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Hoopoes in the Dordogne

Observed: 20th June 2009 By: clydehintonclydehinton’s reputation in Birds

I saw this pair of hoopoes while driving and took the pics through the windscreen. They are not very clear, but good enough to indentify them, I guess. In the last pic, you can see one of the birds flying off. Around that time of year (June), hoopoes seem to be quite common in our area and not at all timid. They seem to like to be on this forest trail which I use a lot.

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No doubt they are hoopoe, such wonderfully exotic looking birds. We only get the odd hoopoe showing up in Britain. I remember, many years ago now when working on a nature reserve, a lady brought in some feathers she had taken off her cat - you guessed it they were hoopoe feathers. The warden was almost in tears, the house backed on to the reserve and it would have been a new sighting for the reserve.

Graham Banwell

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