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Yellow-billed Hornbill

Yellow-billed Hornbill
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5099 W: 166 N: 13042] (48618)
Genre: Animals
Média: Couleur
Date de prise de vue: 2005-07-29
Catégories: Birds
Appareil photographique: Nikon D70, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposition: f/5.6, 1/320 secondes
More Photo Info: [view]
Versions: version originale
Thème(s): Birds of Africa [view contributor(s)]
Date de soumission: 2008-12-31 3:33
Vue: 4620
Points: 72
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A photo from the archive of South Africa. Taken in the Kruger NP.

The Yellow-billed Hornbill is a common resident in South Africa. They are commonly seen in scrub and dry woodland areas.

The Yellow-billed Hornbill 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. White belly, grey neck, and black back with abundant white spots and stripes.


Tockus leucomelas

length between 48 to 60 cm.

Southern to northeastern Africa.

Diet Description:
The Yellow-billed Hornbill 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.

Dry thorn fields and broad leafed woodlands.

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.

I wish everybody all the best for 2009.

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Ciao Peter, superb portrait, great colors, perfect focus, fine details and splendid sharpness,
I like a lot

Hello peter,
The Yellow-billed Hornbill is a very strange bird. Well done.
Happy new year.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-12-31 3:58]

Hi Peter.
I am very here to b net to you in last day of the Year. My kind wishes to you in New Year too. And thanks for so nice picture of the cutest bird. Superb POV and framing of the bird. I like wonderful rich colours of the plumage and other attractive details of the model. Neutral BG also is amazing. My best regards and TFS.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2008-12-31 4:01]

Hello Peter,
A splendid close-up of an impressive Hornbill perfectly in focus. Exxcellent sharpness and colours and well framed.
TFS and Happy New Year to you to! Kind regards, Ulla

hi peter, amazing close up! i also saw many yellow-billed hornbills in namibia, but this one looks like a really big and old one! the details ar superb and the colors very natural. well done. tfs and happy new year!

hello Peter

very nice picture
i like the sharping and the colors
greeting lou

and a Happy New Year

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-12-31 4:25]

Hi Peter. Firstly A happy new year to you and your family.
This is a first class close up of the Hornbill. Your sharp focusing has given fine detail with bright colours. With such a bright large eye. well done TFS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5042 W: 260 N: 15594] (50624)
  • [2008-12-31 4:26]

Hello Peter,
A superb close portrait of a Yellow-billed Hornbill taken from your archives. The pose, POV, BG technical qualities and composition all contribute to a top class image, a nice one to end the year with!
TFS and best wishes to you for 2009!

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  • Rosa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 56 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-12-31 4:44]

Hello Peter,
stunning image, great POV.
The colours are fantastic,
Happy New Year 2009

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-12-31 5:38]

Hello Peter,
A lovely clear shot. Nice POV. Very good depth of colour. Light is excellent. Greeting work.
Have a great New Year 2009.
Best regards Siggi

Hallo Peter,

Was net bezig alle reacties nog even bij langs te gaan.

Prachtige close up van deze Neushoornvogel neem ik aan?
Erg goed gedetaileerde tekening in de veren.
Prima plaat.

Wens je ook een goede jaarwisseling toe.


Stunning portrait of this resident of Kruger NP, Peter.
What an impressive personality this Hornbill has!
Well done and thanks for sharing this great picture.
Wish you your family a Happy 2009!


Hello Peter,

Superb portrait of this bird. Excellent focus and great colours.
Beste wensen voor het nieuwe jaar!

Hi Peter,
this looks like an abstract painting - what a crazy bird, your shot is wonderful.
So close, so many details, very well done, thanks.
All the best for 2009, groetjes
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-12-31 7:05]

Hi Peter,
Wonderful portrait of this hornbill.POV,pose of bird,expression on face and framing are excellent.
Happy New Year and thanks for posting.

Hi my dear friend Peter,
Wonderful portrait capture of this beautiful hornbill. The details and sharpness wonderful.
TFS this fine image.
i also wish you a great New Year in 2009 MF!

hello Peter

superb portrait shot of the Yellow-billed Hornbill
with his expressive pose and glance, fine POV and framing
of the image, excellent sharpness and details of the plumage, TFS

Happy and Healthy Year 2009


Hello Peter.

Excellent image portrait,nice composition and colors.
Very good details.

Happy new year.
Jose Luis.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-12-31 12:07]

Hi Peter,

I'm surprised you kept this wonderful Hornbill portrait hidden from us for all these months. The eye, beak and feathers are magnificent in super fine detail. The yellow beak and eye, the read throat, and the black and white feathers are excellent. Background and composition are superb. Happy New Year and I look forward to your posts in 2009.


great composition , beautiful colours and sharp,
Happy New Year!

Hello peter,
How, hox how, excellent!!!!!! Congratulations for this portrait!
Happy new year 2009.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-12-31 18:41]

Hello Peter,
Happy New Year Peter to you and yours. Splendid portrait of this species, you have obtained great details and colors in the plumage and bill.

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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2008-12-31 19:02]

Hi Peter
Great portrait shot full of fine details and nice color tones.
Happy new year. tfs jon

Hello Peter,
Als ik aan Kruger terugdenk of beter als ik aan een vogel uit Kruger denk dan is het wel aan de Southern yellow-billed Hornbill.
In Namibia heb ik deze vogel enkele gespot maar beduidend minder dan in Kruger. In Namibia vooral in het meer norrdelijk gedeelte van mijn trip zoals Etosha. Maar slechts enkele keren..
Nogmaals een Gelukkig 2009 voor jouw en je familie..

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2009-01-01 9:06]

Hello Peter
What an excellent portrait of this curious bird! I like a lot the colors and the pose of its head, as well as the framing and composition. You seem to have a very interesting archive.
Thank you very much for sharing it.
Best regards

  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
  • [2009-01-01 9:58]

Hello Peter!

Happy New Year to you!

Great close-up with very nice POV. I like slighty turned head and of course big yellow beak. Not very big bird, but for sure it looks dangerous.


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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 487 W: 0 N: 565] (4417)
  • [2009-01-01 13:52]

Helo Peter
Nice capture of this wonderful bird, excelent colors and details, the composition is very natural.
Congratulations and Happy New Year

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2009-01-01 14:27]

Hi Peter,
a very good shot of this Hornbill.
Nice colours.
Superb composition.
Great DOF.

Well done and Happy New Year!


Hello Peter

A lovely portrait of this unique looking bird.
The details and focus are sharp.
Very good POV and DOF.
Fantastic eye contact.
Well saturated colours.


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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2009-01-03 3:10]

Dear Peter
I came across your opening page perhaps after a long long time and your surprise me...I always thought you to be associated with a profession that is related to zoology and wildlife. Your wide array of birds especially from Africa have been amazing.The variety has been countless....And this Yello Billed Hornbill is one of typical Kruger specimens. Nicely captured portrait where the bird's eye seem to convey a lot of emotions.
Thank you for sharing your works with us and I look forward to more in 2009.
A healthy and peaceful New Year to you and family

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2009-01-03 4:13]

Hi Peter,
What a nice portrait.I liked details,crisp clear eyes and DOF a lot.


Very nice close up pic that is tightly composed. I like that as it shows good detail and the image is clear, sharp and detialed. The BG is OOF and makes for a great pic.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2009-01-08 3:32]

Bonjour Peter,

Bravo pour ce gros plan. Les couleurs sont justes et les détails sont parfaits.
Merci pour le partage et bonne année.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-01-13 23:55]

Hola Peter,
precioso retrato y pov,
buen foco color y contacto visual...
magnífico encuadre,

Excelente retrato Peter.
Como muchas de tus fotografías se agradece la poca manipulación mediante programas. Gran naturalidad del conjunto y unos colores muy bien reflejados.

Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

Hi Peter,

Beautiful mugshot of this hornbill. Fine details and the plumage is very well seen. I like the shallow depth and the framing of this close shot.

TFS and best regards,

hello peter!
A very nice portrait on this great bird!
sharp and fine composed
well done!

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