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Oriental Pied Hornbill

Oriental Pied Hornbill
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S2-IS, Canon 12x zoom 36-432mm equivalent
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My trips to Thailand, Malaysia & Singapore [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-06-20 7:38
Viewed: 5250
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris) is one of the smaller more common hornbills of south-east Asia with a length of 70cm. This is a male, which can be identified by the small amount of black on the bill, females have up to half the bill dark. They are found in forests up to 1400m but are most numerous in th elowlands, even visiting gardens and occasionally occur in large flocks.
This one was taken in the Kuala Lumpur bird park.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-06-20 7:58]

Hi Chris!
Impressive beak! I don't know why, but this bird looks wise to me. Maybe because it looks like professor from university in this black and white outfit? Great portrait of very interesting creature.

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  • Oz1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 75 W: 2 N: 174] (1012)
  • [2006-06-20 9:10]

Hi Chris,
What a nice looking bird!
very intresting shot with fine details and colors. POV is great!

Nice portrait with good details.
Colors are soft but good.
Weel, done, Chris!


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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-06-20 11:23]

Hi Chris,

A very nice portait of this hornbill,I always wonder how they are able to fly with this stucture on the head,picture is sharp and detaailed even with the difficult colors you have to deal with,well done and TFS


Hello Chris,
Very good portrait of this very odd bird. They look quite amazing.
The picture has very good quality and perfect lighting. Very nice colours too.

Great side profile and good exposure on the black revealing details. Very good work Chris, well done.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-06-21 8:36]

Hi Chris,
These are such bizarre looking creatures, quite an amazing bill. Colours are good, details are excellent and great DOF, the background is perfectly defocused. A tricky exposure too with that huge bright white bill in a dark image but I think you nailed it. The only tiny minor nit I might have is that the eye isn't really visible. This is where flash might pay off, as it will put a catchlight in the eye. But as I said a minor point, so minor in fact that I wouldn't want you to think I'm being negative! A really nice portrait of this unusual subject. Nice work.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-06-24 15:03]
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Hi Chris
A truly brilliant close-up shot of this hornbill and one which shows very well the amazing features of that enormous bill.
A great composition with good proportions in the cropping. The colours are fine and the details are absolutely fabulous. While the BG colour and focus are stunning I believe it would have made a major improvement if you selectively brightened it a little bit. So too the black of the birds eye, neck and body as well. That would have brought out some lovely contrasts and details on the body which is now slightly obscured to the eye.
Anyway, it is brilliant work and TFS.

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