Sandy RSPB. Bedfordshire May 2008.

After a great morning with the Red footed falcon at Stewartby, i was getting ready to visit the site later in the day when news of a Hoopoe at Sandy RSPB broke through, being ready and about to leave the house i wasted no time in driving the short distance there.

On arrival i joined the small group of staff watching the bird and cracked off a few shots for my records. It was viewed at a distance but kept disappearing behind ground cover. It then after a short while took flight and appeared to land further over on the heath, so i went searching.

Unfortunately it went to ground and was not seen for a short period then i saw it fly from the heath upto the top of some silver birch trees whereby i informed birders adjacent to it, it then flew over towards the paddocks/common area but could not be relocated again.