There have been quite a few hoopoe reports around just lately and I was hoping for a chance of one this spring as its quite a while since I had my last (and only) one near York a few years back.
After a showery day I was just packing up for work when news of a hoopoe near Beverley was broadcast.
A quick dash home for the camera and before long I was watching the hoopoe on a lawn in a private garden somewhere in the back of beyond.
It was eating leatherjackets and worms nearly all the time staying mostly in the shade.It did however venture out into the sunshine and later on when everybody had gone it came remarkably close.
One of our more exotic looking birds, they really are something to marvel.