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Southern yellow-billed hornbill

Southern yellow-billed hornbill
Photo Information
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): Kruger National Park 2, Birds of South Africa 2, Vanderschelden's Africa, Vanderschelden's Yellow-billed hornbills [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-02 8:14
Viewed: 5636
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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 09:38:29
Tv(Shutter Speed)
Av(Aperture Value)
Metering Modes
Evaluative metering
Exposure Compensation
ISO Speed
EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM
Focal Length
400,0 mm
Image size
3888 x 2592
Image Quality
White Balance
AF mode
One-Shot AF
Picture Style

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-01-02 8:30]

Hello Annick,
I've got a soft spot for Hornbills and this capture is splendid! I like the composition with the bird sharply in focus and in a good pose. Great details and fine colours too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Beautiful shot of this Hornbill, Annick
Well done in all aspects.
I like the almost sepia tonal quality.
TFS, Richard

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-02 9:36]

Hello Annick,
I like the POV, pose and composition in this shot of a Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill and the image technical quality is of course top class.
Well done and best wishes for 2008,

Encore une pièce maîtresse de votre galerie ! Superbe unité de couleur entre le corps de l'oiseau et l'arrière plan.

You have captured well the personality of this bird and with fine notations as always. Seems as though you had both major season planned well, leaving you with a lot of inside time for now on the computer working with images...Nicely done Annick. I particularly like this one!

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-01-02 10:27]

Ha Annick,

Een kleurige opname,ik vind de hornbill perfect tegen de monotone achtergrond uitspringen,je zou haast denken dat je de achtergrond zo gekeurd hebt,fraai camerawerk,


Hello Annick,
Captured real well on this African Hornbill!
the exposure and focus is spot on with perfect sharpness, vivid colour and details to view and enjoy!
thanks for the informative useful notes regarding this bird!
sincerely wishing you the best to come in 2008

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-01-02 10:45]

Hello Annick,
I don't have much time today so, I just want to
congratulate you for this wonderful capture and wish
you a wonderful new year.. 2 days in!


Another well designed and conceived image that is beautifully executed. The color, exposure and framing are all perfect. There is a tiny amount of haloing below the beak but you have to search to find issues with this photograph. It is gorgeous at every level.

As always, the note is informative both photographically and for the subject.


That's an interesting and wonderful bird, Annick, you are so lucky that you had the chance to see so fantastic animals.
Thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-01-02 11:57]

Salut Annick, i like a lot this incredible bird,the COLOURS ARE FANTASTIC !! thanks for share,Luciano

Hello Annik,
splendid, just splendid,
cheer and have a fantastic new year

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-01-02 12:45]

Hello Annick,
cute bird :)
sharp with great focus,
nice compo and colors
best regards, Dejan

Hi Annick, Excellent capture of this unusual looking bird. Composition and pose is excellent. Lovely details and sharpness where it counts. Regards Steve.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-01-02 18:10]

Hello Annick,
Wonderful composition with a great species, the focus and exposure are impecciable, thanks Annick.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-01-02 18:58]

Hi Annick.- What a nice looking bird. I like his colors and the pose too. Great camera work with very good sharpness and focus.
Nice note too.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-01-03 0:26]

Hello Annick,
Happy New Year to you and your family!
I love these cheeky yellow-billed hornbills, and this is a magnificent presentation of one.
Perfect focus and light and composition, as usual.
TFS. : )

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-03 3:29]

Hello Annick ! Wow what a shot ! Great bird but great picture too ! The details are so sharp and clear, the composition is just perfect (I like the 'X' that the bird and the twig are creating) and the background is really nice. Thanks !


Excellent image Annick..
Everything looks fine to me :)

Hi Annick,
Nice shot of the Hornbill i love it, nice and sharp, the pose is perfect.
Have a great New Year..


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-01-03 10:31]

Hi Annick.
What can be most sweet than this charming bird? I don't know. It is the best. I am also impressed with superb X-structure of the picture, stunning sharpness of the main subject and pleasant blurriness of the BG. Color palette is not rich but every tone is amazing (well saturated and pleasant at high range). Bravo. Once more sample of high end photo art.
Yours Alexei.

Hi Annick
A beautifully sharp image. I like the diagonals in the composition and the way the end of the branch on which the bird is sitting repeats the shape of the beak. Wonderful eye and feather detail. An excellent image of this bird.

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-01-03 18:16]

Hi Annick,

Wow, what a superb shot you took from a very particular subject. This bird seems to have character and you've captured it very well. Very sharp image, excellent focus and details all over the bird. Very well done!


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-01-03 19:16]

Hello Annick

This is beautiful.
The POV is excellent and the bird is perfectly placed in the frame.
The illumination is well done,and the colours produced are natural and well saturated.
Razor sharp focus with lovely detail,the plumage is well defined.
Great camera work.


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-01-04 5:46]

Hi Annick,
Focus, sharpness, clarity, composition and details look very nice. TFS
Best wishes,

Hi Annick,
I'm always impressed seeing those strange birds. This is a nice composition with superb details, exposure and tones of colors. This fellow is created to fits its environment. Thanks,

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2008-01-04 10:11]

Hello Annick,
Fantastic shot of a beautiful bird. Excellent sharpness and details. Nice natural colours and background. Liked the POV and the pose captured.Great composition.
Well done!!

Hello Annick,
Just a superb photo!
Kind regards

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