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Upupa epops

Upupa epops
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Copyright: Christodoulos Makris (chrimakris) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1744 W: 79 N: 5425] (26007)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-29
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/8, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-01-11 5:37
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Upupa epops Linnaeus 1758

Upupa epops, is a colourful bird with a distinctive 'crown' of feathers. It is the only extant species in the family Upupidae (although some treatments consider some of the subspecies as separate species).

It is a medium sized bird, 2532 cm long, with a 4448 cm wingspan. It is a very distinctive species with a long, thin tapering bill and a 'crown' of feathers. It has broad and rounded wings capable of strong flight. It has a characteristic undulating flight, which is like that of a giant butterfly. The song is a trisyllabic "oop-oop-oop", which gives rise to its English and scientific names

Upupa epops 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.

In Cyprus Upupa epops is a common migratory species during spring and autumn. Some birds stay to breed mainly on the wooded areas of the mountains.

I have collected the following interesting information from the Wikipedia,

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.

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 maneuverable. 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.

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. The nest is in a hole in a tree or wall, with a narrow entrance.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-01-11 5:51]

Hello Christodoulos,
Fantastic sharp detailed photo in very beautiful light and colours. The whole bird is in total sharpness. Very good DOF, POV and composition. Pleasing eye contact.

Hello Christodoulos,
splendid capture of a superb bird. Wonderful details, colors and
Outstanding composition, light and perfect exposure.

Ωραίος ο τσαλαπετινός Χριστόδουλε, φανταστική λεπτομέρεια και ωραίο χρώμα,
καλή συνέχεια,

Splendid and beautiful! regards Yiannis

I really can stand many long minutes in front of this image, and will never get bored, friend Christodoulos! You have manage to catch this lovely Hoopoe in the most pleasant pose which gives us a great view offer the bird's body. Fantastic light and colors. Bravo!
George Veltchev

hello Christodoulos

excellent and very beautiful close-up shot of the Hoopoe,
fine POV and framing, very beautiful light,
great focus sharpness and details, the catch-light
render the photo always more beautiful like
in this photo, TFS


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2011-01-11 7:31]

Hello Christodoulos
Your photos are amazing and this one is no exception...
Excellent work!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-01-11 8:10]

Very fine details got here and good pose by the Hoopoe, fine capture. tfs.

hello Christo
You make so good sharpness picture,s
a beauty again with great details and very nice sunlight
nice pose with beautyful colours
great shot
greeting lou

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-01-11 8:33]

Hi Christodoulos,
Excellent photo of this Upupa epops, interesting Bird species, great natural colors and fine, colorful details, TFS!

Hi Christodoulos,
very nice photo of this bird. I like Your composition and natural colours. Great sharpness and nice background,
have a nice evening,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-01-11 11:33]

Hello Christodoulos.
This Hoopoe is a wonderful introduction. This is a fantastic portrait with wonderful colors and details. The pose is very nice and you do this amazing bird justice.Best regards Siggi

Ciao Christodoulos. Great pic here with fabolouse coloours and stunning details. Perfect DOF.


Geia sou Christodoule,
Fantastic photo taken from a very nice POV; light, sharpness, colours, DOF and composition are excellent. Kalinyxta, Pambos

Ciao Christodoulos, great capure of fantastic upupa, splerndid colors, wonderful sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2011-01-11 15:58]

Fine portrait of this Hoopoe. Contrast, brightness, sharpness and colour are spot on.

Hi Christodoulos,
Excellent macro capture of Hoopoe.Nice setails and composition . Thanks for sharing.

Great capture. Really sharp with nice colors. You managed to that little sparkle it's eye. It's an usual looking bird with it's crown and long beak. Well done.

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  • soccer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 0 N: 655] (2557)
  • [2011-01-11 22:49]

Hello Christodoulos,

The inage is well composed and shows a great sharpness and detail of the subject. The blurred BG and lighting also add to your quality image.

Hello Christodoulos!
Excellent capture, great pose, splendid sharpness, beautiful details and colors, excellent composition! Fantastic light management!

Hallo Christodoulos,
a fantastic capture of the Hoopoe, outstanding sharpness and amazing detail on the plumage, very beautiful colours, excellent POV and composition
Best regards

Hi Christodoule,
what can i say, you are the master of sharpness! Thanks for the info

Hello Christodoulos,

what an suburp image and i think the one from this bird i have ever been seen.
Exellent pov, sharpness and composition.
Fine natural colors.


Great portrait of Upupa epops!!! Nice colours and focus!! thanks for sharing!!!

Hello Christodoulos,
Top quality image with perfect sharp details, lovely colours, excellent POV and warm light. Well done!

How do you do to photograph so well the birds???????
Congratulations, regards

Hi Christodoulos,

The piece of the tree is helping to frame the bird. the point of view is showing the details and colors of the Upupa epops. The morning lights is giving nnices tints to the colors. Have a nice day.


Hi Chris,

Fantastic picture of this beautiful bird with fine details & sharpness.
Taken from a good POV with perfect light. Nice composition too.
Well done & TFS.

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