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Yellow - Billed Hornbill

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: 2018
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D5200, Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, 95mm UV Filter
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds Of Kruger National Park Through My Eyes, Birds Of South Africa - Part 2, White Background Wildlife Photography [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2019-09-05 11:51
Viewed: 475
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Yellow - Billed Hornbill (Tockus leucomelas)

The Yellow-billed Hornbill is a common resident in South Africa. They are commonly seen in scrub and dry woodland areas, particularly in the Kruger National Park.

The Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill has been made famous by the movie The Lion King, where it is used as a character named Zazu.
The Yellow-billed Hornbill is a medium sized bird, with length between 48 to 60 cm, characterized by a long yellow beak with a casque (only in males).

They have been given the moniker "flying bananas" because of the large yellow bill that resembles a banana.
The skin around the eyes and in the malar stripe is vivid red-coloured. White belly, grey neck, and black back with abundant white spots and stripes.

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Hi Srikumar,

The beak of the bird is an eye-catcher. The point of view is shwoing the details of the Yellow-Billed Hornbill. The light is giving nice tints to the colors. Have a nice day.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2019-09-05 13:22]

Hi Srikumar,Kruger is a wonderful mine for the photographers,and today you show us another beautiful species,not an easy location but you caught the best as usual,impressive sharpness and exposure for a great shot..as usual! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Srikumar,
Very nice capture of a interesting and colorful bird.
Excellent colors and high quality details.

Some more artistic photo received... looks like middle age century art by great BG well done SRIKUMAR BALIAL

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2019-09-08 2:38]


Hi Sri,
You know I don't like this blinding white background, but you deserve the highest credit for photographing the spectacular bird in an excellent way (I guess a female specimen). Great details and perfect sharpness on her everywhere. What a pity you didn't get proper lights to make this shot a masterpiece. Thanks for sharing, anyway.
Kind regards from Ireland, László

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