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Copyright: omer sozer (eng55) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: CANON 1Ds Mark III, Canon EF 800mm f5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Anna's Favourites 1, CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -5- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-11-25 23:49
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello TN friends
First of all thanks for the comments and nice words on my previous post.This Photo was taken at Riva-Istanbul from the car window.
Thanks for looking and have a great day!

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Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Coraciiformes

Family: Upupidae
Leach, 1820
Genus: Upupa
Linnaeus, 1758
Species: U. epops

Binomial name
Upupa epops
Linnaeus, 1758

Approximate range.
nesting resident (all year) wintering
The Hoopoe (pronounced /ˈhuːpuː/), Upupa epops, is a colourful bird that is 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 Giant Hoopoe of Saint Helena, is extinct, and the Madagascar subspecies of the Hoopoe is sometimes elevated to a full species.

1 Taxonomy
1.1 Subspecies
2 Distribution, habitat and migration
3 Description
4 Behaviour
4.1 Diet and feeding
4.2 Breeding

The Hoopoe is classified in the Coraciiformes clade, a group that also includes kingfishers, bee-eaters, rollers, and woodhoopoes (forming a clade with this one according to Hackett et al. (2008)). A close relationship between the Hoopoe and the woodhoopoes is also supported by the shared and unique nature of their stapes. In the Sibley-Ahlquist taxonomy, the Hoopoe is separated from the Coraciiformes as a separate order, the Upupiformes. Some authorities place the woodhoopoes in the Upupiformes as well.

Distribution, habitat and migration
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 year-round. The species has been a vagrant in Alaska;U. e. saturata was recorded as being seen 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.

The Hoopoe has two basic requirements in its habitat; bare or lightly vegetated ground on which to forage and vertical surfaces with cavities (such as trees, cliffs or even walls, nestboxes, haystacks, and abandoned burrows in which to nest.
The Hoopoe has established a sedentary population in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. They can be seen dipping for insects on the lawns of the houses located on the Saudi Aramco camps in the area. During a morning walk in September 2009, five Hoopoe were observed.
The muscles of the head allow the Hoopoe's bill to be opened when it is inserted into the groundThe Hoopoe is a medium sized bird, 25–32 cm (9.8-12.6 in) long, with a 44–48 cm (17.3-19 in) wingspan weighing 46-89 g (1.6-3.1 oz). The species is highly distinctive, with a long, thin tapering bill that is black with a fawn base. The strengthened musculature of the head allows the bill to be opened when probing inside the soil. The hoopoe has broad and rounded wings capable of strong flight; these are larger in the northern migratory subspecies. The Hoopoe has a characteristic undulating flight, which is like that of a giant butterfly, caused by the wings half closing at the end of each beat or short sequence of beats.

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

A hoopoe sunbathing, on Lanzarote. Behaviour
In what was long thought to be a defensive posture, Hoopoes sunbathe by spreading out their wings and tail low against the ground and tilting their head up; they often fold their wings and preen halfway through The Hoopoe also enjoys taking dust and sand baths.

Diet and feeding
The diet of the Hoopoe is mostly composed of insects, although small reptiles and frogs as well as some plant matter such as seeds and berries are sometimes taken as well. It is a solitary forager which typically feeds on the ground. More rarely they will feed in the air, in pursuit of numerous swarming insects, where their strong and rounded wings make them fast and manoeuvrable. More commonly their foraging style is to stride on relatively open ground and periodically pause to probe the ground with the full length of their bill. Insect larvae, pupae and mole crickets are detected by the bill and either extracted or dug out with the strong feet. In addition to feeding in soil Hoopoes will feed on insects on the surface, as well as probing into piles of leaves and even using the bill to lever large stones and flake off bark. Common diet items include crickets, locusts, beetles, earwigs, cicadas, ant lions, bugs and ants. These can range from 10 to 150 mm in length, with the preferred size of prey being around 20-30 mm. Larger prey items are beaten against the ground or a preferred stone in order to kill them and remove indigestible body parts such as wings and legs.

The Hoopoe is monogamous, although the pair bond apparently only lasts for a single season. They are also territorial, with the male calling frequently to advertise his ownership of the territory. Chases and fights between rival males (and sometimes females) are common and can be brutal. Birds will try to stab rivals with their bills, and individuals are occasionally blinded in fights.The nest is in a hole in a tree or wall, with a narrow entrance; it may be unlined or various scraps may be collected. The female alone is responsible for incubating the eggs. increasingly dirty nest. They weigh 4.5 grams. A replacement clutch is possible.

The Hoopes have well developed anti-predators defences in the nest. The uropygial gland of the incubating and brooding female is quickly modified to produce a foul-smelling liquid, and the glands of nestlings do so was well. These secretions are rubbed into the plumage. The secretion, which smells like rotting meat, is thought to help deter predators, as well as deter parasites and possibly act as an antibacterial agent.The secretions stop soon before the young leave the nest.In addition to this secretion nestlings are able to direct streams of faeces at nest intruders from the age of six days, and will also hiss at intruders in a snake like fashion. The young also strike with their bill or with one wing.

The incubation period for the species is between 15 and 18 days. During incubation the female is fed by the male. The incubation period begins as soon as the first egg is laid, so the chicks are born asynchronously. The chicks hatch with a covering of downy feathers, by around day days feather quills emerge which become adult feathers. The chicks are brooded by the female for between 9 to 14 days. The female later joins the male in the task of bringing food. The young fledge in 26 to 29 days and remain with the parents for about a week

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-11-25 23:53]

Günaydın Ömer Bey,
ilk yorumu yazmak da bana nasip oldu bugün. Enfes bir ibibik çekimi olmuş.
Hem de ibiğini açmış durumda çekmişsiniz. Arka plan tekniği çok güzel. Emeğinize sağlık.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-11-25 23:54]

Hello Omer,
Lovely image!! Great composition, excellent sharpness and details and lovely coloured feathers. Good DOF and POV. Well done and TFS
Best regards Siggi

Ömer bey, muhteşem poz. İbibik benim en çok hoşuma giden kuşlardan. Üzerinde durduğu yer, arka planın güzelliği ve detaylar ile çok hoş bir çalışma olmuş.
Elinize sağlık.

Omer bey gunaydin. Dayimdan hizli ciktiniz bugun. Ondan kare beklerken sizinkini gordum. Elinize saglik. Londra'dan selamlar.

Hallo Omer
I am jealous! I am green with jealousy! Perfect photography. You have been very lucky been able to photograph one of these birds with such great detail and focus. They are normally busy bodies, and not patient models. I like the pose with its crest displaying so beautifully and its tail feathers opened like a fan. The catch light caught in the eye adds to the speciality of a great image. Thanks for sharing this lovely multi-coloured bird with its prominent features. Best regards and thanks for sharing.

Hello Omer,
a wonderful picture of this Upupa taken from an excellent POV with outstanding sharpness and marvellouss colours, fantastic posture of the very beautiful bird in a superb composition with a very good BG.
Best regards

Günaydın Dostum:)

sana komşu olamak için çabaladım ama yükleyene kadar araya 3-4 kişi girmiş bile:)
her zamanki gibi sıradışı güzellikte bir çekim yapmışsın. Sığ alan derinliği ile konu ön plana çıktığı gibi, arka plan da pürüzsüz ve konuyla kontrast olacak şekilde göz alıcı olmuş.
Renklerin uyumu da bir o kadar etkileyici. Konunuın kendisi zaten başklı başına bir güzellik. Deklanşöre basma anını harika zamanlamışsın. İbikleri açıkken yakalamak zor bu dilberi. Daha önce kaç kez çektiysem bu anı tutturamadım ben:)
Eline sağlık dostum. İyi ve neşeli bir gün diliyorum.


Hi Omar,

Very well captured this Hoopoe. Very unique style. Nice and bright colours. Very nice composition.


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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-11-26 0:46]

Ömer bey selamlar,
Bu fantastik ve insancıl kuşu, çok güzel bir kompozisyonda görüntülemişsiniz...
Renk ve keskin detaylar oldukça güzel.Arkaplanda ...
Mutlu bayramlar,

Świetne zdjęcie Dudka. Bardzo dobra kompozycja (POV) i kolory, idealna głębia ostrości (DOF).
Gratuluję i pozdrawiam

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-11-26 1:04]

Hello Omer,
Great photo in splendid light. You managed it very well. The isolation from the marvelous BG, the sharpness, colours, pose, POV and composition are all very beautiful.

hi Omer.. Excellent pic.. perfect timing...

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-11-26 1:42]

Merhaba Ömer Dostum,
A fine capture of a Hoopoe with its crest raised taken in a great pose on the mound with excellent sharpness and lighting against a pleasing OOF BG. The car can be a useful hide !
Thanks and best regards,

Şahane olmuş Ömer bey
İyi bayramlar dilerim..

hello Omer!
enjoyable and exceptional pose and scene, I be jealous also the moment and the perfect photo output!
keep photographing! TFS

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-11-26 4:38]

Ömer Bey merhaba,
Muhteşem zamanlama,enfes bir poz,harika bir çekim.Renkler,netlik,kadraj çok hoş bir kompizisyonu el birliği ile çok güzel örmüşler.Tebrik ederim.

Merhaba Omer,

An excellent capture with brilliant colors, sharpness & fine details. Great composition, POV & timing. Very well taken & presented.

TFS & salam.

hello Omar
super sharpness picture with very good light and beautiful colours
greeting lou

Hello Omer,
Wonderful photo with great sharpness and fine details.
Excellent composition , POV and background.

Dear Omer,
This photo of a Hoopoe is quite breath-taking: here, in South Africa they are very shy - and I can only observe it through the windows - when it pokes our lawn with it's delicate, long, curved beak. As soon as I move the slightest, it raises the crest and flies into the next tree...

They are quite common in the Kruger Park area, are resident and breed from September (our spring) to February.

Here - in addition to insects - the also eat small frogs, lizards and burrowing snakes.

A beautiful bird - beautifully presented with notes, which are most informative.
I really enjoy your presentation,
Have a nice evening
Kind regards

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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2009-11-26 9:21]

Sua foto da janela do carro ficou muito interessante, ou melhor, perfeita.
A profundidade de campo focal ficou excelente e com isso o fundo ficou maravilhoso. O passaro é bonito e charmoso por natureza, mas vc soube realçar ainda mais essa realidade. Parabéns pelo belo trabalho.
Um abraço,

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-11-26 9:46]

Hello Omer
One of the best photos with this species, wonderful composition, colors and excellent details. A top quality image.

Selam Ömer Bey, sabah bu güzelliği görmemişim. Çok güzel pozda yakalamışsınız. Elinize sağlık.
Hayırlı bayramlar diliyorum. Saygılarımla,

Hello Omer,
Excellent capture, with fine details and very nice colors. Beautiful background too. Best regards,

Hello Omer
fantastic shot of this Hoopoe, taken with amazing details especially on his superb plumage
great composed shot with wonderful colors, pose and DOF
have a good night

  • jignasi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2118 W: 0 N: 3424] (27917)
  • [2009-11-26 16:55]

Bufff Omer.... eres un gran fotógrafo. No se como consigues esa nitidez en todas tus imágenes; son realmente sorprendentes por su belleza.
En esta mucha oportunidad al captar la abubilla con toda su cresta despegada.
Un placer el visitarte y un saludo desde España: Josep Ignasi.

off of dedirten bir kare. zamanlama, netlik, renkler ve açı; hepsi çok güzel. elinize sağlık, Ömer Bey.
iyi bayramlar dilerim. selamlar.

Omer bey.. cok guzel bir poz ve harika renkler. kucuklugumden beri bildigim ve sevdigim guzel bir cavus kusu fotosu olmus...
Elinize saglik.. iyi bayramlar diliyorum...

Hello Omer,

a very nice pic from this red list bird in the Netherlands.
From time to time he is here.
Exellent pov, blurred bg and good of sharpness with natural colours.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-11-27 10:59]

Hello mer,
This is a terrific capture of a Hoopoe with its crest raised! Excellent timing and a very fine composition. Lovely colours and sharp details too.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Ciao Omer, great capture of splendid Upupa, perfect focus, excellent sharpness, lovely blurry BG and fantastic colors, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-11-28 5:12]

Hello Omer,
Not everybody can see this magnificent bird from the window of his car! Fascinating and most beautiful bird, which you caught in an excellent pose against a fine colored background. Just perfect!
This bird lives also in my country, but I never have seen it.
Have a nice weekend
Kind regards

All your images are of OUTSTANDING QUALITY!!!
What a MAGNIFICIENT lovely multi-colourd bird.
And, it was there ... just "POSING" for you. You are a very lucky person. MOST LOVELY, indeed.
Love this frame.
Greetings from Mario in Canada.

hello Omer
slendide photo
un tres belle oiseau et que dire des couleurs magnifique
bravo pour la qualitée de la photo c est magnifique
best regards

Great capture of this lovely bird.
Perfect colours and details.Congratulations.
Friendly regards.Alin.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-11-28 10:38]

Merhaba Ömer,
Ne yakalamak! Biz detayları ve renkleri bu resim ne bu! Basitçe, bir kelime ... fabulous.
Güzel bir akşam,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-11-28 10:59]

Hi Omer. I missed this first class close up of this Hoopoe . Whic have taken with fine detail and warm colours. I like the side POV so we can see its head feathers. well taken TFS.

hello Omer

excellent and beautiful photo of the Hoopoe, fine POV and framing
with leaving a very good space in-front of the bird,
fine focus great sharpness and details, beautiful warm luminosity,



Hello Omer,

Now that is a good looking fellow!
And the image is the final proof a car can be a great platform for photography hehehe...
Excellent details in the impressive plumage, a fine pose from a proud bird!

Pablo -

hi omer!
one of the most beautiful pics on the hoopoe!
good work!

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  • bedri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 237] (1284)
  • [2009-12-01 4:51]

Harika tür ve enfes görüntülemişsin Ömer ağbi, emeklerine sağlık..
Selamlar saygılar,

very nice capture, TFS Ori

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-12-03 9:35]

Merhaba Omer,
every shot has a star...such an outstanding work from you. Its really a pleasure to look at your birds capture.
Well done and well presented in excellent skills.


Hello Omer,
Great shot where subject stands out very well from the faded background. Your are great MF. It goes straightway into my favorites.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-12-05 19:17]

Hello Omer,
Totally awesome image!! Love the exceptional detail and soft natural colors. Excellent exposure and great composition!! Very informative notes!! TFS.

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  • Abyta Silver Star Critiquer [C: 20 W: 0 N: 34] (130)
  • [2009-12-16 0:01]

Hello Omer,
Perfect image with excellent colors, sharpness and lighting!
We are calling this bird "Udod"...
Best regards,

Merhaba Ömer bey,

Süper bir zamanlama ve çekim. İbibiğini açarken görüntülemeniz çok güzel olmuş.
Çok keskin görüşe sahip ve hislerinin çok sağlam olduğu bilinen bu türe farkedilmeden harika görüntü almışsınız.
İbibik, hüdhüd, çavuş kuşu...bir çok ismi olan bu güzel canlı ile ilgili güzel bir tanıtım olmuş.
Elinize ve emeğinize sağlık.

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