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Yellow-billed Hornbill

Yellow-billed Hornbill
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5086 W: 166 N: 13017] (48480)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital JPEG
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of South Africa 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-30 4:31
Viewed: 5834
Points: 94
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A photo from the archive of South Africa. In the Kruger NP there are a lot of these birds, specially near the picnicplaces for tourists.

The Yellow-billed Hornbill, Tockus flavirostris, is common resident. Large yellow bill (smaller in females) separates this from all other hornbills. Immatures have a duller yellow bill with a reddish base, the size of bill then serving to distinguish it from the other species.

The call is ‘wurk, wurk, wurk, wurk, wurk, wurk, wukwukak, wukwukak, wukak, wukak, wurk, wurk ,wurk….’, the sound working up to a crescendo then fading away. Often two birds call simultaneously with a wing-opening, head-bowing display.

Pairs and small groups in dry bushveld, mixed woodland and thornveld. Feeds on the ground much of the time, also in fruiting trees. 48-60 cm.

Source: ‘Birds of Southern Africa’ by Kenneth Newman.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-06-30 4:41]

Hi Peter,
Excellent portrait of this hornbill.I liked framing,POV and expression on face a lot.
Thanks for posting.

Hi Peter,

Excellent portrait shot of this Yellow-billed Hornbill, details and colour are amazing, wonderful eye, really like the POV, excellent work, t.f.s

Cheers Rick :)

Hi Peter,

Excellent shot well handled especially on the lighter areas which can easily be overexposed.


Hi Peter

Good portrait of this hornbill. Stands out well on the neutral coloured background.
Good sharpness DOF and POV.
Good composition


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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2008-06-30 6:12]

Hoi Peter,
Een heel mooi portret van deze hornbill, ik noem ze altijd hornblowers waarom dat weet ik eigenlijk niet.
Bij deze vind ik het oog heel byzonder, voor mij een beetje een boze blik.
Scherp, mooi van kleur.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-06-30 6:34]

Hola amigo,
buen retrato y excelente pov,
efectivo foco y detalles...
saludos Peter.

Hello Peter,
This is an excellent portrait of hornbill having great details,superb pov and expression,

Hola Peter, excelente primer plano, buen enfoque y detalle. Los colores y la luz son un lujo. Un saludo

Hi Peter
What a cool looking guy :)
Well done and TFS

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-06-30 8:12]

Hi Peter. A fine close up of the Hormbill. Very good detail in the eye and bill. Rich colours and a good POV/DOF. well done TFS. Good notes too.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2638 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
  • [2008-06-30 11:09]

Hi Peter!

Very nice portrait of Hornbill. Bird is detailed and colorfull, good pose and vigilant eye.

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-06-30 11:32]

Hello Peter,

Nice portrait of this hornbill. Beautiful detail. Superb colours. Excellent plain background too.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-06-30 11:42]

Hi Peter,

A picture perfect portrait of this Hornbill. Face and plummage are gorgeous. Excellent colors and razor sharp details of the face, eye, beak, and plummage. I would love to see one of these some day.


Hello Peter, perfect shot of this yellow-billed hornbill. TFS. Regards,

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-06-30 13:22]

Hello Peter, great shot of this lovely bird. TFS. Regards,

Hi Peter. Wonderful portrait shot of this curve-beaked Hornbill with great colours and clarity with superb DOF.
Many thanks for sharing this beauty.


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-06-30 18:59]

Hola Peter.
Hermosa foto. Exelente calridad y definicion en la imagen. El pico es hermoso asi como sus ojos tambien.
Saludos Peter.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2271 W: 64 N: 4205] (13964)
  • [2008-06-30 23:22]

Hi Peter,
Nice portrait of this yellow-billed hornbill. POV, background, composition and details are very nice. TFS

Hi Peter
Great closeup portrait with excellent detail
and nice color tones
tfs jon

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 4 N: 3276] (14759)
  • [2008-07-01 1:59]

Hello Peter, WOW what a portrait of this hornbill. Lovely POV and sharp picture. Good framing too. Ganesh

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5830 W: 89 N: 14938] (62666)
  • [2008-07-01 4:44]

Hi Peter,a very beautifull portrait.i like a lot the details and the perfect colors,excellent work and note,thanks to show us this beauty,lUCIANO

hello peter,
excellent portrait of hornbill, well composed shot, good eye contact and lovely colors, the monotonous bg offers good contrast.
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2008-07-01 13:15]

Hello Peter,
I love Hornbills and this one really looks like an old man with a crooked nose! A very serious looking bird! Great portrait showing very sharp details and fine natural colours.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2008-07-01 14:29]

Great profile shot. You captured the intensity of the eyes. Excellent focus and exposure.

Hi Peter, fantastic portrait of splendid bird with wonderful colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-07-02 13:25]

Merhaba Peter,
Daha önce hiç görmediğim bu türün çok detaylı ve muhteşem bir karesi. Renkler, netlik ve kompozisyon enfes. Paşlaşımınız için çok teşekkürler.
Elinize sağlık.

Stupendo ritratto, eccellenti POV e composizione con visione laterale che esaltano la caratteristica di questo uccello dal grande becco ricurvo, ottime nitidezza e definizione dei dettagli, magnifici i colori e BG. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Hello Peter,
a great portraite work for this huge billed bird. Great sharp details and supurb coloration. BG and POV wonderful also. Thankse for sharing, best wishes

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1785 W: 36 N: 5588] (18578)
  • [2008-07-02 20:23]

Hi Peter,
Wonderful profile shot of this great looking Hornbill with such lovely colours and details on its plumage. That bill looks so huge and beautiful and the eye is so expressive. Excellent DOF, POV and composition. Kudos.

This Hornbill sure has a personality which come through strongly in your portrait image, Peter.
Very sharp and colourful picture with fine details.
Thanks for sharing it and best regards.

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-07-02 21:49]

Hi Peter,

A very intimate and intense portarit of the yellow billed hornbill.The bird is an interesting study in itself.The yellow eye is quite rivetting and has a curious look.The details are fine and the bill apparently is the best attractive feature of the bird.Fine contrasts, colours and sharpness.
TFS & Cheers


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-07-02 23:54]

Hi Peter

A lovely shot - great composition with excellent focus and POV. Great work.


Hola Peter,
Fantástica captura de este curioso pájaro, excelente nitidez en la que se aprecian muy bien los detalles, con luz y fondo agradables, saludos
José Ramón

Hi Peter,
A nice portrait capture of this beautiful Hornbill. Excellent composition and very good details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1129 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-07-03 7:02]

Hi Peter
Excellent portrait.Sharp image with nice detail.Good POV and funny facial expression.Nice colors to.The text is also interesting.
TFS Michel

Hello Peter,

It is a very strange animal for me who never went to Africa (hopefully one day I do...) Good POV letting us see the details caracterizing this bird as you mentionned within your useful note... Excellent exposition also!

Good job and TFS!


Great portait work Peter,
Very good details, colors, and exposure. I like the neutral BG, it sets the bird off nicely.
Well composed - Well done.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-07-04 8:24]

Hello Peter, that's great portrait of that spectacualr bird, very nice, thanks!


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-07-04 22:50]

Hello Peter

A wonderful up close portrait of this unique looking bird.
The focus is sharp with awesome detail and colours.
The pov and dof are excellent.
Great job.


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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-07-06 1:19]

hello peter
wonderful portrait photo of this beautiful species
i like pose, POV, BG, light, colours and sharpness

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-07-13 4:20]

Hi Peter

What a great looking bird! Beautifully sharp and detailed, I can see every feather. Nicely composed and perfect DOF. It is a great portrait



Hello Peter,
I agree. Afsaal is a good place to photograph them.
They are also excellent quality controllers for car windows and mirrors:-)
Well composed close up.

Hola Peter.
nefis portre tebrikler

What a superb detail and colors of this gorgeous exotic bird from S.A. You captured it very well. Thanks for sharing it.

hai peter,
a very good quality of the yellow-billed hornbill.very good composition.

  • Tamrock Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 0 N: 307] (2029)
  • [2009-02-04 6:37]

hi peter!
A great bird that i also find in africa, gambia!
sharp and fine portrait with good composition
well done!

Hi Peter,
This is a nice detailed image of the Yellowbilled Hornbill - showing the cracks in the beak and the details of the eye very well!

Concerning your notes though - I am afraid - you got the wrong bird. The Yellowbilled Hornbill, found in the Kruger Park is Tockus flavirostris see my notes
whereas you got from Wikipedia the Southern Yellow Hornbill. I hope, you do not mind the correction.
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday,

Hello Peter

The glance and eye-contact of this Yellow-billed Hornbill
is very expressive, your lateral POV obtained that,
with great focus, sharpness, details, TFS


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