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Preparing lunch

Preparing lunch
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Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Alfa dSLR A100, Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX APO DG, Digital RAW 100, UV Filter
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Krugerpark feb/mar 2007
Date Submitted: 2007-03-11 3:38
Viewed: 3561
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
When driving in the Satara region we saw a group of 4 Ground Hornbills searching the area for a nice meal,this one had already some luck and if you look carefully you can see that he found himselves a frog and as well as a kind of Lizard,it was quite amusable to have a look at the foraging of this big colorfull birds

Ground Hornbill
These are the largest of the Hornbills and are primarily terrestrial. They travel in groups which normally consist of the dominant male and his mate along with a number of, usually, related birds. These act as helpers and assist in feeding the young. The birds feed on insects and small reptiles and mammals. They are quite fascinating to watch, having a very stately, deliberate gait and rather superior "expression". When gathering food to take back to their nest they will carry a beak full of insects around which they will carefully put to one side if they spot another tasty morsel (perhaps a large spider or grasshopper). They will pick up the new delicacy, then carefully rearrange all the food items on the ground before picking them back up and stalking away.

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Hi Paul
Cool action shot well presented. Nice details on the black area.

Hi Paul ,
great work in interesting moment.
light and sharpness are great.
well captured

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-03-11 5:27]

Hello Paul,
You were lucky to make such a beautiful photo.
My experience is that these birds are shy.
Great light and sharpness.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-03-11 5:52]

Hej Paul,
Must have been terrific to watch four of these great birds! Excellent capture of this one catching a frog. Sharp details and very nice colours. Excellent composition too.
TFS and all the best, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-03-11 5:58]

Hello Paul,
Fine action shot of a Ground Hornbill dealing with a toad. This is pretty sharp and well composed with good exposure to highlight the black plumage.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-03-11 9:32]

Hi Paul,
Thanks for sharing this nice capture with excellent details and wonderful colors showing nicely the feeding habits of this great bird.

Hi Paul,
A wonderful shot for a wonderful bird... Regards, Marta

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-03-11 12:24]

Hi Paul,

So many shots of birds at lunch today! This is a beauty - you caught him at just the right time. The colors and details are amazing.


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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2007-03-11 14:41]

Hello Paul,
I've never seen one of these before, I'm guessing from a comparison to the surroundings that it is quite a big bird. Interesting the way it captures it's prey and seems to take great care that it doesn't lose anything before moving on. An interesting image with good exposure and detail and an interesting note. Nice work!

Hi Paul,
A very good shot on this Ground Hornbill. A very unique looking bird. Your exposure is spot on and has brought out some amazing color and deytail in the plumage. I like these types of shots, and I am always grateful to be faily high up on the food chain. Unlike that frog :(

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-03-12 20:03]

Nice shot from the Leadbeater's Ground Hornbill, very good details..nice pic...

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