Friday, 8 July 2016

Fanciful Thoughts






The hoopoe family visited our garden this morning.  Occasionally we see a solitary hoopoe strutting around so to see four of these funny birds together was very unusual.  With its bold stripes, curved beak and flamboyant hair-do the hoopoe is quite an exotic looking bird. 


Hoopoes - photo quality is poor as it was taken through window glass



This morning we rode to Cazals.  An easy downhill ride there but a 6 km climb out of the town.  I was struggling up the steep hill and saw two ladies reclining comfortably on a shaded terrace, drinking coffee.  I had to ask myself why the hell I was doing this!   

It was very hot and I started to have fanciful thoughts on the ride home.  The ferns blowing in the breeze were people waving flags at the side of the road and Ree-shard’s rooster crowing loudly among the clucking chickens sounded like welcoming cheers as we arrived home.  I blame the heat.





7 comments:

  1. What interesting looking birds! I love those orange feathers in their heads.

    The heat can play tricks with the mind, but your fanciful thoughts sound like fun to me!

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    1. It's their crests that make them look so special. They're not so clever at flying though.

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  2. What interesting looking birds! I love those orange feathers in their heads.

    The heat can play tricks with the mind, but your fanciful thoughts sound like fun to me!

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  3. My absolute favourite bird. Some call with 3 'hoos', others with just 2; I wonder what the significance is! Here they are called Pi-Pute; although the spelling may be wrong.

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  4. I only recently noticed the bob of the head in time with the hoot. They must get sore beaks from trying to get food from the concrete like grass surface.

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    1. They seemed very interested in the insects on the surface of the track.

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