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Yellow-Billed hornbill

Yellow-Billed hornbill
Photo Information
Copyright: Carl Landsberg (Jakkals) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 187 W: 3 N: 587] (2813)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-08-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon EF 300 f/4L IS USM, Tiffen 77HTDUC Filter
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-06-24 13:02
Viewed: 3559
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi friends. This is a photo from my Etosha archive.
It was taken with my Canon EF 300f/4L IS USM lens fitted with a 1.4 converter.
Apart from cropping a bit and slight contrast adjustment, no other PP was applied.
Hope you enjoy it and comments are welcome.

Yellow-billed hornbills prefer to forage on the ground, but they will also hop up into trees and bushes. They are not picky eaters, taking whatever they can find. They nest in holes in trees, and like other hornbills, the female seals herself in until the young are old enough to begin feeding themselves. They use millipedes in their nests, and it is thought that secretions from the insects might help protect the mother and young from bacteria. Unlike its cousins, the yellow-billed hornbill does not have a large casque over its bill. A casque is hard cartilage that protects like a helmet.

Scientific Name
Tockus flavirostris

Up to 20 or so years

Omnivore. Fruit, seeds, leaves, insects, small mammals, lizards and snakes.

Predators and Threats
Crowned eagles, leopards, chimpanzees, and humans.

Unlike its forest cousins, this hornbill prefers dry and semi-arid areas of Sub-Saharan Africa. One species is found in Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia. Another is found mostly in South Africa.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-06-24 13:58]

Hi Carl,a magnificent hornbill and a fantastic capture,what a impressive perfection of details and colors,a very professional work for a rare guest of the TN gallery,i like it!Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-06-24 13:58]

Hallo Carl,
Prachtige foto van deze GeelbekneushoringvoŽl.
Erg scherp en in mooie kleuren. Genomen vanuit een prima standpunt. Fijne diagonale compositiekeuze.
Vriendelijke Groet,

Ciao Carl, great capture of fantastic bird, perfect focus, splendid sharpness, fine details and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2012-06-24 14:43]

nice shot and wonderful bird!

Impressive bird and impressive photo Carl! Nice pose, good composition, wonderful colours and very good sharpness.

Lovely picture, the colors and exposure is good. I liked the warm lighting on the bird and the branches.
Goutham R

Hello Carl
Fantastic capture of this wonderful bird.Great POV,wonderful colours and light, and great sharpness also.Thank You.
Have a good week!
Best regards

Hello Carl,
What a beautiful image of this hornbill in its natural environment and colours. The composition and quality are superb! Congratulations on not having had to do any PP. It is fantastic. Makes me think of Jim Brandenburg, legendary environmentalist and nature photographer, saying "... no PP work. No messing around." - in fact he was a little more specific with mentioning a brand name. So, for me, no PP will always be the ideal which I often will not attain, though. VERY well done, once again, and best wishes.

NS: Ek is spyt omdat ek so afwesig is hier maar my tyd is nie my eie nie. Afgesien van 'n tweede werk wat my toegeval het, is ek ook nou onder opdrag om die biografie van 'n ongelooflike lewe te skryf en dit is een projek wat nie verwaarloos mag word nie. Sal darem probeer om so tussendeur hier aan te doen en tydsgewys sal dit voerentoe ook weer beter gaan. Baie groete.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-06-25 6:09]

Hello Carl,
Love these special birds! You show this one with its great yellow bill so well perched on a thorny bush and against the blue sky. Lovely natural shot for which I thank you very much.
Kind regards

Hello Carl

Normally I find that blue sky BG is both trouble (being bland) and blessing (no chance of BG clutter). But here the beauty of the hornbill basking in good light just makes the sky irrelevant. Very nicely composed.

Hello Carl,
Brilliant capture of a very interesting, colorful bird. Very nice colors, excellent details and sharpness. The focus and WB is at the highest quality range.
Thanks for sharing!

Hi Carl,
very interesting bird. Great composition. Amazing colours. Perfect point of view.
Thanks for sharing,

very nice shot Carl, handsome subject


Carl, what a beautiful capture of this hornbill. It has great sharpness and detail. You did a great job capturing it. Bill

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-07-14 20:35]

Hello Carl,
I must admit I know absolutely nothing about this particular bird, but he sure looks like he could hold his own against any other bird in the neighborhood. What a massive head and bill he sports, I wouldn't want to get my finger caught up in that weapon.
You managed to capture him in a great pose which allows us to get a good look at his attractive plumage and unique features. Awesome shot!!

Hello Carl

Excellent close-up photo of the Yellow-billed hornbill,
with fine lateral POV obtaining its eye-contact,
beautiful warm light shining its wonderful plumage,
great focus, sharpness, details, and contrast, TFS


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