Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Male Hoopoe taking a grub to the nest hole. Northern Senegal.

Male Hoopoe (senegalensis). The large white secondary patch identifies it as the West African race.

Taking a grub to the nest hole where the female was brooding the young (maybe a week old)

The extensive white secondaries are easily visible.

Female leaving the nest cavity for a breather and a preen. I was surprised to see that she had wing markings that closely resembled the European race epops

She also had a dusky mantle similar to epops. The male's upper-parts were similar in tone to the rest of the body. Also note the evenly barred secondaries. The West African field guide illustrations clearly separate the two Hoopoe forms but it would surely be unusual for a European to be breeding with a West African? 

Male with grub.

Chestnut-backed Sparrow Lark

Black-crowned Sparrow Lark

Greater Blue-eared Starling

White Pelicans

Iberian Wagtails