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Buceros bicornis

Buceros bicornis
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Copyright: Alan Turvey (liquidsunshine) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1878 W: 112 N: 1560] (5437)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Canon EF 75-300/4.0-5.6 III, Hoya 52mm UV
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/80 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Great Portraits [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-03-21 13:26
Viewed: 4060
Points: 38
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I spent yesterday at the Cotswold wildlife park.
This Hornbill is one of a pair at the park.
A good day out, well worth a visit.
Some facts about the hornbill.

Great Indian Hornbill
Buceros bicornis
The Great (Indian) Hornbills, one of the largest hornbills, are most commonly found in southeastern Asia. Their homes range from western India, through Indochina, south of Malaya and through Sumatra. These hornbills are found on sea level up to 5000 feet (1524m) above ground.

Great Hornbills can grow to a length of 4.5 feet (1.4m). The body is covered with black feathers. The wing tips have a ban of white feathers. The tail, sometimes reaching up to 3 feet (7.6cm), is white with bans of black feathers across. The neck of this bird is surrounded with circle of fur. The bill is yellow and curved downward. One distinct mark of the hornbills is their casque. The casque of the Great Hornbill is solid ivory. They usually have short legs, but have broad feet.

This particular species of hornbill is chiefly fruit-eaters. Great Indian Hornbills like to eat various types of berries. Hornbills swallow most of their food whole instead of breaking it down first. After they consume the food, they'll regurgitate what they cannot digest such as bones, and pits.

The males and females are mated for life. The usual clutch size is about 2-4 white round eggs. The incubation period is about 28 to 40 days. It takes for another 4-8 week for the youngsters to mature. The mothers, during this maturation period, remain with their offspring. The males take care of the females when they are incubating, and the offspring when they are young. The males would eat the food, regurgitate it and give it to the young hornbills.

Now these wonderful and beautiful hornbills are becoming rare. They are near the verge of extinction. The main causes of their endangerment are people hunting them for their meat and destroying their natural habitat.

Notes from birding.about.com

Thanks for looking

carper, pompey, sAner, Fisher, NitzanCK, marhowie, LordPotty, Signal-Womb, sergegagne, coasties, dew77, Luc, sandpiper2, TAZ has marked this note useful
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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-03-21 13:29]

Thanks for showing us Alan,
What an ugly beauty, very good composing shot, the details are very good. I would say it is a little out of pof and that a shame however I like the good job here, gr. Jaap

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  • pompey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
  • [2005-03-21 14:03]

Nice picture of this prehistoric looking bird Alan, great details, good note and background.
Thanks for sharing.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-03-21 14:15]

Great note and very colorful picture. I think the focus is a bit soft but the picture is very nice nevertheless. The composition is great and so is POV.

Excelent capture and well done on this portrait. Excelent details.
Just ever so slightly soft on the focus.
I did a workshop to help out a little.


Very wierd bird, good note.

The bird is very sharp, nice Bg.
Very good comopsition and colours.

I like the workshop.
TFS! well done Alan!

Nice profile shot Alan. I like the soft natural looking colors. Good detail. Well done!

A great portrait of a most impressive specimen,Alan.
Although the photo is fine as it is,I've done a workshop to show how a little post processing can bring out even more detail and colour.Often these are 'bleached' out a little by glare from uv rays.
I use a little program called Irfanview which I downloaded for free.It is a very quick way to enhance photos and very easy to use.I hope you like the result.

My goodness what a bill that is Alan, its a wonderful looking bird and you got a good profile on it...well done.

Not the most beautiful bird in the world Alan, but you have captured him well, it does look a little soft but the composition is good.

What a stunning bird, Alan! You managed to present it to us beautifully. Great POV, great note, great work. TFS

VEry interesting bird, good colours. Focus just a bit soft.

Wow Alan. Great image. His bill looks very beaten up. Must have seen alot of 'work'. Excellent details in the shot. Nice work. TFS

Hi Alan!
Great unusual portrait! You did it perfectly!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-03-22 5:34]

Wonderful portrait.Good details,DOF and sharpness.I think,you could increase saturation and sharpness on PS.
Well done!TFS...

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-03-22 15:56]

Très joli portrait. Belle image

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-03-22 23:18]

Personal assessment of the photo: Great.
Great visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thanks Alan.

Great capture though the focus looks a touch soft around the eye. Interesting note.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-03-27 1:26]

Quel impressionnant et beau portrait pour ce drôle d'oiseau. Belles couleurs et bonne netteté.
Well done !

Hi Alan
You HAVE been busy, I see, and a lot of nice pics too! I have a soft point for these guys with the big casques, and this is an exceptionally nice one. Good to see another bird with blue eyes. Lovely overal image. Small nit is eyes are not 100% spot on in focus on my screen. Watch where your camera "settles" and always focus on the eyes.

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