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Copyright: Goldy RS (goldyrs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 974 W: 51 N: 2913] (11497)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix HS10
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/600 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-01-19 19:55
Viewed: 3879
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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 staples. 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 fossil record of the hoopoes is very incomplete, with the earliest fossil coming from the Quaternary. The fossil record of their relatives is older, with fossil woodhoopoes dating back to the Miocene and those of an extinct related family, the Messelirrisoridae, dating from the Eocene.

It is the only extant member of its family, although some treatments consider some of the subspecies as separate species. Several authors have separated the Madagascan subspecies (U. e. marginata) as a separate species, and also the resident African form U. e. africana. The morphological differences between the most commonly split subspecies, U. e. marginata, and the other subspecies are minor, and only U. e. marginata has distinctly different vocalizations. One accepted separate species, the Giant Hoopoe, U. antaios, lived on the island of St Helena but became extinct in the sixteenth century, presumably due to introduced species

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Free at last! Free at Last! Great shot....if I were released from jail after years I would certainly look up and although this bird is not in jail, it is like out of central casting in Hollywood. It posed well for you!

hello Goldy

beautiful photo of the Hoopoe with the fine POV
and framing, beautiful light, beautiful bokeh
of the background, fine focus sharpness details,
beautiful catch-light and lovely glance of the bird,



Lovely shot Goldy. Amazing to see this lovely bird when I came back on TN after a long break.

Hallo Goldy,
a good capture of the Hoopoe, i like very much its posture, splendid colours and beautiful lighting and BG
Best regards

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-01-20 2:15]

Hello Goldy.
Very nice capture of this Hoopoe.The funny little fellow is beautiful.The hoopoe is really beautiful and I love the composition in this image.Best regards Siggi

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-01-20 2:47]

Hello Goldy,
a lovely presentation with the details and sharpness well seen. The fence gives a good graphical composition too. Very lively pose and exciting subject.


Ciao Goldy. Only bit tender sharp. Very good light and colours.


Bela foto com certeza este não esta preso e sim entre as grades curtindo a natureza,belissima imagem boa composição e cores,parabéns.

Ciao Goldy, beautiful Upupa with splendid colors, excellent sharpness, wonderful details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-01-20 10:02]

Hi Goldy.
This lovely bird is looked among the bars simply amazingly. This technical and natural combination is really fine. Light green BG supplements the main scene perfectly too. Kind regards and TFS.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-01-20 10:59]

Hello Goldy,
Nice symbolic photo for freedom with the fence and the Hoopoe looking upward. Beautiful colours, also in the OOF BG. The sharpness is not total, but the composition is great.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-01-21 2:20]

Welcome back Goldy!
Nice capture of a Hoopoe.
Though the metal bars can be interpreted as symbolic, or just as a part of our presence in the natural world, I like the pose and POV that shows the Hoopoe with fine sharpness and colours as it looks up through the bars showing a nice catch light in the eye.
Thanks and kind regards to you,

Hello Goldy,
Stunning capture with very nice details, excellent colors and lovely
composition. Wonderful sharpness and perfect exposure.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-01-22 19:16]

Hello Goldy,
Great shot of this unusual looking bird with beautiful markings and color. The bill almost seems too long for it's body. I must admit I have never heard of a Hoopoe bird until now. TFS.

Hi Goldy,

The fence is framing well the bird. the point of view is showing the details and colors of the Hoopoe. The blurry background is putting in evidence the bird. The early afternoon light is bringing out the colors. Have a nice day.


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