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Hoopoe bird (upupa epops),

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Locally known as the Hod Hod Bird

the land has just been watered making it soft enough for the hoopoe too dig its beak in without any effort, so busy hunting for grubs it hardly took any notice of me

the grub looks like the caterpillar of the phospher butterfly

common bulbul;

The rest of today’s photos are on http://nilecruise.wordpress.com/ ,

Striated heron (butorides striatus),


i sat for 2 hours on the waters edge of the Nile photographing the Pied Kingfishers  when this Striated heron flew in and landed about 20ft away, it  did not show any fear of me while it came to do what it came for  as soon as it caught its fish it flew off to a safe distance. then came back and landed on a branch with two young kingfishers.

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