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Superstar mugged in public park!


Peter Connan
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Despite yesterday being a drab and dank day, I was out at Rietvlei trying to bulk up my big year.

 

Just exiting the ablutions at the picnik site after a comfort break, I noticed a Hoopoe on the lawn.

 

He was having some success in his own hunting too, pulling up a nice juicy mole cricket.

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But scarcely had he pulled the bug out of the ground and the thieves were on him!

 

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They were just waiting to pounce on the hoopoe! Robbed!

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wonderful sequence Peter

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Thank you very much lady and gentlemen.

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Very cool sequence! Is that an Indian mynah in the background of picture 4?

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No fair! Where are the police when you need them? 

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great detailed action bird photos  

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Thank you very much.

 

@ForWildlife, yes it is, but I suspect he was an innocent bystander. There were a couple foraging the same patch of lawn.

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Outstanding photo sequence @Peter Connan

 

I suppose the Hoopoe might not be able to swallow the Mole Cricket instantly, until it had dispatched / subdued it.   A healthy Mole Cricket on the way down might do damage. 

 

Which set the Hoopoe up for a mugging.

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Thank you very much @offshorebirder

Indeed the claws on those things look pretty mean!

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Thank you very much @xyz99

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