Friday, 17 June 2011

The Common Hoopoe (2)

I have noticed this Common Hoopoe around the soi over the last few weeks and I decided to get the rig out on my return home from work tonight as I saw him flying around in an open space area. He is a dramatic looking fellow, locally known as the axe head bird. I am not sure about his status; the field guide map says those in the Greater Bangkok area are migratory and that elsewhere they are resident. I am not sure that I see it all year round here in Ratchaburi.  Maybe I'll need to monitor it more. The lower picture been might have been special but alas I am shooting at a slow shutter speed in fading light so when my subject spreads his crest and wings the capture is inevitably blurred. Mental note: get out at about 3:3o pm and try to capture this fellow when he spreads his crest and you can shoot at a faster shutter speed! He was involved in some fairly aggressive sparring with Common Mynas, a Drongo and an Oriental Magpie Robin. What a great "common" bird!

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous18 June, 2011

    I follow your blog about birds because they are my favorite creatures; and everytime, I am amazed at the wonder of God's creation. How beautiful these birds are!