Tuesday, 25 August 2009

From the Roving Reporter : Hoe Hoopoe

And now over to our roving reporter, for word of a twitch.......
I had just finished wandering around Sandwich Bay feeling quite pleased with having found 4 wheatears, 4 whinchats and 2 stonechats when a call alerted me to the presence of a hoopoe at Samphire Hoe. Suddenly what I had been trying to photograph for the previous hour lost its significance!
At Samphire Hoe the visitor centre kindly gave me directions and I shot off to the western end of the Hoe, the bird being in residence about 100 yards past the end of the Hoe itself. Tony Morris and family were already on the shingle merrily snapping away at the hoopoe which was only 20 yards or so up the cliff face and I joined them in the photo-fest.
The bird was moving about quite a lot as it fed on the insects populating the cliff face vegetation but every now and again it came into view and the camera shutters rattled.
After 30 minutes it flew east some 20 yards to a more exposed area of cliff face but rapidly vacated that area and flew another 50 yards east and disappeared high into the cliff face vegetation.I departed at that point and don’t know whether the bird was relocated by the newly arriving birders; I hope so.
This has been Steve Ray, East Kent, for the Kingsdown blogspot.

His Flickr site is always worth a look - now he's got close-ups of a curlew sandpiper. It makes me weep - Ed.

8 comments:

Rambling Rob said...

Impressive roving and reporting!
That's a bird which looks as exotic as it is, I think.

Greenie said...

Steve ,
Sounds like you are enjoying your new job .
Great shots of the Hoopoe .
What you saw at Sandwich Bay would have been enough for 'non hacks' .

Kingsdowner said...

Rob, Greenie, thanks for your comments - but I obviously didn't make it clear that it was not I who saw the birds and took the pictures, but a lazy layabout retired friend (confusingly also called Steve) who I asked to do a report to accompany his stunning pix.
My job is to sit at a desk while others enjoy life.

NW Nature Nut said...

Great photos and that Hoopoe is very cool! What an attractive bird!

Warren Baker said...

so thats where my Wheatear and whinchat went - straight passed my patch! That Hoopoe could have come for a visit too!

DOT said...

So glad you are posting pics of birds - a couple of twitchers I know were very dismissive of your blog, when reported, because, as they snootily said, with flora, nothing moves. Pfff!

Steve (Ray) said...

Lazy layabout - that's no way to treat a part time contributer. I would also like to say that this retirement lark is hard work. I'm out at dawn every morning and have to lug vast quantities of kit around to supply your blog spot with pictures of creatures that move. It does have it's rewards though. Today it was 4 curlew sandpipers at Sandwich.

Mary said...

That Hoopoe is a really unusual bird! Great shots.