Despite having my spare batteries and cards in my pocket, I managed, by some quirk of mental numbness, to arrive at the Hoopoe without my 'proper' camera. Had to burn it up old stylee with a bit of retro digi-scoping action. Oooooosh!
[Does any of this make sense to anyone?]
My second in Gwent; I have also dipped one, been on two wild Hoopoe chases and missed out on at least one suppressed bird in the county. The girlfriend has also bagged two but, most importantly, this current bird is my dog's tick,... everyone's a winner!