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Hey you with the big eyes!

Hey you with the big eyes!
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Copyright: Anna Eksteen (Miss_Piggy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2285 W: 5 N: 5300] (18714)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC H9, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Kruger National Park 2, Birds of South Africa 3, Dedications I have made [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-18 4:05
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbill / Tockus leucomelas

Today's posting I would like to dedicate to my husband Loot. He is currently snowed under with work from a very important project and is working towards a deadline. Currently he has no time for relaxation or photography, this being the reason he is so scarce on the site nowadays. I want to repeat what I said in my very first posting, which I dedicated to him: Loot showed me how to love all of creation and everything involved with nature. He taught me about the different animals, birds, insects, fishes, flowers, trees, and much more. This list can go on and on. He is a great tutor. I am sure many of you have learned to know him that way. I miss his presence on the site, as I am certain you do too.

I am sure the most of you has seen this bird with its strange, but rather interesting characteristics on the gallery many times. Watching these birds interacting and going about doing their usual daily activities such as foraging or pecking at food morsels and chasing one another around normally present a humorous and most relaxing time. They sometimes come out with comical antics and performances much to the delight of the tourists. We stopped at the Afsaal picnic spot for refreshments and were welcomed by a host of these birds. They are so tame that they would come and sit right next to the car to beg for food in their very unique big-eyed way. This guy came so close I could not let the opportunity go by capturing a full frontal view of its face. Due to it being so close to the camera the detail of its long curled beak is not very obvious. Now I ask you, "Do this bird have beautiful eyelashes or not?

General Overview
Of all the Southern African hornbills, the Southern Yellow-billed is probably the most familiar because it is so common in game reserves, from the Kruger National Park to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and Etosha National Park in Namibia. It is very similar to the Red-billed hornbill, with which it often associates, foraging on the ground where it runs about on its short legs like a wind-up toy.

This bird digs far less than its red-billed cousin, preferring to pick up its food from the surface of the soil. It also chases and swoops upon moving prey. In the dry season it likes to eat ants and termites, and in the wet season it feeds more on other insects, as well as on centipedes, scorpions and seeds.

In a territory of about 17ha, a pair of Yellow-billed hornbills seeks out a suitable tree in which to nest. They line the floor with dry grass, leaves and bark, and the female seals herself into the hole. After laying her 3-5 white, pitted eggs, the female incubates them for about 25 days. About 3 weeks later, she breaks her way out of the nest and helps the male feed the young. The young reseal the nest themselves and break out at the age of about 45 days when they are able to fly.

Taken from: Animals of the Kruger Park and Lowveld - Heritage Publishing.

I hope you enjoyed looking at this photo as much as I took pleasure in taking it.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-18 4:15]

Hi Anna. Tell Loot to take a rest now and again . This a fantastic close up ofthis strange looking bird. You have taken it with fine detail and very sharp focusing , Bright rich colours. well done TFS.

hello anna,
fine closeup shot, i liked the pov and the limited dof, the eyebrows look so sharp here ans i can see that you have grabbed the attaention of the bird,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-18 4:31]
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Hello Anna,
A great close-up of a Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill, showing the head from a frontal POV with excellent sharpness and focusing. Amazing that you could get so close to a wild bird to take such a shot. Not exactly a beauty, but one can see the large eyes and eyelashes with fine clarity.
Nice tribute to your husband: I hope Loot doen't work too hard and can soon take rest and do what he enjoys doing, incuding some photography.
Thanks for sharing this charmer,
Best wishes,

Hi Anna,
this bird is absolute wonderful and I love to see this one from the front - that's a lovely effect with the nice beak and look at these eyelashes - beautiful even without mascara ;-)
That's the shot of the day, I like it so much, thanks and greetings to you both
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2009-01-18 4:38]

Can someone pass me the mascara please!:)
Hi Anna,
Somtimes it is the perspective that matters....the bill can be forgotten for a while, and those lovely looking eye-lashes can be admired...i wonder how beautiful would they look if they fluttered at you time and again....and I bet before you realise they would have managed to have all the food in your hand..
I like the intimate style of this portrait that captures the eye of this beautiful bird in fine sharpnes.The gaze is pointed and sharp boring right into you.The highlighted features of your subject definitely adds to the overal quality of the image that has also used the natural light very well.
It would be such a wonderful thing to see hornbills in such close proximity.I wish our Indian Grey hornbills became a little more friendly like yours.
Thanks for another thoughtful presentation from beautiful South Africa.
P.S:Loot could get a great boost looking at those perky eyelashes-a fine dedication.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-01-18 4:39]

Hello Anna,
Amazing frontal view. Very impressive. Perfect sharp details and an excellent DOF. Beautiful bright colours with a good OOF BG. Excellent composition.

Hello Anna,
Funny and unusual POV
This is an excellent photo with great focus and superb colours
Well done
Kind regards

Hello Anna,
Usually, i appreciate photo of bird, but this one is a little bit dumpy ;)
About you capture, there are fine details with beautiful natural colors and a good close up composition.

hello Anna!
very impressive portrait of this strange bird
great DOF and details

best sERGIO

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-18 6:27]
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Hello Anna,
Wow, this is almost too close for comfort!! A brilliant capture showing amazing details and fine colours. I wish I had those eye lashes!
A great dedication to Loot, tell him to take it easy and that we miss him here!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Anna,

Excellent POV and a very sharp shot.When I showed the photo to my sister, she first caught sight of the eye lashes. She loves them :). The bird also looks so lovely, pink near the eyes and throat. The expression on the bird's face is striking.


nice angle, greetings, TFS Ori

Hi Anna,
great portrait which made me smile a lot.
Love the expression of that hornbill.
TFS Tatjana

hello Anna
WAUWH a great macro shot
i like the colours very mutch
good sharpness
greeting lou

Hi Anna,
Give my regards to Loot and I hope that this hard work will give him extra free time after the deadline. But luckely we got Mrs. Eksteen to present us with the nature of South Africa, and I can feel the Loot influence in your photos.
This is almost a photo that has the feel that you might have gotten a bit too close. He looks not really that pretty and it feels that it could have attacked you at any second. The sharp details and colors are amazing.

Hello Anna,
This is amazing close up of this bird. The details, colors & sharpness are superb. I like the finer aspects of the eyes & eyelashes. It is no doubt a grand front profile of Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbill. I appreciate your dedication of this photograph to Loot :) TFS
PS: I hope Loot has some free time to see your wonderful dedication to him!

Ciao Anna,
wonderful close up of this strange bird taken from an excellent frontal POV with amazing details; very vivid colours in a spectacular composition. I love your notes.
TFS. Best regards

Hello Anna,
There is a saying that we often hear when others view a portrait taken, and that is, "A Face Only A Mother Could Love." This bird has the oddest facial features with that huge bill, those long dreamy eye lashes, and those big yellow eyes. I guess if I was a female those would be the aspects I would crone for,
Excellent Capture,
Have A Great Week Ahead...

Good shot, near and clear... what a look this animal has!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-01-18 12:37]

Hi Anna,
Funny portrait:)Exposure is spot on details are crisp clear.I liked,framing,clarity,expression on face and especially POV a lot.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting.

amazing capture Anna !
very beautiful and perfect details , wonderful colours and perfect sharp , beautiful light and nice DOF ,
very well done !

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-01-18 15:14]
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Hi Anna,simply fantastic! Never seen a close up like that! Wonderful idea and wonderful realisation!!!Just my best compliments in my bad bad english,have a nice week,Luciano

hello Anna
very impressive portrait of this hornbill, I like his look, face to face with you
The shot is very sharp with a lot of details on his head and neck
very well done

Awesome colors ... Awesome POV ... Awesome Picture. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2009-01-18 23:57]
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Oh, and look at those eye-lashes!!

Oh, you beautiful doll, you great big beautiful doll.
Let me put my arms about you, I don't want to live without you.
Oh,you beautiful doll, you great big beautiful doll.
Oh, oh, oh, oh.
Oh, you beautiful doll.

Awesome shot Anna - just great!!

PS Tell Loot - should he be so pressured like this at work? Are they short of staff? It doesn't sound right.

Hi Anna! Very,very nice picture!

Fantastiese foto Anna - ek is mal oor die lashes en die haarstyl!

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-01-19 3:19]

Anna, Superb shot and I like the composition and the frame. Excellent details and in such a closeup shot. Focus is spot on with great sharpness. We miss him too and as I can understand during my teletalk (working on SAP)since I am feeling the same. Take care Ganesh

Hi Anna, beautiful capture of this L'il cute hornbill.
Excellent in all aspects. Great pov and composition with nice details.
thank you for sharing.


Hi Anna,
This is very, very close. The bird looks almost defiant! Details are so sharp that we can count every eyelashes and feather. This is a great portrait, something different and original. Well seen!

Hy Anna
Oh God! Sorry for my words: is the ugliest bird I had ever seen!! I will not say the same for the picture: excellent details in the feathers, interesting POV for this portrait!
Kind regards, Oana

Hi Anna,
Exceptional capture of this Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbill, excellent portrait!!!!! and amazing frontal view.
TFS. Best Regards. Ferran.

Hi Anna.
What a beautiful capture... The title is perfect.. Lovely bird and excellent composition...
All the best.

Hi Anna,
What a lovely portrait capture of this beauty from frontal POV. Great details, colours and facial expression.
TFS this fine image and cheers,

Ps. In these days i am so bussy since we entered the exam period. Thus i could be late for commenting. Sorry for this.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-01-19 23:12]

Hello Anna,
Very nice shot,Perfect details and sharpness.
Thanks for posting.

Hola Anna,
Impresionante primer plano, la nitidez y detalle son sobresalientes, luz y color magníficos. Saludos
José Ramón

Almost missed this beauty in my haste Anna, a unique POV indeed my friend, mqade that huge beak look smaller than it is, but what really catches the imagination are those sooo beautiful eyelashes!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-01-20 5:17]
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Hello Anna,
My goodness, what a face! Reminds me of a bitchy Latin teacher I had at high school.
Superb portrait taken with ideal light, showing every single feather and eyelash.
Very original shot.
Thanks and best regards

Fun title Anna! Jimmy Durante, eat your heart out ;-}
Love the details I see, especially around the eyes.
Great POV from straight-on, it has worked very well for this.
A winner in my book,

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2009-01-20 13:41]

Hello Anna ,What a fantastic portrait shot from the hornbill , great details , a excellent shot ,Greetings Teunie .

Hello Anna

I think Loreal is going to come knocking with thick lashes like that.She is a natural beauty.
Lovely sharpness and detail,the POV is wonderful.
A lovely in your face capture.LOL.
The colours are vivid and well saturated.
Nicely done.


Ciao Anna, fascinating portrait of lovely creature with old fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Anna,
Very good close-up capture of this Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbill, excellent POV, composition, facial impresion, sharp fine details (I like those eyes) and bright colours.

Hello Anna, great up shot of this lovely bird with wonderful details. TFS.

Hello Anna,
A real beauty:)
Very good presentation with good composition.


Hi Miss Piggy,
sorry I'm a bit late.
This a is a great dedication to your husband and my friend Loot.
I miss him a lot, tell him to slow down a bit or open the the door to the DB;-)
I like this picture, the big eyes and eyelashes are beautiful.
Very good sharpness and fine details, well exposed with lovely natural colours.
Very good work, mf.
My greetings to Loot,

Hi Anna,
A nice portrait capture of this hornbill. I hope Loot will join us soon after the assignment. Superb sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Anna,

the portrait is great, funny, technically perfect. No more compliments needed, you know what you are doing without my comments. Congratulations!

best regards

I have a hornbill, too, in my garden series, Anna; something I'll post shortly.Personally, Loot has been a great influence on me, too.I've learnt so much from him, and I really appreciate this dedication to him.
This is an awesome shot, love the perfectly sharp details!

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2009-01-31 6:17]

Merhaba Anna,
Woww!.. Bu ne muhteşem bir surat böyle! Gerçekten karşıdan çekilmiş en güzel kuş portresi olmuş. Detaylar, netlik ve renkler çok başarılı.
Emeğine sağlık.


Today I came to know that Treknature's loving photography teacher "LOOT" is your batter half :-> . Your country South Africa is a great place of Flora and Fauna. Only once I visited your country and only three places... Cape town, Johannesburg and Durban. But I only got chance to visit your country's Political gardens, not the natural gardens for which South Africa should be visited. So your (both Mr. Loot and you) pictures are the oasis for me. as this one. With lots of regards and respect to you and your other half.
Parthasarathi, Delhi.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-02-01 8:28]

Hi Anna.
I do not believe my eyes. Fantastic idea, fantastic shot, unbelievable 3D-effect, incredible details and splendid colours. I see this amazing bird in my room and I welcome it as well as your outstanding shot. Bravo, my dear friend. Great work.

hej anna!
snacka om coolt porträtt!:)

Dear Anna,
excellent portrait, the absolute eye-catcher!
A great pleasure to see such a creativy shot.
Well decided to focus on eyes with a wide diaphragm: being OOF, the boldly protruding beak gets really three-dimensional, just as if sticking right into my face, wow!
Wonderful juicy colours, another masterpiece from your factory! Thank you!
With warmest regards from Vienna,

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-02-07 23:19]

Hello Anna !
It's been a while since I last visited your gallery, I have missed this wonderful shot ! I juste LOVE this one ! The frontal POV looks fantastic, with the bird's huge beak making him look strange and funny. I also like his big eyes with long dark eyelashes. The details on the face and the feathers around it are excellent, as well as the natural colors and the composition. Very well done !

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-05-16 5:42]

Hi Anna,
excellent shot of this portrait. the eye lashes is very captivating and the hair style is very special. i like this dramatic presentation of the bird.
well composed in excellent clarity and the colours are lovely.
well presented shot/.


Ciao Anna. Great portrait and stunning details. Wondefrul colours.


Excellent closeup with very good pov. The eye contact looks great. Thanks for sharing.

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