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Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbill

Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbill
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Copyright: Srikumar Balial (Hotelcalifornia) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1519 W: 24 N: 2225] (14408)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017
Camera: Nikon D5200, Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, 95mm UV Filter
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -3-, Birds Of Kruger National Park Through My Eyes, Birds Of South Africa - Part 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2017-07-02 9:13
Viewed: 1157
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I had captured this 'Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbill' (Tockus leucomelas) in Kruger National Park during our staying in the Northern region. This bird is near endemic to the dry savanna of Southern Africa.

I found this bird during our morning game drive. You could find them mainly on the ground in search of insect. They can often be seen along road and water bodies.

They have long tail, long eyelashes, white belly and grey neck.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2017-07-02 12:46]

Hi Srikumar,i seen a hornbill just a time in my life,in Gambia,but this is different. Lovely capture another time,not only the best quality but a magnificent natural scenery too,very well done! Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

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

Hello Srikumar,
Impressive capture of a colorful bird with a very interesting long and bent beak. The details are superb.

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2017-07-03 0:37]

Here me calculating the focal length, it is well composed and sharpness is excellent.

Hello Srikumar

WOW ! Great shot of this exotic bird, very fine POV and framing,
great light, focus, sharpness, details, and contrast, TFS


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2017-07-03 18:03]

Hello Srikumar,
A great shot of this beautiful Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbill. Presented in fine detail and rich natural color tones. Wonderful eye contact and the best exposure.
I spotted a similar looking bird, but it has more reddish-orange on its bill and the eye color is very dark.

Hi Srikumar,

The branch is helping to frame the bird. The point of view is showing the details of the Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbill. The good luminosity is enhancing the beauty of the colors. Have a nice day.


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