Note the big white window in the wing of the Hoopoe – indicating the wing pattern of the male bird. The female as more black patterns in the wing and not such a large wide window. Also note the wax sheaths on the rectrices showing that the bird is moulting it's tail feathers. The wing primaries showed no moult.
This was the second Hoopoe that I ringed. The first being over Easter weekend on the farm Tasmania to the south of Aliwal North.
At the end of the weekend a whole flock of Red-winged Starlings had been ringed – no less then 20 of them received a bangle to wear.