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Red Billed Hornbill

Red Billed Hornbill
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Copyright: Alan Turvey (liquidsunshine) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1878 W: 112 N: 1560] (5437)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX APO RF, Hoya skylight (1B)
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-06-24 9:47
Viewed: 4363
Points: 42
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Another shot from Wednesdays visit to Whipsnade wild animal park. Again from the bird show, this is the African Red Billed Hornbill.

Red-Billed Hornbill

ORDER: Bucerotiformes
FAMILY: Bucerotidae
GENUS: Tockus
SPECIES: erythrorhynchus

Thin red bill and pale head distinctive, crown and nape dark gray, neck and face white, back sooty brown with white stripe down center, underparts white, primaries black with white spots, tail black. Circumorbital and throat skin creamy yellow to pale pink. 3 subspecies. Males and females similar but males slightly larger.

From Senegal right across Africa to Ethiopia and Somalia and south to Kenya and Tanzania. Also in South Africa, Botswana, Angola and Mozambique. Favors open savanna, woodland or thorn scrub.

Obtains almost all food on the ground while running about. Feeds largely on insects - beetles, grasshoppers, termites, ants, fly larvae. Also takes geckos, birds' eggs and nestlings and scavenges dead rodents.

Usually found in pairs or small family parties, but during the dry season may congregate in flocks of several hundred at good feeding areas, such as around water holes. They are territorial and will defend their territories against their own species, but not other species, so that several species of hornbill may have overlapping territories. Birds move to feeding areas early in the morning, but usually return to a regular roost site within their territories at night. They roost in a tree close to the trunk or large branch. Like all hornbills except the large ground hornbills of Africa, Red-billed Hornbills nest in holes in trees where the female is sealed up for two to three months while she incubates the eggs and feeds the young with insects brought by the male. The female lays 3-5 eggs which she incubates from 23-25 days. The female molts and re-grows her feathers during incubation. She breaks out of the nest when the eldest chick is 21-22 days old. The chicks reseal the entrance alone using their droppings and food remains. Chicks fly well on first emergence from nest, never returning. They may remain with their parents for 6 months.

These ground-dwelling hornbills run rather than hop. They are expert diggers for which their bills are well-adapted. They fly with a flap-and-glide flight on relatively short wings. The long tail may be used as a brace while hanging on to a vertical tree trunk near a nest hole.

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Thanks for looking, Have a Great weekend.

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Great picture, Alan.
I like the pose. Very good POV and composition.
Nice colours and good sharpness.
Very well done.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-06-24 10:00]

A nice capture Alan,
Great pose,excellent composition and a superb background.
Very well done.
Have a great weekend.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-06-24 11:27]

Hullo, Alan. What a funny-looking bird! Interesting proportions. Great shot with good details, exposure, and composition. I love the colors and shapes. TFS. : )

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-06-25 3:48]

Hello Alan!
Wonderful shot.Colors,sharpness,details,framing and composition are perfect.Excellent work!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-06-25 3:58]
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Hi Alan, nice shot, the pose is very good and these birds have a lot of character. Was this handheld? It's a fraction soft (only a very little) but good enough that all the details can be seen. Nice post, good note.

Hello Alan!
Wonderful capture.Colors,lighting,details and composition are excellent.Thanks for sharing.

Excellent composition and pose of this Red-Billed Hornbill Alan. Good to see him standing and get an idea of his shape. He's quite short with a big head, isn't he? Well shown.

Great photo, superior colors, clarity and POV.
Thank you for sharing

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-06-25 5:51]

I like this composition and this funny looking bird ! Its pose is great. The colors, BG, DOF and details are good. 500mm : what a lens ;-) Thanks for sharing Alan. Have a nice weekend too !

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-06-25 6:17]

Hello Alan,

Excellent exposure, very well composed and good details. Great colors andgood POV. BG seems to be a bit noisy though. Well done & TFS!


Fabulous shot of a species I never seen before and it's always nice to learn something new everyday!
Thanks for your comments on my recent upload, think you'll be seeing a lot more of me as I've become a little disillusioned with the site I regulary use!
Keep an eye out for my wife's work as well. as she has just joined this site, although as yet she has'nt uploaded anything.....Best wishes Alan......Ade

Hello Alan, This is composed very well with a great POV and pose..I would agree with Paul that it's a tiny-weeny bit soft is all & a tiny-weeny ;-) bit of sharpening effect can be seen in the BG..Even so, it's a great shot with great details seen. An excellent note - Well done!

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-06-25 8:12]

Hello Alan!
Personal assessment of the photo: excellent.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much for sharing.
Have a good weekend!

Hi Alan, what an unusual looking bird and such a great pose he's giving you. Good composition and details. A few hot areas on the plumage but nothing to distracting. Very nice work.

Great work Alan. Geat looking bird. His head looks so much bigger than the body. He has attractive plumage. Tack sharp, good detail and excellent light. Good job. Thanks.

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2005-06-26 1:18]

Woow Alan,This is an awesome portrait.I like the perfect focusing,bg,colours and pov.TFS

How did you sneak this one by me. :) :)
Excellent shot and well composed. A nice warmth to it. Excellent work.


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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-06-26 13:36]

Alan, how great it is to check these wonderful shots of yours.

This is another one. A beautiful bird, a great photo with an excellent composition.

Your standard quality is here: excellent sharpness, great bg and pov.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-06-26 13:55]

very nice one Alan,
great shot of this hornbill, I think when Callie sees this, he would be proud, very good composing shot, great composition, good in pov, great dof, with my compliments,
gr. Jaap

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  • sela Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 0 N: 39] (738)
  • [2005-06-27 11:18]

This is an eyecatcher,wonderfully captured. Great work.

hello:) beauty is this shot:) exellent POV and wnderful colours:) exellent timing:D exellent for me:D



:) I cant wait for next post:) beauty one:)))

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