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For Smitha

For Smitha
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Copyright: Anna Eksteen (Miss_Piggy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2285 W: 5 N: 5300] (18714)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-10-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC H9, Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 15x Optical zoom, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger NP 2009
Theme(s): Kruger National Park 2, Birds of South Africa 3, Dedications I have made [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-01-01 8:27
Viewed: 4599
Points: 66
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbill / Tockus leucomelas

Today's posting I would like to dedicate to Smitha Komath (Smitha), from Kerala, India. This is just to show my appreciation for the gift she sent me, all the way from India, containing a selection of the finest spices and some other goodies. I was as excited as a child when Smitha told me, via e-mail, that she will be sending me something, and I eagerly awaited the parcel. It arrived just before Christmas and it was a very special gift. After removing the brown standard wrapper, a delightful coloured box decorated with lovely frills and small beads awaited me. I appreciate all the effort done to make the gift so pretty and since it had to come via standard post all the way from India there was a big possibility that it could have arrived damaged. I recently compiled a recipe book about different curry and aromatic dishes so these spices Smitha sent me will be put to good use. Thanks my friend, your kind gesture is much appreciated.

This bird was photographed at the Duke waterhole, near Crocodile Bridge rest camp. Images of the Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill have been featured many times before; therefore I do not see the necessity of giving all the information again just for the sake of it. If you do however want to read in more detail about this curious looking bird please visit the galleries of Loot or Annick van der Schelden whom I know have posted some wonderful and striking images and supplied very interesting reading material of this specific bird. I also posted a portrait of this bird before, taken at a previous visit to the Kruger.

In short this bird can be described as follows: A common widespread species. Their numbers fluctuate. They lay eggs between October and April. A distinctive and well known hornbill, the yellow bill making identification straightforward. Frequently visit camps and roadsides, becoming very tame and tolerant of moving vehicles. Favours dry savannah bush and mopane regions, and spends much time on the ground. Their wurk, wurk, wukwukak, wukwukak sounds gradually works up into a crescendo and then fades away, often if two birds call simultaneously.

Taken from: Birds of Southern Africa – by Kenneth Newman.

I hope you enjoyed looking at this photo as much as I took pleasure in taking it.

marius-secan, nglen, eng55, siggi, roges, jaycee, Jamesp, Hussain58, smitha, tcr, Noisette, MMM, uleko, tuslaw, xTauruSx, Rehanna, anel, matteo86, boreocypriensis, manyee, Mamagolo2, Alex99, brech has marked this note useful
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Hello Anna,
Great close up image with exceptional details and sharpness.
Excellent capture.

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2010-01-01 9:00]

Hola Anna: Un acercamiento fabuloso y una magnífica toma la que logró de esta bella especie...saludos.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-01-01 9:05]

Hi Anna. This is a first class close up of the Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbill . You have been able to capture every little detail , with your sharp focusing. The colours are spot on . I like the way the huge bill has taken on a shine from the light . Interesting notes too . Well taken TFS.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-01 9:38]

Hello Anna,
These birds are there by hundreds in Kruger. I've also posted a few photos of them.
This is a great portrait of the Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill. The details are amazing an very beautiful colours. Very nice OOF BG and choice of composition.
I hope to see a lot more of these beauties from Kruger.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-01-01 10:08]

Hello Anna
What a beautiful portrait...wonderful vivid colors and very sharp details

really impressive so closely,Anna....
very sharp details of Yellow-billed Hornbill
Best wishes to you and your family for a wonderful 2010 sERGIO

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-01 12:24]

Hi Annai
Great portrait of this Yellow-Billed Horn.Sharpness and details are perfect as always.Well caught,framed and composed.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting..

Wauwh Anna
this a super sharpness picture
i like the very good details ,you can see everyting of the head
super colours and good light
thanks Anna for the nicecomments you give on my picture
a Happy 2010 fot you and your Family
greeting lou

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-01-01 13:27]

Hello Anna.
This is stunning. Love the colours. Very nicely composed. Good catchlight in the eye. Perfect BG. Nice camera work.
Happy new Year to you and your family! Best regards Siggi

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-01-01 14:35]

Hello Anna,
A splendid catch, your contribution on how to end in 2010 begins in 2009, that is superb.
A splendid dedication you do at the beginning of the year.
A warm Happy New Year, a year in 2010 better than 2009.
We expect beautiful picture of you in November.
But above all much health, happiness and beautiful pictures.
Best thoughts,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-01-01 15:52]

Hi Anna,

Miss Piggy, this Hornbill is stunning. And such a wonderful dedication to Smitha. It took me a while to get beyond that piercing eye and the fantastic profile of the beak. But the plumage is just as amazing. Excellent colors, details, and composition. Quite a picture to start off the new year.


Thanks for the opportunity to see one of these birds up close and in such sharp detail. What a really nice photo, well done!

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-01-02 1:05]

Hi Anna

Happy New Year from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

A lovely gift from Smitha. A wonderful shot - I know where you took it - I took a shot of a Giant Kingfisher at the same location. Superb composition and detail.


Hello Anna,
Sorry I am a bit late but this is a fine shot and begged for comments as it deserves it. What a wonderful head shot or bust shot of this beautiful bird, the feather details, eye, beak, wattles and everything is inch perfect including the colours which is a forte of birds....thanks for sharing...hope new year is good...take care..warmest regards/Abid

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2010-01-02 10:44]

Dear Anna,
I feel honoured to have such a beautiful dedication. I have always admired this bird in the galleries of Loot, Annick and a couple of others. I have one picture among my favourites too. So I am overjoyed to have one dedicated to me.
About the picture, a fine portrait with excellent sharpness and details. Perfect POV that enhances its expression caught.Thanks once again Anna, for this beautiful bird.
I am glad to know that you liked my gift and that it will come handy for you in your recipes.:)don't hesitate to tell me if you want any more spices from from our cuisine.
Love and regards,

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2010-01-02 11:46]

Great close-up. Beautiful light, composition and colour. Accurate focus and depth of field.
Greetings and TFS.

Hello Anna
superb portrait of this Hornbill, a great dedication for your friend Smitha
wunderful composed shot with amazing details on the plumage and beak
coloration, BG and POv are perfect
Have a good night and a good year 2010

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-01-02 15:23]

Hi Anna
Great portrait.Very sharp image with great plumage detail.Colors are also beautiful.
TFS Michel

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-01-03 3:02]

Hi Anna,another time it's very difficult to find words to comment a fanatstic pic like that.What a impressive close-up and what a beautiful specie!You was lucly to meet this beauty of nature...and a great photographer to take that so perfectly.My greats compliments,have a nice Sunday,Luciano

Hello Anna.
The new year begin with another great image posted of you.
Wonderful bird and very good photo.Congratulations.
Friendly regards and greetings from Romania.Alin.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-01-03 4:45]

Hello Anna,
A really splendid close capture of this Hornbill showing fantastic details of the large beak and the eye. Lovely fluffy feathers too and beautiful colours.
A lovely dedication for Smitha too!
TFS and all the best wishes, Ulla

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-01-03 17:08]

Hello Anna,
A great close-up of a bird that I have only seen on the National Geographic channel. Excellent detail of the facial feathers, which actually seems to have a wool or hair-like look and texture to them. The bill looks to be a very heavy duty one, and the bold yellow color makes it stand out quite easily. Thanks for providing a close-up of this interesting and beautiful bird.

Hello Anna, wonderful and lovely portrait shot of this cute hornbill from nice POV with great colours and details.

Exellently sharp and Colorful (with a capital C).
Have a good 2010!!

Best regards,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-01-04 4:41]

Hello Anna,
Impressive portrait of this special bird with its amzaing long and colorful beak. And what an eye! We just have to behave..
Excellent sharpness, natural colors and a well chosen composition.
Interesting posting again on Kruger Park fauna.
Kind regards

That's a very evil grin, very well captured. Excellent colors contrasted with the background. Congratulations and happy new year!

wow, wonderful and very curious specie...
the shot is so crisp and detailed...perfect also the light
really well done
and ocmpliment for the capture



Hi Anna,

Outstanding portrait capture of this awesome looking Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbill with immaculate sharpness, colours and details. Looks so lovely.
Excellent POV, DOF and composition.
TFS and have a nice night!


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2010-01-04 21:24]

Happy New Year, Anna!
What a character this yellow-billed hornbill fella seems to be.
The yellow beak and red face make a striking contrast.
Clear eye and excellent details showing each feather!
I also like the way you cropped/composed this shot.
The close up really highlights the expression on the face.
The look he gives you definitely says, "Don't mess with me! I'm not in the mood."
A wonderful portrait of this interesting bird.
TFS. : )

Ciao Anna, fantastic portrait of wonderful bird, perfect focus, fine details, splendid natural colors and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Anna,
As always one of your beautiful photo's. Good sharp detail against the background. VWD snd TFS.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-01-23 23:18]

Hi Anna.
Once more great portrait of a very attractive bird with terrific exactness of reproduction of all impressive features of this creature. I like wonderful framing, rich and natural colours. Amazing combination of tack sharp details and nice blurred BG. Bravo.
Yours Alexei.

Hi Anna,
Hope you are all well.A great image, pinsharp, well exposed and nicely undisturbed contrasting BG.Hope you have some good sights at the pan.

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