Inspiration & Hoopoes

Painting: Dmitry Fedorenko

Monday, I looked through the sites of the bloggers who ‘liked’ my post. One of these bloggers, for me, is truly inspiring.

Since looking on her blog, I really can’t put it down. I am working my way through all of her work, reading with gleeful abandon😁 Thank you sooo much Jenna for sharing 🤗

Where does the Hoopoe fit in?, I hear you.

Well, there I was, sitting outside my travelling home, reading Jenna’s posts, then down flew a hoopoe. At first I did not know it was a hoopoe. I need to wear glasses for reading, although from the flutter, the sound and the breeze it caused on my feet, I knew it was a bird. I had to lift my glasses to clearly see it.

The hoopoe strutted about me pecking the ground, then it walked closer, between my feet, which were positioned apart, it stopped right there. It seemed like quite a time as I sat in awe watching it moving its head in search of insects. Then it tilted its head right around and looked at me, which also seemed like it was for quite some time. Then it moved away from between my feet pecked around some more, one side of me then the other, then it flew away.

Now, I am aware that I have always connected with nature, and it with me, but hoopoes in my experience are very shy birds. It was not as if I didn’t move, I needed to lift my hand in order to remove my reading glasses. I feel truly honoured to have experienced this.

So, basically I just wanted to say…Monday was really good for me. I discovered a very inspiring blogger, reading Jenna’s blogs is like reading my own thoughts. And having a nature experience sent from the universe all in the same day….wow

Thank you Universe, thank you Jenna and thank you hoopoe 😁🤗

Please take a look at Jenna’s posts, I have highlighted a link😉

And now, the perfect opportunity to share some insight about Hoopoes:

There are various omens concerning hoopoes, just want to say…not interested in this….just in case anyone comments😇

The Eurasian hoopoe, with which I had a liaison is native to Europe and Northern Africa.

Unfortunately they are traded live in Morocco and sold for herbal/medicinal purposes 😖

The hoopoes closest relative is the kingfisher which is also a spectacular bird.

In some ancient civilisations hoopoes were considered sacred👍

A hoopoes life span is about 10 years.

It lays between 7-12 eggs per season, which take about 16 days to hatch.

Hoopoes love to eat ants, they also eat small frogs, small lizards, some seeds and fruit.

The hoopoe is a medium sized bird 9-12 inches long with a 17-19 inch wingspan.

Hoopoes like to sunbathe, spreading their wings and tilting their heads back low on the ground, it is interesting to watch. They also, like many birds enjoy a dust bath.

Sunbathing Hoopoe: Tamsin Carlisle

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