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African Hoopoe by WillemSvdMerwe African Hoopoe by WillemSvdMerwe
The African Hoopoe is sometimes considered a species, Upupa africana, or sometimes a subspecies of Upupa epops which also occurs in Europe and Asia. It is a bird that visits my garden a lot, probing the soil with its bill for beetle grubs like this one, or mole crickets or other insects. It is raising its crest here, but usually folds it back. In flight its bold black and white wing markings are very conspicuous. Coloured pencil.
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mydigitalmind Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi there :wave: Your work has been featured as one of #Birds-Club's top art submissions for the month of July. You can find the article which also contains other beautiful bird art here: mydigitalmind.deviantart.com/j…
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:iconwillemsvdmerwe:
Thank you very much!  There are some lovely other birds there.  It's an honour!
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TaniaAV Jul 30, 2013   Traditional Artist
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:iconwillemsvdmerwe:
Thanks so much for this honour!
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TaniaAV Jul 30, 2013   Traditional Artist
you're welcome^^
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:iconjaldithas:
great picture, I see our european subspecies seldomly in garden and forest  :)
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:iconwillemsvdmerwe:
Thank you!  I hope you see a few more of them.
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:iconthe-evil-plankton:
I saw one of these on my visit to South Africa !
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:iconwillemsvdmerwe:
I'm glad you did!
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namu-the-orca Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely to have these birds in your backyard, I'm jealous! We hardly have them in the Netherlands anymore. Gorgeous illustration too, I love that he's got his crest up in the air. What's actually the difference between the Eurasian and African species? I've been looking at some photos and besides the Eurasian species having light feet and the African black feet, I can't see many other differences? [link] (eurasian) [link] (african)
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