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Trumpeter Hornbill

Trumpeter Hornbill
Photo Information
Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-10-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-11-27 8:34
Viewed: 2541
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
There are different species of Hornbill on Treknature. But this another NEW one.

The Trumpeter Hornbill, Bycanistes bucinator, is a medium-sized hornbill, with length between 58 and 65 cm, characterized by a large grey casque on the bill, smaller in females. The eyes are brown or red, with pink surrounding skin. Body mass is reported between 0.45 and 1 kg. They are similar to Silvery-cheeked Hornbill. Distinguishing features include an all-black back, white belly and white underwing coverts (in flight, wings present white tips), and red facial skin.

The Trumpeter Hornbill is a gregarious bird, usually living in groups of 2 to 5 individuals, although sometimes as many as 50. This hornbill is a locally common resident of the tropical evergreen forests of Burundi, Mozambique, Botswana, Congo, Kenya, the Caprivi strip of Namibia and eastern South Africa, where it feeds on fruits and large insects. Like other hornbills, the females incubate 4 to 5 white eggs, while sealed in the nest compartment.

They are very intelligent and have a life expectancy of up to 20 years.

Widespread throughout its large range, the Trumpeter Hornbill is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Source: Wikipedia

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Hello Peter,
Another splendid portrait of a very interesting bird.
The details and focus are great.
Wonderful natural colors and fantastic sharpness.
Thanks for sharing this interesting bird!

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-11-27 9:08]

Another fantastic portrait, Peter!
Excellent sharpness and fine detail; splendid colours and eye contact. A beauty!
Thanks for sharing

Hola Peter,
un excel·lent retrat d'aquest bonic Hornbill, llàstima no poder fer la foto en llibertat.
Salutacions cordials. Ferran

Ciao Peter, fantastic portrait with amazing details, perfect focus on eye, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Nice composition with perfect detail. Excellent light with even illumination. And very good eye contact.
regards yiannis

Hi Peter,
amazing photo of this bird, excellent sharpness and details.
Have a nice week.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-11-27 10:55]

Hello Peter.
Excellent portrait of this Trumpeter Hornbilll. Exposure and composition are great. From its bills, I guessed this is an old hornbill. Very well done and TFS.Best regards Siggi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-11-27 11:14]

Hi Peter,magnificent close-up on this very strange bird,the details of the eye of the beack are incredibles,i like your choice of this crop!Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano.

Hello Peter,
Great photo of this very interesting birds.Perfect focus and antstanding natural colors.
Best regards

Ciao Peter. Impressive focused eye and excellente details.


hallo Peter
Super scherpe opname met veel details van deze mooie kop
De kleuren zijn weer prachtig
bedankt groetjes lou

Hi Peter,
Great portrait!... A nice light and good level of contrast!.
Well done MF!

amazing face, TFS Ori

Amazing bird and great portait Peter! Very good composition, wonderful colours and impressive sharpness.

so strange bird, very good portrait and fine photo performance!
regards, Nasos

Hello Peter,
A fantastic picture of this Trumpeter Hornbill, impressive clarity, very good sharpness, lovely highlighted eye and good out of focus background, very well captured,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice week,
Best Regards,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-11-28 6:20]

Hello Peter,
A wonderful close portait of this African species of Hornbill. The head is shown with excellent sharpness and superb eye contact from an ideal POV against a good neutral BG.
Thanks and best regards,

Hello Peter,
Fantastisch portret van de Trompetter Hornbill!! Gelukwensen op deze nieuwe specie en het delen van het met de TN leden. De gedetailleerde scherpte, het oogdetail, het bekdetail (bijna als een bergstructuur - mijn verbeelding), POV en OOF BG maken tot deze blootstelling een hoofdstuk. Goed uitgevoerd mijn vriend.
Vriendelijke groeten,

Hi Peter, Lovely crispy sharp image of this fine Hornbill, splendid work once again Peter and very well done,
Best Regards,


Hello Peter,
Beautiful portrait of this Hornbill. Perfect sharpness and well contrasted picture. Very well done.

Hi Peter,
This is wonderful potrait of this hornbill.
Captured with great details & sharpness with good eye contact.
The beak looks hard & big. Well done & TFS.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-11-29 4:10]

Hello Peter,
It is true this Hornbill has a very intelligent expression! Amazing vivid brown eye between big beak and black plumage. A fine portrait of an interesting species.
Kind regards

This is my first view of a Trumpeter Hornbill and I am amazed at the size of its bill, Peter.
Another outstanding portrait picture from your versatile work. One can't that close to a bird.
Thanks and regards.

Hi Peter,
fine portrait with nice details.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-11-29 9:54]

Hi Peter,
Realy very nice portrait of a interesting bird.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Peter,
Excellent portrait of this bird captured with impressive sharpness. Colours are natural and details are really amazing. Congratulations!

Gran bellez ( y rareza ) de la especie, que supiste captar de buena manera desde este plano tan cercano.
Saludos Peter: Josep Ignasi.

Hi Peter,
A beautiful captured portrait of the hornbill. Lovely composition with fine details and POV.

Hello Peter,
Beautiful mugshot and the details are breathtaking. The natural tone and sharpness are very good against the silenced background.
Thanks and kind regards,

Hello Peter

Excellent portrait of the Trumpeter Hornbill with
his amazing beak, great focus, sharpness, details,
beautiful color of the expressive eye, TFS


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