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African grey hornbill

African grey hornbill
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Copyright: George Veltchev (mwmod99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 655 N: 3361] (14196)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-09-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5D MKII, Canon EF 300\4L IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-09-20 10:44
Viewed: 2937
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The African grey hornbill occurs throughout the savannas of sub-Saharan Africa. In southern Africa it is locally common in a wide range of wooded savannas and woodland. It eats animals, such as birds eggs and nestlings, insects, rodents and frogs, but it also occasionally eats small fruit. It mainly nests in natural holes in tree trunks or branches, the female sealing it with her own faeces. The female lays 3-5 eggs, which she incubates for 24 days. The chicks stay in the nest for 43-49 days, joining their parents in foraging trips a few weeks after fledgling.

Image Number 500 in my library :) ...taken in RAW, ISO125

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Hello George,
Nice composition and perfect clarity, soft and blurry background also remarkable,My regards,_Joy.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2012-09-20 11:16]

Hi George first congradulation for your 500th posting all great work and hoping to see a lot more.An other nice presentation.Excellent POV and beautiful composition.Sharp image with great colors and nice plumage details.I also like the nice blur back ground.
TFS Michel

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2012-09-20 11:40]

Hi George,

This is truly beautiful portrait of an unusual bird. Great clarity, light and colors.

My compliments!


This Hornbill specie....What a catch.....Amazing shape and colors. Nothing similar in Europe....The details, colors and composition are great as usual. A wonderful photo.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2012-09-20 22:37]

Hi George
congrats for your 500th, a fine portrait with all correct: catchlight, Sharpness, bg, compo, colors, even white balance seems perfect ;-)
maybe a bit static though
tfs and go for the next 500

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  • deons Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 55] (595)
  • [2012-09-21 0:33]

Hi George
A very good posting for no: 500. Congratulations.
Excellent portrait of the African Grey Hornbill, perfect exposure and lots of detail.
TFS Deon

Hello George
Congrats for the 500th post my Friend.
Beautiful species.Nice pose, beautiful composition,wonderful colours and excellent sharpness.Thank You.
Have a good weekend!
Best regards

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-09-21 5:24]

Hello George,
You already have reached number 500. I cannot believe it. I remember well your first pictures. You must be a true nature-lover. And as usual a perfect shot, well composed, with perfect sharpness, where it is needed. And a special bird too.
Kind regards

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-09-21 13:02]

Hi George,a magnificent specie and a spectacular pose,it looks there only for you and your camera,it know how great are you taking the pics..ehehe...Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

wow George, this is a beauty! Hornbills are my favourites.. they are so majestic and bold! yours this bird is a new one for me.. lovely! loved that bill.. so royal.. and so much in contrast with the rest of the body, which is very simple. and look at that mood.. dignity.
thank you for this post. and congratulations on your 5th century! :):)
take care


Hello George-Excellent picture.I like the way you do PP.Looks great.Thanks for sharing.Regards and have a nice time-Srikumar

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