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Southern yellow-billed hornbill

Southern yellow-billed hornbill
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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger National Park
Theme(s): Birds of South Africa 1, Birds of World, Intimate Portraits, Kruger National Park 2, Vanderschelden's Africa, Vanderschelden's Yellow-billed hornbills [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-27 2:55
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Image taken at day2 (2/20).

Spending the first night in Berg-en-Dal. Two surprises for a 'unseasoned' Belgian: dark at six and the rumbling elements above me at night as if the Gods were mad I had arrived in Kruger. I convinced them my soul wasn't so bad after all.
So in the morning I left Berg-en-Dal heading north towards Skukuza Restcamp. It was a warm day. On my way I stopped at Afsaal, one of the few 'picnic' places where you can alighten your car in Kruger. That's the place where I took this image. Thus with a monopod.
This Hornbill is a common bird in Kruger, I think. However I just found out there are similar species Hornbills of that size in Kruger.
Afsaal is situated in Southwestern Kruger. In a small stroke of open savanna; grassland on basalt.

The Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill, Tockus leucomelas, is an African Hornbill. It is a medium sized bird, with length between 48 to 60 cm, characterized by a long yellow beak with a casque (only in males). The skin around the eyes and in the malar stripe is vivid red-coloured.

They present white belly, grey neck, and black back with abundant white spots and stripes. They feed mainly on the ground surface, where they forage for seeds, small insects, spiders and scorpions. Termites and ants are a preferred food source in the dry season.

Females lay 3 to 4 white eggs in their nest cavities and incubate them for about 25 days. Juveniles take about 45 days to mature. This hornbill is a common, widespread resident of the dry thorn fields and broad-leafed woodlands of inland southern to northeastern Africa. Frequently they can be sighted along roads.

Camera Model Name
Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Shooting Date/Time
5/10/2007 10:04:33
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EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM
Focal Length
400,0 mm
Image size
3888 x 2592
Image Quality
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One-Shot AF
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Tone Curve : Standard
Sharpness level : -
Pattern Sharpness : -
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Sharpness : 3
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Thanks a lot for looking and for the yesterday's replies. Much appreciated.

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Hi Annick,
Welcome back! What an unusual but beautiful bird. As always with your photos, super sharp focus with great details, perfect exposure and gorgeous colors with great composition.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-10-27 3:10]

Another superb shot Annick, pretty much perfect from what i can gather! The exposure in the white feathers is very well done indeed and the side profile is excellent. Great detail captured and perfect DOF. Not sure i'd want to get on the wrong side of that impressive looking beak!

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-10-27 3:49]

Bonjor Annick,

Un magnifique portrait de cet oiseau,les couleurs sont extra et les détails très bons.

Hi Annick

Good portrait, excellent sharpness and plumage details.
Well composed.


Hi Annick,

very nice shot. Perfect detal. veru pure and sharp. Greta colour and composition. Well done. tfs. Stev

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-10-27 4:06]

Hello Annick,
Splendid capture of this beautiful profile of the Hornbill. Excellent exposure, sharp details and lovely colours. I enjoyed reading your note too and look forward to the next posst!
TYFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-10-27 4:16]

What a curious bird and magnificent shot, Annick!!
A strange beauty with such perfect sharpness, fantastic details and beautiful colors and composition.
Congratulations on your excellent job!

Hello Annick,
A very impressive portrait of an impressive bird.
Perfect exposure with great detail.
I can't help wondering what these birds sound like.
Excellent shot.

Hello again :o)
Very nice shot of this Hornbill,
Perfect details,lighting and BG,Superb shot


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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-10-27 4:53]

Hello Annick,
you show a professional portrait of that bird just from the right point of view. Colours, light, focus and sharpness ... everything is perfect.
Best wishes, Peter

Hi Annick
Stunning shot,details stand out
exceptionally well against background
Nice color allround. tfs jon

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-10-27 5:43]

Welcome back Annick
Excellent portrait.As Usual very sharp image whit fantastic details.Excellent POV and very nice BG.Color are lovely
TFS Michel

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  • clint Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 39 W: 0 N: 237] (1371)
  • [2007-10-27 5:48]

what a wonderfull capture, the focus is spot on and the colour of the bill and around the eye is great. nicely positioned in the frame.
all the best

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-10-27 6:21]

Hello Annick,
Yes, I've seen a lot of them in Kruger. They eat from your hand. A fantastic photo. Perfect sharpness and details. Beautiful natural colours. Great BG and POV with a nice composition.

hi annick!
what a great bird!
really sharp with perfect
exposure and nice pov and
dof,fine background to!
good work!

So there you were last weeks!!! Now I understand everything! ;)
And I can see that you did not loose your time! Fantastic picture: very sharp, perfectly coloured and with amazing DOF. It is a great pleasure to see that you are back and also to see picture like this one!
Welcome back Annick and my best withes from Poland!

Hi Annick
great capture! lovely compo, great bg and superb sharpness
looking forward to seein more!

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-10-27 8:02]

Hi Annick

Another stunning post from you. Wonderful DOF, great POV and perfect exposure. Pin sharp.



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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-10-27 9:12]

Hola Annick. Exelente Macro. Muy bella foto, Me agrada la composicion. El pico es verdaderamente hermoso. Saludos Luis52.

hi annick,
outstanding sharpness and a great pose of this impressive bird.
GREA POV. fantastic details and beautiful colours against this lovely soft BG.perfect exposure.
an excellent portrait !
TFS - carole

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-10-27 10:26]

Hi Annick

It's getting better and better :)
I really love this picture of such an impressive bird as the hornbill.
Monopod or not, this is an impeccably sharp shot, with a simply perfect DOF - one that focuses stricly on the subject while creating a lovely bokeh in the BG.
Superb composition and spot-on exposure that came with some brilliant colors, too.
Great work!


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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2007-10-27 10:58]

Muito boa imagem de qualidade exelente meus parabéns.

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  • Pier Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 25 W: 0 N: 37] (808)
  • [2007-10-27 12:08]

Ritratto e definizione stupendi, uniti ad uno sfondo da vero maestro.
Un cordiale saluto

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-10-27 12:24]

Hi Annick!
Nice bird, it loooks so proudly.
Great conposition, sharp and detail, colors are great too

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-10-27 12:41]

Truly stunning once again!
colours and details are both perfect!
Composition: 11/10

Ha Annick,

What a beauty
deze vogel doet me denken aan de film de "Lion king"
Schitterend portret
Prachtig scherp met subliem gedetaileerde bevedering en kleuren
zelfs de achtergrond is PERFECT

TFS Thijs

Hi Annick,
New bird for me! Great shot, love the colors of his feathers, beautiful shot highlighting his color with the blended background TFS

Wow! Nice full frame close-up with wonderful colours and details. Canon EOS 1D Mark III no wonder :) Congrats...

I do remember this bird from some Loot's pictures and other lucky photographers who have the chance to visit this amazing place. This bird looks so exotic to me. Excellent portrait with all the elements that make a great picture! Thanks,

Hi Annick,
An amazing second photo of stange fellow from the trip!
Outstanding details and excellent exposure.
Vivid colours and very nice POV& composition.
This is one of impeccable portrait shot.
Well done and TFS,
Best wishes, Kevin

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-10-28 13:05]

Hello Annick ! Great portrait of this great bird ! Incredibly sharp and well exposed, good background too !


  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2007-10-28 14:59]

Hello Annick, very nice portrait of this eveil looking character packed bird. Lovely exposure and very nice composition. Well done!

So you shot this in the wild, did you? Wow!. It is really super. I have to agree with all the above well deserved comments. Thanks for sharing your safari!

Evelynn : )

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-10-28 23:21]

A fantastic shot of this hornbill, Annick.
It is one of my favourite birds, though I have only seen them in zoos.
Perfect focus and exposure and DOF.
Angle and pose are excellent as well.
TFS. ; )

Another superb photo - probably the best I have seen of this very favourite bird of mine.The detail you have captured is magnificent.

Hey Annick,
Short on time, back later mf.

Hello Annick!

Excellent shot in composition, POV and DOF! TFS.

Good one! Very vivid colors along with a good pose and exemplary clarity! Kudos! Cheers, Klaus

WOW! Annick!

What a gorgious picture of this hornbill! Colors are impressive and the nice bg compliments so well the bird... I like also your vertical compo letting appear the bird from the lower right corner of the picture! One thing is sure: I would wear gloves if I would have to manipulate it!!!



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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-10-30 13:18]

your fantastic gallery remember me the safari i been in Kenya...but when i go there there aren't the digital cameras :-(( thanks for share,best whishes Luciano

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2007-10-31 10:00]

Hello Annick,
Superb shot.! The bird looks very proud and haughty. MAy be it is posing for you to take it's photo.:) Excellent shot with superb clarity, details, exposure, and colours.
Good POV and DOF. i liked the composition too.

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  • tiklod Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 290 W: 74 N: 875] (3397)
  • [2007-10-31 14:12]

Hi Annick,
This is an amazing clear and well contrasted picture! Excellent framing of this colourful bird... Great details on plumage.
Great Shot,


Hi Annick,
Very well captured. Excellent.
Good detail, colours and sharpness.
Composition and exposure are good. Good POV, timing and framing.
Cheers from Hong Kong.

HI Annick,
I didnt know that you had setup a studio there in Africa :) Great shot, tack sharp with beautiful creamy background. Regards Anil

Hi Annick
Nice photo with nice colours

Fantastic shot, Annick. Great POV, focus,
colors and details. Congratulations. TFS.


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