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Red-billed Hornbill

Red-billed Hornbill
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5084 W: 166 N: 13009] (48434)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital JPEG
Exposure: f/5.3, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-06-13 6:06
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo is almost six years old. I found it in my archive of South Africa. It is made during my visit at the Kruger NP.

Red-billed Hornbill (Tockus erythrorhynchus) is a 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 species has mainly whitish underparts and head and grey upperparts. It has a long tail and a long curved red bill which lacks a casque. Sexes are similar, but the female has a smaller bill. It is a large bird, at 42cm in length, but is one of the smaller hornbills.

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.
This conspicuous bird also advertises its presence with its noisy accelerating tok-tok-tok-toktoktok call.

Source: Wikipedia

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Magnífica luz y enorme profundidad, con un realismo sorprendente.
Una fotografía que marca diferencias !!
Saludos Peter: J. Ignasi.

it is really a good capture with great sharpness and colour.

Hi Peter,

Jeepers Peter how could you miss this one for so long!.., great posture and very elegant, nice and sharp with detailed feather texture, impressive natural colours with lovely markings, good job well done,
Best Regards my friend and have a nice day,


Hello Peter,
Very nice captured of this Red-billed Hornbill, very good sharpness details, great depth of field and beautiful natural colours,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice week,
Best Regards,

Lovely capture from your archives Peter! The Gorgeous Red-billed Hornbill is amongst my favorite Southern African Birds. brilliant choice of relatively wide open aperture and fine classical composition ...very good detail and truly superb white balance indeed!
George Veltchev

Hello Peter

Great photo of the Red-billed Hornbill with
fine POV and framing, excellent contrast,
superb focus sharpness and details, TFS


Hello Peter
Impressive bird and beautiful photo with excellent composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness.

A gem of a picture from your archives, Peter.
The image is perfect in every respect -- POV, composition, details and colours on the subject and, of course, the ambience of world's most famous wild life sanctuary in South Africa.
Thanks and regards.

Hi Peter,
very nice bird. Perfect shaprness and depth of field. A lot of details. Excellent composition.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Peter,
What a superb capture with nice details, natural colors and perfect exposure.
Excellent sharpness and great composition with outstanding clarity.
Thanks for sharing this interesting bird!

Mooi hoor, ben twee keer naar SA geweest maar niet naar kruger, de moeite waard?


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2011-06-13 9:58]

Hello Peter,
You've really dug out a brilliant capture of the Red-billed Hornbill from your archives! I like its pose showing the fine plumage and the great red bill. Fine details, beautiful colours and well framed.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 476 W: 48 N: 965] (4837)
  • [2011-06-13 10:04]

Hello Peter!
Great shot! Amazing colours, great sharpness and fine details against a super BG! Bravo! TFS
Regards from,

hallo Peter
deze is ook weer erg mooi super details en mooie kleuren
groetjes lou

Hello Peter,
You caught the bird in a perfect pose for the structure, the view is eloquent and complete. Good work, excellent lighting and fine detail.
six years ago, already you're a birds photographer! TFS

Ciao Peter, superb capture of fantastic bird in nice pose, perfect focus, fine details, wonderful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, bravo, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5803 W: 89 N: 14914] (62525)
  • [2011-06-13 16:05]

Hi Peter,magnificent pic and beautiful composition,the pic is old but the class is always the same as i can see..ehehhe..very very interesting hornbill,i like it!Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • egres Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 44 W: 2 N: 144] (754)
  • [2011-06-13 19:19]

Hi Petyer

Sharpness, colors, composition, depth of field, everything is perfect. A pleasure to look at.
A photo you should suggest to an identification guide.

Perfect shot of this hornbill.
Nice and sharp, great feather detail and nice sharp eye. Goos pose.

congrats Peter for the picture, excellent details, colors and light for a very funny subject,

have a nice day,

ciao, tino

Hello Peter, another great capture with very beautiful light and details. Another spectacular image to add to your great portfolio. All the best, Paul

Ciao Peter. Magnificent light and brigh colours for the detailed and sharpened bird. Excellent DOF too.


Hello Peter,
excellent pose of the bird!
Great picture with many details and super sharpness!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5077 W: 260 N: 15590] (50614)
  • [2011-06-14 11:16]

Hello Peter,
A very fine image, especially for its age!
The sharpness and DOF are excellent, the colours natural and the composition contributes to an excellent portrait of the Red-billed Hornbill.
This is aspecies that I have seen in Gambia, but I have only analogue shots taken with a 50mm lens.
Thanks and best regards,

Hallo Peter,

wat een mooie vogel heb je hier wee gefotografeerd.
Je ziet wel wat van de wereld en ik ben hier nog niet uitgefotografeerd.Goede scherpte,oogcontact en met prachtige natuurlijke kleuren.


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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1000 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-06-15 14:42]

Hello Peter,
What a different and interesting bird,very good capture with great sharpness and excellent details.The POV and colors are wonderful.TFS.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3043 W: 3 N: 8701] (40526)
  • [2011-06-18 2:20]

Hello Peter,
Always impressive to see pictures of this special bird. I like the point of view from above you have chosen, we can see well the black stripe on the head which you describe in your note. Fine sharpness and natural colors too.
You seem to have quite a lot of interesting pictures in your archives!
I wish you a nice Sunday

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2800 W: 0 N: 6695] (25837)
  • [2011-06-18 3:32]

Hello Peter,
another exciting bird specie from you. Very elegant and exciting facial expression from him. Very well shown in superb details and the pattern of the feathers is so lovely.
well seen in excellent angle.


Hi Peter,
Yes, the split is now becoming more and more accepted. This would be rufirostris. The brownish, and short primaries; the short tail; and the absence of any black on the lower mandibular gonys would attest to this being an immature bird but nearer adult than juvenile.

Peter, this is a very good shot of this Hornbill. Beautiful capture and great detail. Bill

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