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Hemprich's Hornbill

Hemprich's Hornbill
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/11, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): RARE or SIGNIFICANT contributions to TN 4 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-23 9:38
Viewed: 4865
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello TN friends,
Not all the Hornbills are very colorful, like the Hemprich’s Hornbill. But it's new for TN.

The Hemprich’s Hornbill, tockus hemprichii, is 56 – 58 cm and endemic to Ethiopia and a few areas around this country.

It’s a dark brown hornbill with dull red bill darkening towards tip. The belly is white. Tail feathers 3 and 4 (of 5) are white. Wing coverts and secondaries are finely edged white.

Rocky cliffs and gorges in semi-arid areas.

Uncommon and localized.

High-pitched, whistling ‘kweeo, pipipipipipipi’ faster and higher-pitched than Crowned Hornbill’s; bill is raised vertically and tail is raised and lowered.

(Source: Bird of Africa, South of the Sahara, by Ian Sinclair and Peter Ryan)

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To iris: Over exposure skyPeterZ 1 10-23 10:42
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Outstanding capture and composition. The POV is great, as is the detail. Very well done Peter and TFS.


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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-10-23 10:04]
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Hi Peter
Congratulations on this capture.
Superb details on this hornbill.One huge bird... huh?I sort of like these clumsy bird...the way they jump around from one tree to another and often with an amused look in their eyes.I have photographed and seen at close quarters the Indian Hornbill not even as colourful as this one.
The exposure of the sky is just perfect and the green perch adds a natural element to the compositions.
Very well done.
TFS & Cheers
P.S: Just in case you could help me, i know you shoot Nikon SLR and i use a Canon P&S- ......each time i get a good bird shot with sky in the BG, the sky looks Over exposed.Could you advise .... is there anyway to adjust the exposure settings?

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-10-23 10:08]

Hello Peter,
Great shot, very good POV and pose. Very well done .TFS..

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-10-23 10:24]

Hi Peter,
great shot of one of my favourite birds, very good details in the markings and well composed too.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-10-23 10:28]

Hi Peter. Congrats on a first on TN with the large lookin Hornbil. I like the pose on the tree top . You have good feather detail and colour. well done TFS.

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-10-23 10:37]

hi peter,
nice pic.

Ciao Peter,
congratulazioni per questa spettacolare cattura, eccellenti POV e composizione con la fantastica postura di questo grande uccello, ottima definizione, perfetta l'esposizione con una buona resa delle tonalità e del contrasto dei colori.

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-10-23 11:19]

Hola Peter, buena fotografia, con acertada luz y tonos de color. Fotografia muy natural. Un saludo

The bird is a stark difference in feel from the perch of green..and by the way..the green..is it an evergreen or what? I have not heard of evergreens in that area..but I learn somethign new ever day!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-23 11:44]

Hello Peter,
Nice shot of Hornbill. Very good pose and composition, sharp details, natural colours and great composition.

Best regards Siggi

Hi Peter,
Excellent shot of a this hornbill in a fine posture on the tip of tree with wonderful details my friend!
Greetings from Cyprus.

Ps. I uploaded the shell -which I have not upload the same shot in any other site- again. Hoping it is permanent for TN!

Precies of alle dieren in Ethiopië hebben die donkere roodachtige kleuren. Duistere en toch heel mooie zielen.
Een verademing...
Persoonlijk heb ik nu ook wel een beetje genoeg van mijn Southern yellow-billed versie; deze Hemprich valt echt wel te pruimen...
Schitterende vogel...figuurlijk dan!
Bedankt en greetings..

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-10-23 15:23]

Hi Peter,another beautifull and unusual bird taken whit a perfect time of exposure,another great first class pic,the details are fanatstics.My best compliments for the note too,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-10-23 16:18]

Hi Peter,

Congratulations on another TN first. These Hornbills are such fascinating looking birds. You captured him in wonderful position to show off that fantastic bill and his nice wings and plummage. Excellent colors and details - the colors of the bill are interesting. Looks like a grey day but that didn't stop you from getting an excellent shot.


Hello Peter

A well placed and composed capture of this new one for tN
I like the diagonal feel of the composition.
The curve of the beak and the curve of the top of the tree.
Very good focus and details.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-10-23 22:06]

Hi Peter

A really impressive shot - this species has a very impressive beak too. A valuable contribution.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-23 22:30]

Hello Peter,
A superb capture of a Hemprich's Hornbill and congratulations for another TN first!
Nicely composed on the acacia and taken from a fine POV with excellent sharpness.
Looks a bit like the African Grey though I can see the differences.
TFS this beauty,

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-10-24 2:19]

Merhaba Peter,
Çok güzel bir kuşun enfes bir karesi olmuş. Detaylar muhteşem görünüyor. Tebrikler.


Hi Peter

Great capture of this hornbill that I haven't seen before. I see you had grey sky again. Still the composition is very good with great sharpness and plumage details.


Hello Peter,
It is not a nice-looking hornbill but it's a fine capture and congratulations for being the first with this species

Hi Peter, great first time on TN for this strange bird, great capture with fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Peter,
I believe this is the first time I've seen a Hemprich’s Hornbill on TrekNature and it is a super representation of this marvelous looking bird. Lots of people mistake hornbills(Bucerotidae) for toucans(Ramphastidae) because of their beak attribute even though they are worlds apart, one family of species from Africa and the other Mexico, Central & South America. TFS.
Paul :)

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-10-24 14:17]

Fabulous bird Peter! Well captured with a very good technique and lots of talent, well done!


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-10-24 16:30]

Hola Peter.
You have a beautiful portafolio My friend.
All Your photos are in high quality lavel.
Great details in this fine looking guy.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-10-26 2:15]

Hello Peter,
No, not very colourful but I still love this species of bird, they're very beautiful! Excellent capture showing it sharply in a nice pose on the Acacia tree.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-10-26 6:02]

Hello Peter,
These Hornbill-birds look very powerful with their large beak. Very interesting point of view, with the bird dominating the photographer and controlling what he is doing..special picture.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-10-28 6:38]

Hi Peter

Indeed this is a TrekNature first, therefore I've included it
in my theme for "RARE or SIGNIFICANT contributions to TN".
I wasn't even aware of this bird, so thanks for the introduction.
You did a great job in capturing it, especially with the dark bird
set against the white, rather brightish and cloudy backlight.
Nice sharp details and excellent contrast.

Very well done and TFS.

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