Hoopoes, wet ones

We have had a bit of rain here and everything underfoot is wet.  And so it would seem some of the things overhead.   One of the things that makes living in the campo wonderful is the birdlife.  We often see all sorts of birds of birds of prey and bee eaters and also one of my favourites.  The Hoopoe.

The hoopoe trying to stay dry on a day which had 70 mm of rain over  24 hours.

The hoopoe trying to stay dry on a day which had 70 mm of rain over 24 hours.

When my children were small, pre-school in fact, Tom’s party trick was going through the AA Book of British Birds and naming them.  The hoopoe was one he could do.  He can’t remember any of them now needless to say.

Simon found this rather damp little chap attempting to take cover in the chicken coop.

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His crest should be standing up and fluffy, not looking like it is full of hair gel.