Common Hoopoe (Upupa epops)

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Common Hoopoe (Upupa epops)

Common Hoopoes (Upupa epops) were a common sight (and a distinctive sound!) during my recent trip to Extremadura in Spain. This bird posed nicely for me, but wasn’t interested in raising it’s crest!

European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster)

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European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster)

I was lucky to find this European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) perched quite close to the side of a road, somewhere near Trujillo in Extramadura, Spain. Possibly the most beautiful European bird species??