Hoopoe at Sand Bay, Weston-super-Mare

October 27, 2012  •  10 Comments

Amazingly there has been a hoopoe at Sand Bay near Weston-super-Mare for the last 3 days.  Many thanks to Paul Bowyer for tweeting about it this morning as I'd probably have missed it otherwise.  This showy visitor was on the grassy area behind the beach near Swallow Point Caravan Park and was helpfully signposted by a number of birders when I arrived this morning.  It was relatively mobile although not nearly as spooked by the many dog walkers as I'd have thought it would be.  It fed more or less continually, throwing morcels of food in the air and swallowing them rather like a bloke in a pub with a packet of peanuts. 

The light was beautiful although this actually caused a few problems with correctly exposing this contrasty bird.  Still I'm very pleased to have added a UK lifer to my list and to have managed the photos below.   Most of the shots were taken with the 600mm f4 with the Canon 2x TC added.  I think I could have done with stopping down a little more to get a bit more sharpness.

Hoopoe at Sand Bay 1Hoopoe - Upupa epops Hoopoe at Sand Bay 2Hoopoe - Upupa epops Hoopoe at Sand Bay 3Hoopoe - Upupa epops Hoopoe at Sand Bay 4Hoopoe - Upupa epops Hoopoe at Sand Bay 5Hoopoe - Upupa epops

Hoopoe flying awayHoopoe - Upupa epops

There was a bonus bird in the form of a kestrel that perched very nearby and seemed almost less concerned by the walkers than the hoopoe.

Kestrel at Sand BayKestrel - Falco tinnunculus Kestrel at Sand Bay flightKestrel - Falco tinnunculus


Comments

WildImaging
Thanks Ian. It's amazing what lands on our doorstep at times. This is a real showstopper.
Ian Dixon(non-registered)
many thanks to the twitchers we got to see the hoopoe at the end of our walk, something we would never have been aware of. Great pictures
WildImaging
Thanks Dog walker. I must say what a pleasure it's been to see how interested all the dog walkers have been in their unusual visitor and how tolerant of the invasion of the twitchers!
Dog walker(non-registered)
I walk my dogs every day on Sand Bay, and was very curious about all the bird watchers. I asked what they were looking at and was privileged to be allowed to look through one of the telescopes, where I got a great view of the hoopoe. Looked it all up on the internet when I got home and realised what a rare sighting I'd had. Fantastic pictures.
WildImaging
Thanks Nick. I wasn't really set up for flight shots yesterday and missed some good opportunities which is a shame.
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