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Copyright: Smitha Komath (smitha) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, 300mm AF-S F4 Nikkor
Exposure: f/5.5, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Intimate Portraits, NATURE'S BEST [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-24 3:32
Viewed: 4648
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 69
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I know most of you will be too busy to visit TN on Xmas eve, but those who find time to drop in heartfelt wishes from Smitha, Anil, Meera and Renu.
This is the picture of Malabar Grey hornbill.It is a brownish slaty grey hornbill.It has got whitish dtreaks on head, crown, throat and breast and also white nasal plumes and broad supercilium.Wing quills are black with some primaries white tipped. The tail is glossy blackwith white tips except for the central pair of rectrices. Both sexes are alike. It is endemic to Westernghats in India.It is seen in pairs or small groups. It feeds on ficus figs, fruits, insects and small animals. Nesting season is January to early April.Nest isa natural tree hollow walled up with bird droppings after the female has settled herself in, leaving only a narrow slit through which the male feeds her.The wall is broken down after the young hatch out and both parents forage for the young thereafter.

This picture was taken with the help of Mr. K.V. Eldose,who is a noted birder and the best giuide one can have in South India.He has got a special ability to find the birds however difficult it is to spot them. I once read a line written by our dear friend Loot that it is not because you are lucky that you come across the birds, it's because Nature has decided to reveal her secrets or gifts to you. I too believe this. And it is exactly the case with Mr. Eldose. May be it is his love for the birds and nature that She readily reveals her secrets to him. Thanks to Eldose for the trips I and Anil had with him to Thattekkad were really a good study in Nature and greatest of all excellent oppertunities to come home with good photographs of these lovely birds.
Once again wishing you happy ho;idays,

loot, fartash, eqshannon, SelenE, pablominto, wuta, Alex99, uleko, Argus, Maite, earthtraveler, fiyo, marhowie, Necipp, sherlock628, haraprasan, japiey has marked this note useful
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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-12-24 3:38]

Hi Smitha,
Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to you too and your family.
Outstanding card and image of this Hornbill with immaculate sharpness and lovely colours. Superb lighting and exposure and the DOF is precise. That eye looks gorgeous as does the fabulous bill. Excellent POV and very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-12-24 4:07]

Hello Smitha,
Excellent photo of this Hornbill. Perfect light and sharpness and very beautiful colours. Great POV, composition and DOF. Wonderful eye.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,

Dear Smitha
Wonderful shot of this grey Hornbill,
Perfect moment ,details and exposure,
Superb shot,Welldone.

Merry Christmas

A very professional bird image, Smitha.
Fantastic POV, great sharpness and superb colours. I like the chips flying around as the bird pecks at the fruit.
Thanks for your wishes and a Happy New Year to you and your family.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2007-12-24 5:33]

Beautiful shot this beautiful bird..Superb details.
Nice composition & good POV!!
Happy xmas to you!

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  • Pier Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 25 W: 0 N: 37] (808)
  • [2007-12-24 5:33]

Hallo Smitha un immagine incredibile, veramente un dettaglio stupendo per non parlare del resto.
Un caro saluto e un abbraccio, che tu possa passare un felice e sereno Natale insieme a tutti i tuoi cari.

This picture is worth 5 points. Today because I am way behind in my giving of gifts...I can only afford to give you one. There is nothing wrong with your picture. It is wonderful, but in order for me to acknowledge everyone today, I must be wise with my points...so may YOU be Blessed on this most Holy of Christmas Eve's and Morning...

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2007-12-24 8:08]

Hi Smitha,

Great shot of this beautiful bird. Superb actionshot and very sharp. Nice colors as well. My compliments!!
Have a nice Christmas!


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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2007-12-24 8:13]

Hi Smitha
Wonderfull image, wery good colors and sharp details
have a nice day

Hello Smitha,
Nice to see your posting!!
Thank you so much for a wonderful Christmas greeting card, much appreciated!!
Sincerely wishing you and family
best regards always goes to you!

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-12-24 9:03]

Hi Smitha,
Lovely capture :o) Pose you captured, focus, sharpness and details are great. Bravo and TFS

Hi Smitha,
This is one of the best bird images i have seen in TN and its nice of you to mention Mr Eldose ( No doubt he's a great birder). The picture is very good. I love those eyes and flying pulp of papaya :-)
Merry X mas to you and uy family.

PS: I'm planning to visit Thettekad by Feb 1/2 week ;-)

Goutham R

Hello Smitha,
Ahhh, it's a lovely bird, super details in the plumage!
Great composition and a fine pose from the the subject...
Seasonal greetings from Norway,
Pablo -


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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-12-24 10:43]

Hello Smitha , What a lovely bird ,and a great shot good sharpnes details colours pose and beauty bg and framing , Greetings and I wish you and the family a merry Cristmas and Happy New Year .Teunnie

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-12-24 11:19]

Hi Smitha.
Merry Christmas and happy New Year to you and many new amazing shots as this one. Excellent expressive scene with brilliant reproduction. Timing is simply great as well as the sharpness of the main subject and tiny details (especially flying chips) and nice smooth colourful BG. Bravo.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-12-24 12:30]

Dear Smitha,
Many thanks for this wonderful greeting and I wish you and your family a joyful Christmas and a Happy New Year. You managed to get an outstanding close capture of this beautiful Hornbill illustrating the huge size of its bill. Excellent sharpness and lovely colours.
All the best wishes, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-12-24 13:00]

Hello Smitha,
I would like to thanks you for your kind wishes for the season and to wish you and your family a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year that includes lots of fine photos.
This one is a really great capture showing in detail the Malabar Grey Hornbill helping himself to a papaya. Excellent sharpness and details even showing bits of fruit flying in the air as he hacks away. Superb lighting, bokeh BG and composition too.
Well done and thanks,

Thank you Smitha for the Christmas greeting.
This is a wonderful shot of the Hornbill.
Great POV showing it's humorous characteristics.
Fine focus details, composition, DOF, and color.
Happy holidays to you and yours.

hi smitha,
wonderful shot of this hornbill feeding on papaya. good dof. i never had a chance to see a hornbill in kerala, even though it is the state bird of kerala. tfs.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-12-24 21:59]

Hello Smitha

Wow this is a wonderful image you have captured.
I agree with Loot, it was meant to be that you captured this amazing bird for us to see.
The lighting is excellent and the focus is spot on with sharp detail.I love how you have captured the bits of the fruit as it splatters.
Wonderful colours,the bird is well placed in the frame.
Superbly done.

All the best wishes from Canada

Dear Smitha,
This is an awesome picture. I am glad that you could get the entire Hornbill in full frame in sharp focus and good lighting. I love the way the Papaya pieces are flying around. Great Picture. Thank you for sharing. Wish you Merry Christmas.
- Murali Santhanam

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-12-25 10:29]

Hello Smitha,
Very nice composition, superb detail,POV and colours. I also like frame. Good work!

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-12-26 1:58]

Hi Smitha

Thanks for this beautiful gesture and for this lovely image and also for all the wonderful postings you shared with us throughout the year.

All the best for you and your loved ones during this festive season and beyond into the New Year that looms ahead.

May God shower his choicest blessings on you and your family this Christmas, and for the New Year I wish for you:
Health to Enjoy each day in Comfort,
Copious measures of Love from Friends and Family,
The Exquisite Beauty of Nature,
Wisdom to Choose priorities Sensibly,
Prosperity and the Best of everything,
Generosity so you may Share the above,
Overflowing Happiness and Abundant Joy,
and a Youthful Excitement at life's Simple Pleasures,

Warmest regards

Excellent capture Smitha,
I like the small pieces of tree flying about the birds head as it works. Always much better when you get them doing something :)
Nice & sharp, great detail, color, DOF, POV, and well composed.
Happy Holidays,

nice pose and fine natural colours, good looking :)

Hello Smitha Wonderfull colour and a beautiful shot. Lovely and sharp details. Have a great New year and I hope Christmas was a fine time. Rgds Necip.

Hello Smitha and Happy Holidays,
Very nice focus on the eye. POV and composition are perfect. I love the flying debris in the background. Excellent image of a very interesting bird. TFS

Hi Smitha,
Many thanks for the wishes. A well composed greeting card with a very good looking hornbill. Nice details and very good timing. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Smitha,
Great picture of a hornbill in action on a papaya plant.
Thanks for sharing.
- Nirmal

Hi Smitha,

Happy days for your family :)
Sharp, and lovely.

Take care..

jean paul

Hi Smitha,
Oh my, I've never seen a photograph of this bird!
You've got a great close up shot, beautiful detials and colors. what a cute bird! TFS

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-12-31 3:12]

What a fantastic and amazing shot for a Christmas card, dear Smitha!! I love the great details on this curious and beautiful bird, the great POV, DOF, colors and composition.
Thank you very much!
Very merry Christmas and happy New Year to you and yours.
With my best regards

P:) I'm sorry for I've been out so long.
I wish you have a lovely Night and very happy New Year. Wishing 2008 will bring you good health and lots of Happiness :)

Hi Smitha,
Wow! I just love the action that you captured on this remarkable picture. Excellent all around exposure shows nice details and perfect colors. :)

Smitha, thankyou for your critique:)
This is am amazing photo! So clear and well composed! Well Done!

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-05-20 6:30]

How on earth did I miss this?!?!?!
It's probably THE best shot of a Hornbill I've ever seen!!!
Extremely sharp and very detailed.
Superb DOF and BG.
Brilliant colours and lighting to show them off.
The blurred specks in the BG are a really good bonus (are they "shrapnel" from the whole in the fruit or something?)

Very, very well done Smitha!
A belated Merry Christmas to you to :-)



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