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Thursday, 8 April 2010
Hoopoe (upupa epops).
The Hoopoe (upupa epops) must surely be one of Europe's most exotic birds. Its long curved bill, and tall prominent black-tipped crest, make it unmistakable. Its upper plumage is a warm cinnamon colour, and its wings strongly barred in black and white.
The Cuckoo has been with us for about two weeks, and we've also heard the Hoopoe's distinctive 'hoo hoo hoo' call. So, we're keeping our fingers crossed, hoping that once again he'll stay around and raise a family nearby.
We've had them here in the past; no reason why they shouldn't stay again..
We went with friends to the Scallop festival in Whitianga; a charming
seaside town in the Coromandal District.
Had a great time...5000 people, lots of wine...
4 years ago
The difference between an optimist and a pessimist, is that the optimist enjoys himself whilst waiting for the inevitable! I AM that optimist!
This is a daily, optimistic, 'photos and comments' blog. I make no judgements (only occasionally), just notes. If you wish to comment in any way at all, please feel free. Everything and everyone is very welcome.
I was born just south of London, but for the past 45 years I've lived in S W France. I am a painter by profession, and writer by desire. Lady Magnon and I live in an ancient cottage, in a tiny village, in perfectly tranquil countryside. We have a vegetable garden called 'Haddock's' (this may crop up from time to time), a Border Collie/Black Lab' cross called Bok, a cat called Freddie, plenty of fruit trees, and a view that takes the breath away. I try to treat our planet with respect, and encourage others to do likewise (without preaching).
Contentment is a glass of red, a plate of charcuterie, and a slice of good country bread. Perfect!