The Hoopoe Bird
The Hoopoe is my favourite bird. I have always loved birds, but as an artist I am particularly drawn to those with vibrancy and uniqueness - the Hoopoe certainly fits that bill!
The first time I saw one in the flesh was in 2006 when I went on holiday to Gran Canaria. For me a holiday is always wildlife photography first and tourism second and there was one solitary bird pecking around the green in a resort further down the road from ours. I followed it with wide eyes, not quite believing what I was seeing, (even though they are relatively widespread there) and found a family of them. A 10 day holiday turned into a Hoopoe watching holiday and I took as many photos as I possibly could, 5 of which you can see on this page.