday, November 29, 2020

A Family Visit

What to do on a rainy Sunday afternoon? 

OK.  I own up Boris. I broke the lockdown rules, snuck onto an aircraft at Manchester Airport and paid a visit to old friends, the Family Hoopoe who live in Menorca, the Balearics, Spain. 

The Hoopoe is a firm favourite with birders, toggers and even Joe Public who normally hates birds but will break off from his DIY or walking the dog to look at a Hoopoe. 

For a good few years a pair of Hoopoes nested in the very same spot along a quiet roadside of Menorca. All photos were taken in the month of May from a car window while the 28 degrees sun beat down. The family became good friends of mine and no Hoopoes were harmed in the taking of these pictures. 

The below is a compilation of visits over three seasons. Click the pics for close-ups of the family fun. 

Enjoy the family visit while you can folks. The Government is just following orders and expects you to do the same.


Back soon from my trip to Spain. There's local news and views in a day or two from Another Bird Blog.


cdn natuur fotografie said...

fantastic photos of a beautiful bird. A pleasure to watch. Greetings Chris

jp@A Green Ridge said...

WOW! Now that's a real "looker"...such an interesting appearance, Phil. Safe travels...:)jp

Mike Attwood said...

Naughty-naughty Phil, I shan't split on you. It must have been worth it. It has been more than 20 years since I saw one in Sussex and I wasn't carrying a camera. Good set of pictures. Stay safe. Mike

Margaret Birding For Pleasure said...

you naughty boy! Great set of photographs of this special bird phil

eileeninmd said...

Hello Phil,

I would love to see this bird in person. Awesome series on the Hoopoe!
Take care, have a happy new week!

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

the Hoopoes are so cute - I'm not familiar with them at all. Very interesting feathers on the head. BTW your owl header is amazing.

Fun60 said...

Very beautiful and distinctive.

NCSue said...

Such distinctive birds - one of a kind!
Thanks for sharing at

Veronica Lee said...

WOW! What a looker! I've never seen a bird this gorgeous!

Happy Tuesday, Phil!

s.c said...

Great bird shots. Love them.

Lowcarb team member said...

All such lovely photographs :)

All the best Jan

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