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Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill

Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill
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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger National Park
Theme(s): Vanderschelden's Yellow-billed hornbills [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-26 4:07
Viewed: 4576
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 46
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Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill

Conservation status
Least Concern
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Coraciiformes
Family: Bucerotidae
Genus: Tockus
Species: T. leucomelas
Binomial name
Tockus leucomelas
(Lichtenstein, 1842)
Blue – range
Blue – range

The Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill, Tockus leucomelas, is an African Hornbill. It is a medium sized bird, with length between 48 to 60 cm, characterized by a long yellow beak with a casque (only in males). The skin around the eyes and in the malar stripe is vivid red-coloured.

They present white belly, grey neck, and black back with abundant white spots and stripes. They feed mainly on the ground surface, where they forage for seeds, small insects, spiders and scorpions. Termites and ants are a preferred food source in the dry season.

Females lay 3 to 4 white eggs in their nest cavities and incubate them for about 25 days. Juveniles take about 45 days to mature. This hornbill is a common, widespread resident of the dry thorn fields and broad-leafed woodlands of inland southern to northeastern Africa. Frequently they can be sighted along roads.

Juyona, PaulH, eng55, pekkavalo1, robindb, maurydv, bahadir, SelenE, nglen, zulfu, MMM, rcrick, darwin, jaycee, Alex99, Miss_Piggy has marked this note useful
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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-06-26 4:28]

Hola Annick,
perfecta captura,
foco y buenos detalles...
buena presentación

Mi web site: www.victorcardoso.es.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-06-26 4:29]

Hi Annick,
if birds could look grumpy, then this one would! What a face! A superb shot, with the pale blueish grey sky background making the subject really stand out. Great detail and framing too, well done. One for my faves.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-06-26 4:34]

Annick My neighbor today. Lovely shot and superb eye focus. Excellent clarity and lovely composition. Well done friend. Ganesh

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-06-26 4:58]

Hi Annick,
Excellent shot.Looks like 3D.POV,clear details,DOF,glisten eyes,simple BG and composition are wonderful.Very well done!
Thanks for posting.

Hi Annick,

You have captured this Hornbill from great POV and with good pose incuding eye contact. Composition is good and details pin sharp as always. Colours are bright natural.



Hi Annick,

My comment suddenly dissapeared so I will put it up again.

Great photo and comment. It is allways difficult to get the exposure right on the white areas of these guys. You have handled this well.



Meraviglioso ritratto di questo bellissimo uccello, eccellente composizione rigorosa ed accurata, ottima nitidezza, straordinario il dettaglio dell'occhio, magnifici i colori. E' sempre piacevole e gradita la presentazione di questo uccello. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Hello Annick, wonderful shot of this beautiful Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill. TFS. Regards, Bahadır

What a cute bird you have pictured. Beautiful shot with great colours and focus. Well done.
Best wishes,

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-06-26 10:01]

Hornbills in your pictures are so proud...
Wonderful work and amazing detail and sharp

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-06-26 11:00]

Hallo Annick,
Weer een schatje, al ziet hij er niet zo uit. Met schatje bedoel ik natuurlijk de foto. Grootse kwaliteit in alle opzichten.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-06-26 11:52]

Hi Just got home from work so running a bit late tonight so just a note to say good picture for now. TFS.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-06-26 12:36]

What a great shot!
These Hornbills are very photogenic.
Excellent composition and POV.
Very clear with great detail.
Superb light.

Very well done!


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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-06-26 13:16]

Hello Annick,
Perfect capture of this beautiful Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill in all aspects. TFS.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-06-26 14:55]

Hi Annick
Beautiful clear image.Excel;lent POV and lovely pose.Detail are outstanding.
TFS Michel

Hi Annick,

Excellent shot of this Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill, the detail is superb, beautiful colours, and up against that perfect sky just makes it perfect, nice work,

Cheers Rick :)

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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2008-06-26 20:14]

Hi Annick
Crystal clear image with superb detail and lovely natural color
tfs jon

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-06-26 21:50]

Hello Annick

Excellent pov and dof.
The focus is sharp with excellent details.
Lovely well saturated colours.
Great job



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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-06-26 22:09]

Hi Annick,

This Hornbill is wonderful - he's all head with that huge beak and marvelous yellow eye. Wonderful details of the face and plummage. Razor sharp details, wonderful pose, and a background that makes the Hornbill jump out of the frame.


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-06-27 4:13]

Hi Annick,
Great portrait with very good light, clarity, focus, sharpness and POV. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-06-27 5:22]

Hi Annick
exellen image
ver well done.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-06-27 9:38]

Hi Annick.
This charming character really deserves picture of such master of you. Its look is amazing and you managed to reflect all its beauty greatly. Wonderful evening (?) warm lighting, superb details of every feather, huge beak and charming eye(s). Shot is composed perfectly even considering horizontal branch. Well done and hearty wishes.

Hallo Annick
Due to the fact that I have been ill, I just could not give my comments to some of the lovely images that appeared and past me by on the gallery. Now I have such a lot of catching up to do so please pardon me for only saying……………………Splendid image. It is indeed a feast to the eye and it did not go unnoticed. Details of the eye and the fine plumage on the head is captured remarkably well.
Best regards

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