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Southern Ground Hornbill

Southern Ground 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: 2012-02-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 7D
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-04-12 18:44
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Points: 16
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From Kruger National Park

The Southern Ground Hornbill or (Bucorvus leadbeateri; formerly known as Bucorvus cafer), is one of two species of ground hornbill and is the largest species of hornbill. The other species of the genus Bucorvus is the Abyssinian Ground Hornbill.

This is a large bird, at 90 to 129 centimetres (35.4 to 50.8 in) long. Females weigh 2.2 to 4.6 kilograms (4.9 to 10.1 lb), while the larger males weigh 3.5 to 6.2 kilograms (7.7 to 13.7 lb).[2] Among standard measurements, the wing chord has been measured from 49.5 to 61.8 cm (19.5 to 24.3 in), the tail from 29 to 36 cm (11 to 14 in), the tarsus from 13 to 15.5 cm (5.1 to 6.1 in) and the culmen from 16.8 to 22.1 cm (6.6 to 8.7 in).[3] Per Stevenson and Fanshawe, the Abyssinian Ground Hornbill is the larger species on average, at 110 cm (43 in), than the Southern species, at 102 cm (40 in), but published weights and standard measurements contrarily indicate the Southern species is indeed slightly larger.

The Southern Ground Hornbill is characterized by black coloration and vivid red patches of bare skin on the face and throat (yellow in juvenile birds), which are generally believed to keep dust out of the birds eyes while they forage during the dry season. The white tips of the wings (primary feathers) seen in flight are another diagnostic characteristic. The beak is black and straight and presents a casque, more developed in males. Female Southern Ground Hornbills are smaller and have violet-blue skin on their throats. Juveniles to six years old lack the prominent red pouch, but have a duller patch of grey in its place.

Source: Wikipedia

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Great exposure and DOF on these difficult colors. It looks quite a bit larger than the red-billed hornbills that I use to take care of that were in a captive breeding program.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-04-12 23:13]

Hi Sujoy,
Very nice portrait of a beautiful and interesting bird.
Nice colours good composition and details.
Regards Jiri.

Grand looking Hornbill captured in its natural habitat in SA, Sujoy.
Wonderful POV, composition and colours. The red part contrasts well with the dark body of the bird.
Thanks for sharing this image from your archives.

Hello Sujoy,
You have managed the exposure & color redention so well...great POV & details..


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-04-13 6:51]

Hello Sujoy,
A Southern Ground Hornbill in a very attractive pose for a photo. You made it in excellent sharpness and beautiful natural colours. Good DOF, POV and composition.

Hallo Sujoy
super good details and beautiful colours
nice composition
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Sujoy, great capture of fantastic bird, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-04-13 14:59]

A beautiful hornbill and a magnificent capture despite the distance and the difficult light,i like the very good details and the bright red,very nice and curious pose too.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Hello Sujoy,
Outstanding photograph of The Southern Ground Hornbill, outstanding sharpness and details, excellent composition, good background and lighting.

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