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Grey Hornbill

Grey Hornbill
Photo Information
Copyright: Pierre Heimann (heimann2) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 430 W: 10 N: 494] (4536)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Alpha DSLR A450, Sigma 170-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO Ultra DG
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-01-16 3:43
Viewed: 3754
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Grey Hornbill (Tockus nasutus) singing over Zambesi river.
From Wikipedia:
This species is a large bird, at 45cm in length, but is one of the smaller hornbills. It has mainly grey plumage, with the head, flight feathers and long tail being a darker shade. There is a white line down each side of the head and one on the back which is visible only in flight. The long curved bill is black and has a small casque and a creamy horizontal stripe.The African Grey Hornbill is omnivorous, taking insects, fruit and reptiles. It feeds mainly in trees.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-01-16 3:48]

Hello Pierre,
Fantastic photo through a perfect timing. Very attractive pose in good sharpness and details. Beautiful colours against the blue sky. Excellent POV and composition.

Hi Pierre
very nice pose lovely sky
maybe you could clone away the 2 branches at the lower edge, but it is a really small problem

Interesting and somehow graphical image of this gorgeous Grey Hornbill. Seems that the Hornbull's family is quite large! Good simple and easy to read notes! Bravo Pierre!
George Veltchev

This is a great photo. Natural beautiful and amazing colours. Superb sharpness and composition,

Hallo Pierre
Incredible sharpness obtained here. Details are seen with great clarity, especially the texture on the wings and the Hornbill's bill. A great, great image, favourable composition and pretty colours on the bird's wings, and the point of view is just right to show all the beautiful details on its opened wings. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Wonderful shot with fine details and natural colours. Great composition, erodotos

Great composition, the slight blurring on the wings show movement.
The pose shows off the patterns in the feathers. Well done!

Hi Pierre,

Very nice pose of the bird on an arc perch. The sky background is soothing. We also have grey hornbills - but they look much paler with unicolor! :(


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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2012-08-05 12:14]

Hi Pierre,

This bird is really like a statue. Wonderful pose against a fine blue sky. Well done.


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