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On 7/4/2021 at 1:34 PM, Trish said:

And what is that fish called?  Beautiful, but it makes me want to get out of the water!

Ah, there is something I can talk about :) This is a medium-sized (~1ft long) snakehead, a common food fish here in China. They are predators, they like to hang around the shores, and I have a nagging suspicion that they spend some time out of the water too (because when walking around the ponds it's very common to hear a loud splash and then to see a big snakehead swimming away from the rocky shore. Very similar to an encounter with a basking turtle, but the splash sound is different). They are very pretty indeed, even (or should I say, especially) when they are small. They are also incredibly slippery, like a thousand times more slimy and slippery than any other fish. 

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On 7/3/2021 at 11:09 PM, Fonske said:

Ah, there is something I can talk about :) This is a medium-sized (~1ft long) snakehead, a common food fish here in China. They are predators, they like to hang around the shores, and I have a nagging suspicion that they spend some time out of the water too (because when walking around the ponds it's very common to hear a loud splash and then to see a big snakehead swimming away from the rocky shore. Very similar to an encounter with a basking turtle, but the splash sound is different). They are very pretty indeed, even (or should I say, especially) when they are small. They are also incredibly slippery, like a thousand times more slimy and slippery than any other fish. 

Oh... they get bigger!:classic_wacko:

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I've been on vacation with my family in Gatlinburg, TN this week, been staying in a friend's cabin up in the mountains. I grilled some burgers the other night and then a couple hours later, my kids started yelling that there was a bear coming down hill across the street, turned around, sure enough there was! Then a while later, looked out the window and there was a mama and four cubs walking down the road. IMG_20210726_201604471.jpg.457b1d717ede997eb23ab0466c0f4462.jpgFB_IMG_1627517138163.jpg.75f2a1e2ca5da1d2d5b85b7ab27e84bf.jpg

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On 7/3/2021 at 9:51 PM, Fonske said:

Local wildlife is mostly hiding in the shadows these days

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A Eurasian hoopoe where are you located @Fonske if you don't mind me asking?

Just saw in the next few posts that you are located in China. I have a friend in Germany who is also a nature and wildlife photographer who couldn't get pictures of the hoopoe in Germany, where they spend the summer, so his client sent him to South Africa to make it happen.

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On 8/1/2021 at 7:05 AM, Jungle Fan said:

ust saw in the next few posts that you are located in China. I have a friend in Germany who is also a nature and wildlife photographer who couldn't get pictures of the hoopoe in Germany, where they spend the summer, so his client sent him to South Africa to make it happen.

Hm, interesting... I have never seen hoopoes in Europe (or anywhere else, actually) before coming to China. My first encounter with these magnificent species happened here in Beijing, in YuanMingYuan park. They usually come in pairs, once I saw a trio in the middle of a pretty fierce fighting. They don't seem too skittish, so if your friend ever wants more of them, he might consider China as an alternative to South Africa :)

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They occur pretty much in all of Europe with the exception of the U.K., Ireland, Scandinavia, and the Netherlands. The European hoopoes winter in Africa, but the South African population of hoopoes stays put and doesn't migrate.

Bernd said he'd just try to catch them in Hungary during the summer if he gets another commission for pictures of them, they are supposedly more abundant there. When they sent him to Africa was in the fall after migration had started, and the publication was on a deadline. China would be a bit more out of the way, pricier with the flight, and iffier with the restrictions I would think.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurasian_hoopoe

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