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Malabar grey hornbill

Malabar grey hornbill
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Copyright: Ravi Kailas (rkailas) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 135 W: 2 N: 175] (799)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Animals feeding, part two [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-15 1:59
Viewed: 4070
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Malabar grey hornbill (Ocyceros griseus) from Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary and Tiger Reserve in south India. The species is endemic to the hill forests and associated plains of the Western Ghats ecoregion.

This individual was feasting on the abundance of "winged-termites" that were endlessly emerging from the moist ground. It was quite a sight watching these rather large birds, acrobatically plucking these insects in mid-air (unfortunately too quick for my photographic abilities!). The abundance of these insects is short-lived and sporadic, often coinciding with the onset of seasonal rains. They are evidently a much appreciated source of food for several species of insectivorous birds, often in mixed hunting parties, and many other animal groups (like bears, lizards, frogs and snakes).

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Hi Ravi, my friend,
Welcome back! We missed you and your kind comments my friend. A lovely and splendid capture of this beautiful Malabar grey hornbill which I love their curved and huge beaks:) TFS.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-07-15 3:18]
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Hello Ravi,
Nice to see you back and with a fine capture of the Grey Hornbill in its natural habitat. Great focus and I like its pose on the tree trunk. A beautiful composition.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-07-15 3:43]

Hello Ravi,
Nice to see this fine capture of a Grey Hornbill in a fine pose in its natural habitat. I have seen this species in Goa but have failed to photograph it, which makes seeing this an extra bonus.
Thanks for sharing this one,
Best regards,

Hello Ravi,
welcome back and nice to see you ,this is great capture of malbar grey hoenbill in its natural habitat,nice pose,
well done,

Superb capture of this lovely bird. TFS. Regards,

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-07-16 20:29]

Hello Ravi, Welcome back once again. This is a nice shot and good composition. I like the way the bird is positioned in the frame. Well done Ganesh

Hi Ravi,
Nice shot of your hornbill.
I like the POV and color, and the bird has an interesting pose..
Now wouldn't that be the shot..A closeup of the large hornbill in mid-air pursuit of a termite! :)
Well done,

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-07-17 14:00]

Hello Ravi,
Very nice capture, the Hornbill appears a peace at
the distance.. Well done


Hi Ravi,

Nicely captured this bird in his habitat.
Good pov and dof.


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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-07-18 1:52]

Hello Ravi, superb shot of this beauty. TFS. Regards,

Hi Ravi,
This is an awesome shot, my friend!I love the very different OOF BG, compared with the very sharp FG and subject!
very well done!

I must go to this park someday...... it is filled with wonderful sights!

Dear Ravi
Interesting, well camouflaged Hornbill.
I add your image to my theme "animals feeding, part 2.it is quite difficult to see the details, they are not sharp enough, which is aggravated by the camouflage colours.
The natural colors enhance the photo.

Thanks for sharing

Warm greetings from South Africa,

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