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Southern Red Billed Hornbill

Southern Red Billed Hornbill
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Copyright: Peter Thomas (FunkyMunky) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 146 W: 0 N: 608] (3154)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-04-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 450D, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 DC EX HSM
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-04-26 22:48
Viewed: 2644
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
We have just returned for Easter weekend in Kruger National Park and I will be uploading some new photos over the next few days.

This photo was taken with a 10-20mm wide angle and wireless remote shutter release on the camera, the subject being only a few centimeters from the lens, a bit of an experiment. Hope you like the effect.

Southern Red-billed Hornbill is a relatively small species of hornbill found in savanna and woodland of sub-Saharan Africa. It is sometimes split into five species, the Northern Red-billed Hornbill (T. erythrorhynchus), Western Red-billed Hornbill (T. kempi), Tanzania Red-billed Hornbill (T. ruahae), Southern Red-billed Hornbill (T. rufirostris) and Damara Red-billed Hornbill (T. damarensis), but at present most authorities considered them all to be subspecies of a single species.

The Red-billed Hornbill has a black stripe on the back of its head.

This conspicuous bird has mainly whitish underparts and head, and grey upperparts. It has a long tail and a long and curved red bill which lacks a casque. Sexes are similar, but the female has a smaller bill. It is a large bird, at 42 cm long, but is one of the smaller hornbills. It advertises its presence with its noisy accelerating tok-tok-tok-toktoktok call.

During incubation, the female lays three to six white eggs in a tree hole, which is blocked off with a plaster of mud, droppings and fruit pulp. There is only one narrow aperture, just big enough for the male to transfer food to the mother and the chicks. When the chicks and the female are too big to fit in the nest, the mother breaks out and rebuilds the wall, then both parents feed the chicks.

This species is omnivorous, taking insects, fruit and seeds. It feeds mainly on the ground and will form flocks outside the breeding season.

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very funny perspective for a very funny subject , congratulations for the capture, the light is a little bit hard on the bird, but the details are good,

have a good time Peter !

ciao, tino

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-04-26 23:27]

Hello Peter.
This portrait have a beautifull composition, it's very saturated colors.Very good job.
Best regards Siggi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-04-27 1:20]

Waaw Peter! What a fantastic POV! It seem a special interview at the hornbill...ehehe..a magnificent idea whit a very impressive sharpness,i can count the plums,and a very good light effect on the beak.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

that's a pose and an angle which makes it a great picture
the bg may be a bit disturbing (house etc) but easily cloned away

Hello Peter,
Very interesting with a very strange bird beak. I have the impression that the beak is disproportionately large in relation to the size of the bird. Wonderfully composed.

Hi Peter,

Fabulous and interesting POV of this Hornbill Peter, good detail and sharpness, perhaps the lamppost a little distracting,
But nevertheless a very striking image my friend,
Best Regards,


Bonjour Peter,
L'angle de prise de vue, aidé par l'objectif, est original et le résultat l'est encore plus !!!
Très bonne valorisation du sujet par l'appréciation de la finesse des détails et de la délicatesse des couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hi Peter,
well done with this beautiful Hornbill. Great pov and perspective and a really funny look of the bird.
I like it very much.

Hello Peter,
Beautiful shot, excellent sharpness details, good natural colours, point of view and perfect exposure, A great shot!
Thanks for sharing,

Hi Peter.
Excellent point of view and perspective! Nice natural colours. Interesting bird, of course.
Very good sharpness.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-04-27 15:39]

Hello Peter !
Nice pic with this strange bird! Great POV and fine details! I love the nice eyes contact! Well done ! TFS
Nice evening!

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