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Malabar Pied Hornbill

Malabar Pied Hornbill
Photo Information
Copyright: Rakesh Dhareshwar (RDx) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14 W: 4 N: 65] (282)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 600mm f4 IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds in India [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-08-30 5:27
Viewed: 7860
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Length 65 cm; a medium-sized Pied Hornbill.

* Black plumage with white belly
* Yellowish-white throat patch, white tail sides and trailing edge to the wings
* Bill pale yellow with black cutting edges and base
* Huge casque with projecting front edge, coloured yellow and black
* Red eyes
* Male has dark blue bare skin around eye, female white with pink tinge
* Juveniles with smaller bill, facial skin duller version of adult's
Endemic to the Indian Subcontinent. Found in the Western Ghats (SW India), Northern Sri Lanka and further north (Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkand, West Bengal)
Feeds mainly on fruits, but takes also leaves and small animals. Feeds mainly among foliage, but also on ground for fallen fruits or to catch small animals and insects.
Breeding season from January to April. 2-4 white eggs are laid in a tree hole nest, which is blocked off with a cement made of mud, droppings and fruit pulp. There is only one narrow aperture, just big enough for the male to transfer food to the mother and the chicks.
When the chicks and the female are too big to fit in the nest, the mother breaks out and rebuilds the wall, then both parents feed the chicks.
Generally resident, but some food-related movement occurs.

avallaunius, roges, Miss_Piggy, jlinaresp, Chiza, vipinbaliga, maurydv has marked this note useful
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Wow Rakesh, that is such a nice, crisp, clear image of a Malabar Pied Hornbill bird!

The lighting has helped you to maximum to take a just perfectly exposed image. Colours are nice and so are the details which sometimes are hard for me to get when I capture a dark or black colored bird. But in your case, the details have come out well.

Nice composition and overall a great picture.



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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-08-30 5:57]

Hallo Rakesh,
Today we are neighbors.
Exceptional capture! Since I have never seen such a bird. Thank you very much for this post.
I want to wish you welcome di TN, points more beautiful comments.
Have a pleasant Sunday,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-08-30 5:58]

Hello Rakesh,
Another fantastic photo. This is the best photo of this species I've ever seen. Amazing clarity in this photo, so splendid colours. Superb sharpness and a wonderful POV and composition.

Hallo Rakesh
A beautiful image of this Hornbill with its very prominent features well seen and displayed. The image is sharp and well focused with a great point of view. One just wonders if this poor bird does not constantly have a headache with that heavy doublestory bill that it has to carry around all the time. I want to thank you as a newcomer for starting of on the right foot by giving some useful and interesting information with your postings. That is much appreciated. It was a pleasure stopping by this lovely bird. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

striking bird and amazing composition, TFS Ori

Hi Rakesh,

Bravo! applause! ... great shot, excellent angle and pose of the bird. Beautiful colors and a superb light. Good job!



Hi Rakesh,
A belated welcome to TN. I can see that we can learn a lot from you, because your photos are of an outstanding quality. I love the the warm glow in this photo and the magnificent sharpness on the bird. I am sure you did not have the control over leaves and twigs but maybe cloning a few out might not hurt the composition.

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2009-08-30 11:37]

Hola Rakesh: Una foto maravillosa de esta hermosa especie...saludos.

Hello Rakesh and welcome to TN. I think this is a really fine image. The 1.4 extender certainly works will with the 600mm. Unfortunately I don't think I could even lift that lens! I really love the colors in this image. The sharpness of the bird against the soft pastel background is quite lovely.

Evelynn : )

Hello Rakesh

Such a wonderful wonderful shot...!!!
And such a wonderful bird...!!!

The details, DOF and POV are excellent...

I have never seen a Malabar Pied Hornbill until now...
But my village is home to lots of Malabar Grey Hornbills...

Hope I get a chance to capture the grey hornbill as beautifully as this picture...

vipin :-)

Hello Rakesh,
at first welcome to TN; a great capture of Malabar Pied Hornbill taken from an excellent POV with very good sharpness and splendid colours, i like the nice composition with a very beautiful environment and OOF BG.
Best regards

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-08-31 3:34]

Beautiful species, excellent composition and exclusive lighting. tfs.

Hi Rakesh,

This is classic image, beautiful....just beautiful...the specie..composition...background...all your images have this quality,good work.TFS.

Hello Rakesh
a very great shot of this beautiful bird, suprb colors and excellent sharpness, the pose o the branch and the POV are nice too
Thanks for sharing

A very professional looking wildlife image.
Well isolated from the background and great clarity on the bird.

Beautiful shot! The colours and light look charming. The out of focus uncluttered bg with soft light makes the subject stand out really well. I wud have liked a little more light on the eye. Anyways, an excellent shot. Thanks for sharing.

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