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Redbilled Hornbill

Redbilled Hornbill
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Copyright: Stephane Ra (Watershed) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 43 W: 2 N: 61] (291)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Nikon AF VR 80-400 ED, Hoya HMC Super UV (0) 77mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-02-21 2:51
Viewed: 4208
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another shot I took in the Kruger of this funny bird we can see all the time... :D

Identification Redbilled Hornbill

The crown, tail and back are black, wings mottled black and white, broad white eyebrow, underparts white with mottled black and white breast and a red bill


Found in Zimbabwe, Botswana, northern Namibia, parts of Mozambique and northern South Africa


Common resident


Savanna, mopane woodland and bushveld


Usually gregarious in small flocks when not breeding, otherwise in pairs
Forages mainly on the ground; digs for food in soil and dung
Flight buoyant, undulating
Displays by bobbing up and down with bowed head
Can become tame


Insects, seeds, scorpions and small reptiles


September to February
Nest : A natural hole in a tree, lined mainly with green leaves
Clutch : 2-4 Eggs
Incubation : About 25 days

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Hi Stephane

These are great looking birds. Nicely composed shot. Very good saturation of colour. Good job. :-)

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-02-21 4:37]

Hello Stephane,
Wonderful shot of this funny little bird busy digging. I've observed his behaviour in Gambia.
Nice details and colours. I like the soft colour of the background. Nice composition.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hi Stephane,
a nice picture with good action.
The colours are nice and I like the low POV.
About the compo; IMO it's to tight in the front of the bird.
And it's slightly OOF too, but still a nice picture.
Well done.


Nice action photo of this comical bird as it sifts through what I presume is Elephant dung looking for insects and undigested seeds/fruit!!

I like the low POV of this photo....


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-02-21 5:14]

Hello Stephane,
Fine well-composed capture of a Red-billed Hornbill, a species that I last saw in gambia about ten years ago, but didn't take as good a shot as this one. This is pretty sharp, wellcomposed and with fine lighting and contrasting Bg.
Regards, Ivan

Hi Stephane,
Interesting... wildlife shot or funny shot...
Due to his business and the movement, the head is bit less sharp; though not really out of focus.
Well done

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-02-21 7:00]

Hi Stephane,
Nice capture of this bird in action. The composition, colors and details are all great. Thanks for sharing.

Cool hot of this hard-working guy :)

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-02-21 10:05]

A great shot Steph - like the detail and the way the light shows through the beak. James

Delightful image, Stephane! Is he eating dirt or collecting material for building a nest?
Great perspective, colours and fine details.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-02-27 12:45]

Hi Stephane

Great looking bird and it is lovely to see it about it's business. Lovely colours and great composition. Good POV and sharp details. Great shot



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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-03-19 13:02]

Hello Stephane,
I've seen them in Kruger, by hundreds, begging for food. This-one is searching for his own.
Very nice picture, with good colours, details and lightning.

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