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Red Billed Hornbill

Red Billed Hornbill
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Copyright: Sujoy Bhawal (sujoybhawal) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 0 N: 406] (2181)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-02-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 7D
Exposure: f/8, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-04-10 5:10
Viewed: 1978
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is from Kruger national park.

Red-billed Hornbill (Tockus erythrorhynchus) is a relatively small species of hornbill found in savanna and woodland of sub-Saharan Africa. It is sometimes split into five species, the Northern Red-billed Hornbill (T. erythrorhynchus), Western Red-billed Hornbill (T. kempi), Tanzania Red-billed Hornbill (T. ruahae), Southern Red-billed Hornbill (T. rufirostris) and Damara Red-billed Hornbill (T. damarensis), but at present most authorities considered them all to be subspecies of a single species.

This conspicuous bird has mainly whitish underparts and head, and grey upperparts. It has a long tail and a long and curved red bill which lacks a casque. Sexes are similar, but the female has a smaller bill. It is a large bird, at 42 cm long, but is one of the smaller hornbills. It advertises its presence with its noisy accelerating tok-tok-tok-toktoktok call.

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You have figuratively 'killed' two birds with one 'stone' here in this lovely capture of them in SA, Sujoy.
The Hornbill looks truly majestic in this picture.

Hi Sujoy,
Beautiful scene, but the composition didn't become an outstanding one, unfortunately. The hornbill was placed centrally, while the dove (?) is too closed to the edge of the frame, even cropped a little. If you, after focusing, turn the camera a bit more to right, you get an exceptional composition with the hornbill in the left third of the photo and the dove(? - not mentioned in your note at all) in the right, as complementer subject. That way the compo would be imho a powerful one, while this way you've done it seems like a simply clicked snap. What a pity! And your note doesn't mention the dove (?) at all, it's simply a wikipedia rip off even without mentioning the source.
Better luck next time, regards, László

Hello Syjoy,

A very nice picture of the Hornbill..the bird looks superb..great capture..

Warm Regards,

Good image but you could have cropped out the other bird. Also a little more color into the image would have made it interesting


Bonjour Sujoy,
Agréable valorisation du sujet dans son environnement.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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