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    Default Just in time.

    We have wanted for a while to go out to a friends vineyard to get some pictures of the Hoopoe and her chicks that reside in a nesting box put up by a local Hoopoe expert, but one thing and another, we didn't get around to it till today, and only then because someone else canceled. The local guy has set up a portable hide, and without that, there is no chance. They are VERY shy, and if anyone is around, they won't come near.
    We got there just in time to see one of the young ones sticking his/her head out of the box.
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    A couple of minutes later the mother showed up with a worm, fed the chick and hopped up on the post that the box is attached to.
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    Suddenly a big fat Common Buzzard flew over, and both Hoopoe took off like lightning in different directions. Half an hour later the mother showed up again with a worm, but there was no one there to take it.
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    She stayed around for maybe 10 minutes, and slowly wandered off, worm in beak, maybe looking for the young one. That was it. No more Hoopoe till next year.

    All E-M1+Canon 400/5.6, ISO 200.

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    Default Re: Just in time.

    Thanks, Guy.
    The chick just flew away, like a pro!

    Amazing...

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    Default Re: Just in time.

    Nice shots, Daniel. Quite a bird, fun to see!
    ~Ken

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    Default Re: Just in time.

    Thanks for sharing these photos Dan. I have never seen this bird before.
    John B

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    Default Re: Just in time.

    excellent Daniel!

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    Default Re: Just in time.

    Thanks, everyone.

    Amazing what you can get out of an E-M1 file sometimes. I had this one, (the last shot before he split)
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    the last one in the series above blown up to 50x75cm. (about 20"x30") for a reception being given by the Hoopoe expert next week. Look great! Could have easily gone even bigger. The original crops were about 2400x1700 and 3100x2500 pixels. At 200 ISO you can still manage that, but it gets harry beyond 400. Good light and good exposure is, as usual, paramount.

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    Default Re: Just in time.

    These are just beautiful. Great job!

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