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This One's For You Gert

This One's For You Gert
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Copyright: Loot Eksteen (loot) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-22
Categories: Birds, Bushveld
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 170-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO Ultra DG, Digital ISO 200, UV 86mm Kenko
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger National Park - 2006
Theme(s): Birds of South Africa 1, 100 points or more (Chapter 2), Birds / Aves, Wildlife of Africa, Birds of Africa, A study in Ornithology (birds) 1, Dedications at Trek Nature, Kruger National Park 1, Dedications to Gert, My Dedications ;o) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-15 8:12
Viewed: 9461
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 120
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill - Tockus leucomelas

Wednesday, our dear friend and beloved fellow TN member, the greatly admired and appreciated Gert Ellstrom, will attend hospital where he will undergo surgery to his wrist.

This posting is dedicated to you Gert to remind you of all your friends here on the site. We wish you well and a speedy recovery. I sincerely hope that this is only the beginning of a complete recovery (once the other wrist and shoulder have also been sorted out) so that you can fully enjoy your photographic lifestyle and still treat us to many of your excellent postings in time to come.

This is a little poem to keep you going while in hospital and having to deal with the frustrations of being temporarily handicapped.

To my sore hand, come…

distant pile of magazines,
of cars, wars, and peoples slips,
celebrities and beauty queens,
with smiling teeth and glossy lips,
to my sore hand, come!

O tangerine just out of reach,
how elusive your flavour to glean,
O hear my inner psyche screech
awoken from my distant dream;
to my sore hand, come...

O water jug, glide unto me,
beloved Walkman, please come to me,
forgone toothbrush, I thee call,
come hither toothpaste, rinse withal,
to my sore hand, come...

Oh, stuff it, I'll just have to buzz,
and call the lovely nightshift nurse.
after all she'll make no fuzz,
or won’t give me a scolding curse
. /End.

The photo was captured at Babalala picnic spot in the Kruger Park. To get the full story of the photo, please read my notes on my previous posting here.

A distinctive and well-known hornbill, the yellow bill making identification straightforward. A medium sized (55cm) insectivorous and frugivorous bird, having a heavy-looking, curved bill, with an ornamental casque on the upper mandible.

Status and range in the KNP
Common. A widespread resident species with fluctuating numbers.

Habitat & Habits
Favours dry savanna bush and mopane regions, and spends much time on the ground. Frequents camps and roadsides and could become very tame and tolerant of moving vehicles. They fly in a heavy, clumsy manner; an undulating flight interspersed with gliding.

Egg-laying: October – April. Nest in holes in trees and are well known for their practice of sealing the nest entrance with mud, faeces, etc. with the female inside tending to the eggs and chicks. During egg incubation and development of the small young the female moults her feathers and is temporarily flightless. At this time the male is the sole provider. Later the female breaks out of the nest, reseals it, and helps to feed the growing young.

"Wurk, wurk, wurk, wurk, wukak, wukak, wurk, wurk, wurk…" This gradually works up into a crescendo and then fades away.

Post Processing was done with Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0.

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LOL, what a note and what a strange bird. It looks positively prehistoric! Fantastic sharpness and detail. TFS!


Hello Loot,

Great notes. The is really a great photo. perfect details very crisp, nice clear saturated colors, the BG is top quaility. excllent exposure, nice quility photo. excellet job

TFs Kyle

great sharp pic, TFS Ori

Hi Loot,
Thanks for this great dedication, I really appreciate it.
Your words and poem are very nice and I will always keep it in my mind.
I hope to be with you as soon as possible.

The picture is also great; the colours are vivid and beautiful.
Exposure and details is spot on and the composition is very good.
The bird is well seen against the sky.
I wonder how it can sit on the branch with all these sharp spines.:-)
Beautiful work, my friend.

Magnificient shot Loot.Great composition, sharpness, very clean colours.Congratulation.

My friend

Another breathtaking photo from your hand and lens.
Well done!

An absolute perfect dedication. I do not know Gert but I am sure he will feel much honored about this gesture.

Everything on this photo is outstanding.
The blue, blue sky.
The patterns in the feathers.
The sharpness of the claws.

Your notes are interesting as usual, and if you have written the poem yourself, you have excelled yourself in that field to.

Gert, although I do not know you, I wish you all the best for the upcoming surgery. Remember what Loot said in his notes, that many Trek Nature members will be thinking of you, and will be waiting for your return.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-01-15 9:46]

Hi Loot.
BRAVO for your nice poetical note and outstanding bird picture.
Subject of your picture is really prefect. The branch with prickles is suitable to this bird perfectly as well as the rich blur sky to colours of the bird. The reproduction of the bird is outstanding: plumage, its colous, sharpness and details. The shot is composed perfectly too.

I am very interested in what shooting distance is.

My congratulations and TFS.

Very nice capture of this cool hornbill Loot, the blue sky background really helps punch this character right out of the picture with amazing colors & clarity. Very thoughtful of you to think of others. :)

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-01-15 10:03]

Hello Loot,
First great note, fantastic poem, I too wish to send best wishes for a speedy recovery to Gert. Now the capture, clear crisp details, great composition and background, he must be careful of his perch though. He looks like I feel some mornings, LOL.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-01-15 10:15]

Hello Loot,
Wonderful capture of this Hornbill, razor sharp showing details of plumage and beautiful colours. I love the low POV and the composition too.
So, we also have a poet among us! Excellent!
All the best, Gert!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hello Loot!
Well spoken....poor Gert I hope he recovers quickly and perfectly :)

The Hornbill is a primative look species of bird. He looks like he just came out of the Jurassic period. I love the detail, especially his feathers with such an interesting pattern. His bill is something to be taken seriously with it's massive size.

Framing, composition and notes are excellent and a bit funny too :)
TFS Janice

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-01-15 10:41]

Hello Loot,
Great to see the whole version of this hornbill and he seems to have changed the expression on his face in Gert's favour.
The photograph is of course of very high quality and leaves nothing negative to say about it.
The poem is also to be praised, as is Gert one of TN's standard bearers.
TFS this fine contribution.
Best wishes, Ivan

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer [C: 191 W: 0 N: 10] (173)
  • [2007-01-15 10:45]

merhaba Loot;
good photo selamlar

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  • jchemas Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 553 W: 30 N: 749] (3396)
  • [2007-01-15 11:05]
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Hello Loot.
I think that old age is getting to us.

I just got over a car accident last year and I end up having problems with one of my hips that got me out of circulation for almost a month and at the time that I got back, I find out that Gert Ellstrom is having problems again with his joins and having an operation on his wrist. I hope that is just getting out of the small stuff at the beginning and not that the all year is going to go like that. Let hope that Gert gets well and his wrist get better 100%. I will be wishing and praying for that.
Another great shot my friend with everything right and in place.
Great colors, details, composition and I love the angle of the bird and the coloration of the background.

The best to You and Your Family for this coming year my friend and plenty of heath and good thing.



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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-01-15 11:23]

Hello Loot,
Excellent capture,
Very good lighting, sharp and detailed image, very nice colours. TFS

Hi Loot,
Very good image indeed...
No critiques here...
Just wonderful.
Certainly a nice one for Gert.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-01-15 12:10]

Hi Loot,

WOW! Fantastic shot - so sharp - the details and colors are marvelous.


Hello Loot,
The full version of this Hornbill is equally delightful. Poised on a flimsy looking branch, it stands out majestically against the deep blue sky.
[A cloudless blue sky is the best BG ever; nobody can peck on it for defects :-)!]
Your message to Gert on behalf of all of us is a wonderful gesture on your part. Thanks. The poem is very amusing and will surely cheer Gert up during his ordeal.
Warm regards,

hi loot!
A very nice dedication to gert and
i wish him all luck with the operation
he will be back soon with great photos:)
A very nice photo to with great sharpness
and perfect exposed
fine coulors and very good composition

Firstly all the best to Gert, may he have a speedy recovery,
so he can - as this bird would say "Wurk, wurk, wurk, wurk, ...".

Loot you have taken a very advantagous PoV here... Meaning you stayed away from the other business end of this horny bird.
Great sharpness and detail and nicely offset against that immaculate background. And what a fine touch to find a fitting perch to this prickly bird! Tfs. Jay

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-01-15 14:23]

Hello Loot,
Magnificent capture again.POV,clear details,sharpness,BG,pose of bird,note and composition are wonderful.Have a great week!

Hello Loot.
This birds full of characteristic good looks :)
You've done an outstanding job of it mf.
Best wishes to Gert for a quick recovery.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-15 17:28]

Otra excelente imagen de esta ave con la consecuente vista completa del mismo Loot.
Me encanta al igual que en la otra la intensa iluminación bien controlada brindando detalles y texturas varias con gran colorido, todo a partir del excelente foco y agudeza captados.
Apropiados punto de vista y encuadre que armonizan aun más la estética de la presentación.
Mis mejores saludos... Ricardo

Another excellent image of this bird with the consequent complete view of same Loot.
I love the same as in the other one the well controlled intense illumination offering several details and textures with great colors, everything starting from the excellent focus and sharpness captured.
Suitable point of view and framing that harmonize even more the aesthetics of the presentation.
My best regards... Ricardo

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-01-15 18:39]

Excellente exposition et très bon détails.
Bravo cette prise est de grande qualité.

Hi Loot,
Excellent shot.
Superb sharpness and great details.
Nice blue sky for BG.

Ben Lakitan

Hi Loot

Wow... what is not to like here? Stunning shot. Everything looks spot on to me. A lovely tribute to Gert. We will all be thinking of him and sending our warm wishes for a speedy recovery. Thank you MF!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-01-16 2:21]
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Very impressive, Loot.
A wonderful composition showing the whole hornbill in an excellent POV.
The sharpness of your picture is only equalled by the sharpness of those formidable-looking thorns on the acacia (?) tree.
Again, perfect exposure of this interesting bird well shown against a perfect blue California sky. : )
Oops... Not California, you say?
TFS and hope you are keeping well, my friend.

Gert, we are all rooting for your speedy recovery.
Take care,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-01-16 3:34]

Hi Loot

This is a wonderful ppst and dedication to our dear friend Gert to whom i would also like to wish all the best and a "speedy recovery" (as you called it) :)
Another fantastic picture of this impressive hornbill!
I personally like this one a bit better that the previous. I really don't know why, but i think it's a bit more balanced :)
Anyway, the sharpness here is one of the key elements to me and is simple impeccable...falwless!
The details seem to habe sub-details and could go on and one to a huge magnification and still be razor-sharp.
I also love the splendid colors everywhere - on the feathers, on the big and impressive beak and, of course, on the spotless blue sky in the BG.
The composition is a splendor and the note great, too.

BRAVO, my friend, and TFS

Hello Loot,
This POV is very impressive! I like the way you composed this picture and those superb details you caught. This blue sky, colors of the bird, saturation and sharpness are excellent. Most of all, I really had a great time reading these poetics notes. This is a nice attention for Gert. Beautiful post and TFS,

Hi Loot,
Wonderful capture of this Hornbill, razor sharp showing details of plumage and beautiful colours. I love the low POV and the composition too.


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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2007-01-16 12:37]

Hello Loot,

What a great dedicace for Gert you are offering us here!!! Colors are wonderful and the details, awesome!!! Exposition, natural colors, pov, and bg (great nice blue sky) cannot be better!!! The only thing IMHO is that you cropped a little bit too much... I would have let more space between the frame and the tail...

Anyway, this picture is wonderful and TFS,


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  • Dyker Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 136 W: 0 N: 57] (170)
  • [2007-01-16 17:37]

Hello Loot
Wragtig pragtig.
It is a nice dedication and note for Gert. I do too wish him a 'speedy recovery'.
Your hornbill is exceptional. Very good composition and POV. I like the strong colours of the bird and the perfect blue background. Nice work.

Hello Loot,
A really long bird you captured brillian against the blue sky!
You managed so well the composition to get the whole bird into.
Great the illumination and the POV.
This is a very good picture, thanks for share and best regards,

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  • marty Silver Star Critiquer [C: 22 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-16 20:47]

pov *****
BG/dof *****
Exp *****
difficulty ***?
Sharp *****
Note ***
subject *****

Hi Loot,
A wonderful dedication from a great photographer, that knows about surgery and recovery, to a great photograher. I hope that you and Gert will both recover to a full 100% health.

This is an awesome photo with such great details and such great clear colors. The details in its head are just amazing. The bright blue sky is beautiful as well. I think this is taken with pretty harsh daylight, so I am very impressed with the control on the exposure.

:) tomorrow

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-01-17 5:25]

Hola Loot, un ave muy original, una escena maravillosa, buenos detalles y perfecto encuadre, gran trabajo... saludos TFS

Bonjour Lott
Formidable prise de vue Les couleurs sont superbes et les contraste très bien réussi. La présentation est de toute beauté avec ce magnifique ciel comme Bg
Merci et au revoir....JP

Hello Loot,
Sharp and crystal clear from head to tail tip; a wonderful achievement on this medium size bird. Exact color saturation and exposure. Congratulations and tfs this masterpiece.

Hi, Loot.
And whole size shot is also great. Excellent exposure and sharpness. Very nice against clean blue sky. Good POV and compsition also.
And a lot of nice reading on the right side also.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-01-17 15:30]

Hi Loot,
wow what a regal looking bird, or is it the perspective, with having to look up at this hornbill.
In any case this looks fabulous, the plumage is very detailed and whites are perfectly exposed.
Great sharpness, and not only the thorns ;-). Love the fact that there is no other distraction, seeing this bird against the blue sky is wonderful.
Great composition with fabulous colors.


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  • dkaved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
  • [2007-01-17 15:41]

Hi Loot,
This one is just as good if not better than the last.Fantastic detail with such clear features and beautiful deep colours.Nice ly composed with in the frame on its perch.A pleasure to see that you added your images to my theme of "Wildlife of Africa".TFS and a good evening.
Regards, David

A stunning capture full of fine detail. Superb photography.

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  • whjb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 51 W: 26 N: 172] (683)
  • [2007-01-18 10:33]

Hi Loot,

Unfair, you take a common hornbill and you turn it into a super model. In the mean time I have hundreds of hornbill photos, none worth posting. I suppose the photographer has something to do with it.

Stem saam met AC, wragtig pragtig.


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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2007-01-18 23:05]

Hi Loot!
You can post many pictures of this bird ald we well love all! Excellent capture! He looks like Jurassic!

Hi Loot ,
excellent focus and amazing colors.
it is clean and lighting.
great sharpness and well composition.
it is lovely.
thanks for sharing.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-01-20 3:08]

Hi Loot,
Once again, the right image for the message. Branch, thorns, gesture, pose, sky and poem blend smoothly in the desire of a success recover for our great TN friend.
I do mine Loot's wishes Gert.
José M.

Hi Loot,
A spectacular close up of this strange bird. A excellen t note and poem dedicated to Gert. the pic has a very good definition, colors and light, very well done my friend! Take care.

PD: I´m sorry my English is poor, sometimes the reason for a short and few words note. ;)

Hello Loot,
as brilliant as the portrait, the whole figure looks majestical. The image is super sharp, colours are brilliant, and the very clean blue background does a perfect job to highlight the bizarre contours of the bird and the thorny branch. A great composition of just two precisely presented elements creates a high impact. Excellent work, my dear friend.
I would say "Great, grreat grrreat..." up into a crescendo, not fading away. :)
Thank you! Best regards,

Hi Loot,
When you are as far behind as I am and coming in last on this critique, over here we call it sucking hind tit. Not a very flattering analogy! So I apologise for being so tardy.

A perfect exposure! The color and detail in the whites of the plumage are simply perfect. The vibrant blue sky backround is amazing. Superb frame filling composition and placement within the photo. An amazing shot and dedication to a well deserving member.

Great photography is all about light and composition. The subject is somewhat important, but dramatic light and composition can make even plain objects into interesting photographs. You Sir, undertstand this and practice it to the fullest.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-01-21 12:35]

Hi Loot

Great shot - what a fabulous bird. Stunning sharp details with all the feather details clearly visible. Lovely composition and a great blue BG to set him off. Wonderful colours. Lovely note



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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-21 21:06]

Hello Loot

This bird has such character.The colours are well saturated and the brilliant blue sky is wonderful.The POV and DOF are excellent.The details are sharp and the plumage shows so well.Textbook quailty.TFS


Hi Loot,
wow - that's realy fantastic, I love this impressive bird, the brilliant colours and the sharpness. Excellent work, very well done, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Stunning image, fantastic color. Well done! Great location you have!

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-02-18 21:55]

Hi Loot!
I hope everything went well with Gert,
interesting but not very handsome bird, sharp details perfect contrasts and I like the deep blue sky BG it makes the bird stand out more.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2007-05-02 11:01]

wauw Loot,
this is a fantastic shot, the pov is great, the quality is great, the contrast is good, this is a masterpiece, with my compliments Loot, Have a fine day.
gr. jaap

Great shot! Sharply focussed eyes and good POV. The colours are nice too. Good work.

Excellent picture of a beautiful bird. I love the contrast between its black and white feathers. Great composition and wonderful sharpness and detail.
Thanks for sharing.

Hi Loot
Vir hierdie een gaan ek nie sommer koppie krap of my vinger gee nie! - die kleure van hierdie voel se vlerke is ongelooflik! Ek glo nie hy is so sag soos hy lyk nie. Mooi Loot

Hallo Loot
What a wonderful shot. You have managed to capture this beautiful hornbill with its yellow beak in a lovely pose, displaying the feathers well. The splendour of the plumage is displayed with great clarity. A beautiful perspective, with sharp details and focus. Really an amazing image and a super dedication to a well known fellow member. Thanks for sharing this impressive bird with us.

Hi Loot. Wow! Can you get beter focus. I think not. Very good capture, wonderfuly framed. I love the great amount of detail and all against a rich blue sky. Fabulous presentation. TFS Trevor

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