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Tockus leucomelas

Tockus leucomelas
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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: 2007-10-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: Kruger National Park
Theme(s): Vanderschelden's Africa, Vanderschelden's Yellow-billed hornbills, Annick Vanderschelden Wildlife Photography [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-20 14:30
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Dedicate this one to Rick (Adanac). I'm sure he'll be better soon.

Same shooting as yesterday's post; another pose...
Thanks for viewing...

Camera Model Name
Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Shooting Date/Time
14/10/2007 08:00:39
Tv(Shutter Speed)
Av(Aperture Value)
Metering Modes
Evaluative metering
Exposure Compensation
ISO Speed
EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM +1.4x
Focal Length
560,0 mm
Image size
3888 x 2592
Image Quality
White Balance
AF mode
One-Shot AF
Picture Style

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.

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A fantastic shot Annick, this looks an amazing bird. You caught a great pose on this bird with its lifted wing. composition is excellent as is the sharpness and clarity of image. Stunning..

Hello Annick,
Wonderful capture of hornbill with great sharp details, POV, eye contact. great horizontal composition and timing. Good informative, frame and notes. thanks.
well done

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-02-20 15:00]

Hola Annick,
realmente espectacular,
hermosa captura,

This is just too cool Annick. I love it. Superb work.

Evelynn : )

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2008-02-20 15:55]

Hi Annick,
Strange looking bird this hornbill! This is a nice capture, great sharpness and POV.
Very well done!

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-02-20 16:26]

Hi Annick, what a beautiful photographic style you have. This is such a nice picture of this bird. Look at the wing ending at the tip of the branch, it is definitely a great composition. I am sure you do not predict ahead of time these details but somewhere you see it, you must have a fast mind. What a beautiful picture to introduce us to this bird. I really like your work. Thank you.


Hello Annick,
Beautiful action from this Yellow-billed Hornbill. Sharp focus with detail to appreciate. Great color clarity. Very well done and tfs.

excellent capture.great sharpness and detail.wonderful colors!

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-02-20 18:01]

Hi Annick.
excellent shot of this hornbill. he has a very nice looking face. sometimes I think he is really mad.
Great sharpness and colorful photo.

Hi Annick,
Great capture, what amazing colours on this Yellow-billed Hornbill, excellent detail and well framed, really nice work all the best Cheers Rick :)

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-02-20 22:13]

Hi Annick,

What a great bird portret. I like the moment you cought in your photo. Image is great beeing sharp clear with good details of the bird. Excelent natural looking colors and tones. Composition also is very good.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • takos1 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 261 W: 25 N: 208] (2607)
  • [2008-02-20 23:26]

Ciao Annick,
bella foto e strano questo uccello che si sta lisciando le pime, brava!


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-02-20 23:30]

Hi Annick,
Pose you captured, focus, sharpness, details, POV and composition are very nice. TFS

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-02-20 23:39]

Hi Annick,

Een fraaie foto met goede kleuren,een leuke dedicatie aan rick,ik denk dat hij hier wel een oppepper van krijgt,groetjes


Hi Annick
Really well composed with usual good detail. Good to have a photo of a Hornbill doing something other than just posing.TFS.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-02-21 1:23]

Hello Annick,
Great shot, very good POV and pose. Sharpness,details and colors are excellent.
Very well done .TFS..

Hi Annick,

great shot! Really nice composition and expression of the bird.


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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-02-21 2:57]

Another hornbill?
Wonderful! Your model is really charming. Well done Annick!

Hello Annick
Very nice posture and sharp photo of a Tockus leucomelas (Yellowbilled hornbill)a very common bird in the Kruger park
But I it looks a bit too brownish to me,the reason could be the morning light?
I tried a workshop to get the belly more white but finally I prefer your photo!
Kind regards

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  • inked Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 0 N: 249] (771)
  • [2008-02-21 4:03]

hi Annick,
awesome! what a magnificent looking bird.. you've captured it with such amazing detail, in a great pose. beautiful. thanks for sharing

I share the regards for Rick. Photo is amazing on the other hand. SA type od direciton sign, this way is south:))

This is a powerful portrait Annick, showing the Hornbill in a characteristic pose, busy with its alula feathers. A perfect POV provides us with a high degree of details on plumage and coloration. TFS my friend.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-21 6:04]

Very good shot of this Hornbill Annick!
The amount of detail in the feathers is amazing!
I love the funny pose.
Great composition and POV.
Nice colours.
This will make Rick feel much better!

hello Annick

if i compare this shot with your last posting
i love much more this one, i love more the pose on this image
and the way you framed this amazing bird on the image, TFS


I hate to sound like a broken record all the time... but this is simply a fantastic nature image.

No sane person would disagree with that.

The moment you captured is fabulous. From a pure nature perspective this is a great photograph. The overall technical and photographic quality is as good as it gets AND it is perfectly composed.

What more could possibly be said?

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-02-21 13:25]
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Hallo Annick,
Deze vind ik nog mooier dan de vorige. De scherpe blik in de ogen van deze Toks is altijd zo indrukwekkend. Perfect heldere foto weer met een fantastische compositie.
Ga even een week op wintersport. Ik kijk nu al uit naar jouw volgende foto's.

Bonsoir Annick,
Une triple indication quant à la direction à suivre : le regard, l'aile et la branche ! Joli travail de composition !

Bonjour Annick,
la pose est fantastique, on dirait qu'il fait son stretching,
bravo pour cette photo d'une qualité irréprochable,

Absolutely my type of photograph - they went that-a-way! Like the action and wing pointing to his left. Lovely pic, great exposure too!

Hi Annick,
excellent capture!!!!

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-02-24 10:19]

Hi Annick

Stunning sharp details and I love the pose you caught with the wing out. Perfect composition as well



hi annick!
great shot on a very fina bird
sitting in a nice pose!
very good!

You must have had fun taking pictures of this bird. I have commented on the more recent one you posted, which I like especially because of the texture. For this one above, it is obvious that the pose is priceless. Late afternoon sun gave tones with great warmth.

One thing, if I may. I noticed a few halos from oversharpening, in particular the ones under the beak and under the branches.

Hi Annick

The dwarf mongoose relies on the support of the Hornbills:

Most species of mongoose hunt alone, but not the dwarf mongooses, which hunt in packs. So the mongoose pack scurries through the undergrowth foraging for insects and small mammals, the hornbills fly overhead as lookouts in exchange for the rich pickings of insects flushed out by the mongooses. Hornbill have sharp eyes and the raucous alarm calls when they spot danger make an early warning system for the mongooses.

Both the mongooses and the hornbills have predators in commun such as birds of prey; but the hornbills also warn of predators that prey only on the mongooses and are no danger to themselves.

If the mongooses have not appeared by the time the hornbills arrive in the morning, the birds call loudly to wake them up. If on the other hand the mongoose rise early and find no sign of the birds, they wait expectantly for them...



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