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Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill

Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill
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Copyright: Jan Hendrik van Rooyen (janhendrik) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 363 W: 58 N: 667] (2392)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-12-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 300D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Southern Africa II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-06-05 3:54
Viewed: 5630
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill, Tockus leucomelas

The Southern 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). The skin around the eyes and in the malar stripe is vivid red-coloured.

They present white belly, grey neck, and black back with abundant white spots and stripes. They feed mainly on the ground surface, where they forage for seeds, small insects, spiders and scorpions. Termites and ants are a preferred food source in the dry season.

Females lay 3 to 4 white eggs in their nest cavities and incubate them for about 25 days. Juveniles take about 45 days to mature. This hornbill is a common, widespread resident of the dry thorn fields and broad-leafed woodlands of inland southern to northeastern Africa. Frequently they can be sighted along roads.

Source: Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa, 6th Edition.

marjan, TAZ, soccer, Zeno, aido, coasties, ramthakur, wallhalla15, Luis52, firelord, mogens-j, Janice, Pictures_Collec, Demetrio, Evelynn has marked this note useful
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Hi Jan, anothe good photo , nice coloures and excelent explanation.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-06-05 3:56]

What an impressive bird that you have well captured ! Its expression and pose are great. Composition, colors, exposure and sharpness are good ! I also appreciate the complementary note... Congratulations Jan and thanks for sharing.


Well composed pic with good detail and sharpness. The BG is also distanced and makes a good pic. TFS,

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-06-05 4:20]

Hi Jan hendrik,

This is a very nice portrait of the hornbill. The colours are superb and very natural. The pose of this bird is super. Look at those eyes.


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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-06-05 4:47]

Hi Jan-Hendrik,
Beautiful shot, excellent detail, good natural colours and perfect exposure with all those whites in the body. Perfect DOF too, a great shot.

Hi Jan

Lovely pose. Good depth of colour, well composed with excellent quality. :-)

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  • Oz1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 75 W: 2 N: 174] (1012)
  • [2006-06-05 5:03]

Hi Jan,
Your photograph is just beautifull and perfect in all aspects I can imagine!
deserves more than 2 points..
colors,details,background,light...all just great!!
keep up

It's beautiful bird.

Hello jan, Perfect details, Bg,POV, DOF, Perfect Job, TFS Kyle

Nice classic pose.
Good sharp details.
Well exposed.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2006-06-05 9:51]

wowch! what a beautiful exemplar! great focus and details! tfs

This is a perfect shot of a hornbill, the details are right on the money with excellent colors. Nicely done Jane. :)

Delightful image with great POV, DOF, sharpness and colours, Jan.

Hello Jan Hendrik,
very nice capture with great colours, lighting and sharpness/dof. Very good composition. Thank you for posting.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2006-06-05 21:37]

Hola Jan.- Me gusta mucho esta bella foto por su claridad, tiene muy buen nivel de luz, y contraste. Saludos Luis52 Tu nota es muy buena.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-06-05 22:06]

Hello Jan Hendrik,
I live these little guys. They are so colorful and fun to watch.
A lot of personality they have.
Sharp details, excellent exposure, great POV.
TFS. : )

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  • hekcik Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 291 W: 15 N: 305] (1827)
  • [2006-06-06 16:38]

Hello Jan,

Very good portrait.
Excellent details and sharp.
Natural colors and good composition.
Well done!

TFS :-)

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2006-06-06 17:59]

Hi Jan.
Wonderful and fantastic portrait, very nice colors, details, contrast ,sharpness and composition,is a great photo, great close up.

I wait more photos comments and critiques is welcome.

Saludos desde TABASCO MEXICO.

Hello Jan,
This is a very good portrait of a strange bird.Has a severe looking.
Excellent details and colours, well framed.

Hi Jan-Hendrik,

Pragtige foto. Ek hou van die effek wat die Bg gemaak het. Dit los net genoeg detail om die natuurlike omgewing te kan sien.

Excellent post, I have some to follow soon, but this one is really good. Well done

Hello Jan Hendrik,

This is really a very majestic looking bird - I really love that look. Excellent sharpness and dof. Colours look great and the composition is good. Great capture and informative note.


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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2006-06-21 5:31]

Great picture of this bird. Great POV and DOF. Sharp with excellent colors and good BG.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-06-21 6:17]

Hi Jan, what an awesome character you have here. I am very impressed with your capture, the sharpness and colours are just superb. Well done Jan, TFS

Hi Jan,

What can i say... Outstanding !!!


Hello Jan, you sure have a nice collection of birds on you postings. Its amazing how things vary in different countries. S.A sure beats them all. Think I must do an adventure trip there one day. Excellent detail and sharpness on this image. If it did not have such a long bendy beak it would like like a Giant Woodpecker :-) Nice work Jan.



You have some wonderful animal shots in your gallery, Jan. I have to admit that this fellow caught my eye from the thumbnail...caught my eye and that of a lot of others it seems. He earned you a lot of well deserved point. Everything about this image seems perfect to me... Great exposure, composition and I especially like the shallow DOF.

Thanks for sharing

Evelynn : )

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