See previous. All were waiting to tee off at the tenth when they called me from my buggy to snap this bird which I'd never seen before! It was untroubled by the golfers and I got to within a few feet of it. It was still digging away when we departed! The Hoopoe is widespread in Europe, Asia and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa and Madagascar and most European and North Asian birds migrate to the tropics in winter. Apparently the Hoopoe was chosen as Israel's national bird in 2008 following a national poll and was considered sacred in Ancient Egypt. It is also the state-bird of the Punjab province of India and it was seen as a symbol of virtue in Persia! Not a lot of people know that!!! The Hoopoe diet consists mainly of insects and it is a solitary forager which typically feeds on the ground. It probes the ground with the full length of the bill and the muscles of the head allows the bill to be opened when it is inserted in the ground which it was busy doing when I got my pics!!!
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Photo taken in Orihuela, Alicante, Spain
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