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Just to get the ball rolling

 

A Southern Yellow Billed Hornbill, photographed in Madikwe GR

 

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Another Southern Yellow Billed Hornbill in Madikwe

 

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A Southern Ground Hornbill in Moremi, Botswana

 

bucorvus leadbeateri

 

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Rainbirder

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Black and White Casqued Hornbills in Kakamega forest.

 

 

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Silvery-cheeked Hornbill, Mount Kenya.

 

 

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Trumpeter Hornbill male, Shimba Hills, Kenya.

 

 

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Southern Ground Hornbill, Maasai Mara, Kenya.

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michael-ibk

Stunning as usual, @@Rainbirder .

 

We definitely have seen far too few pictures by you these last few months. :(

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SSF556

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Wild Dogger

Lebala, Botswana

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Tom Kellie

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Lake Baringo Tockus erythrorhynchus
Photographed at 3:21 pm on 9 February, 2014 at Lake Baringo, Kenya, using an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens.
ISO 800, 1/1000 sec., f/4.5, 400mm focal length, handheld Manual exposure.
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The boat ride on Lake Baringo was for the express purpose of observing water birds in their profusion. The flooded lakeshore resulted in dead trees standing up from the water surface.
Several dozen meters offshore this Tockus erythrorhynchus, Red-billed Hornbill, was perched in a tree with green foliage despite having flooded roots.

 

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Tom Kellie

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Breakfast Visitor
Photographed at 7:56 am on 11 February, 2014 near Amboseli National Park, Kenya, using an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens.
ISO 800, 1/1000 sec., f/5.6, 400mm focal length, handheld Manual exposure.
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After breakfast at a small tented camp not far from the Kimana Gate of Amboseli National Park a visitor flew in and perched on the dining enclosure railing.
The hornbill wasn't saucy, but was confident, looking at the photographer without rancor or disdain. Soon it flew off, a morsel in its bill — a happy breakfast for all!

 

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Peter Connan

Beautiful Tom!

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Tom Kellie

Beautiful Tom!

 

~ @@Peter Connan

 

Thank you!

Surprisingly enough, out of all the hornbills I've ever seen in Africa, this is one of two which I very specifically recall with clarity.

The other was in Samburu Nature Reserve.

I'm somewhat fond of hornbills. They may be ungainly at times but there's a confidence about them which I admire.

Tom K.

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Peter Connan

I agree Tom, they are wonderfully characterful!

 

This is from my first trip to Botswana in 2010. Arriving back in camp from a game drive, we had scarcely stopped when this chap hopped onto my car.

 

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(and now you can also see just how bad my photography was five years ago...)

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Tom Kellie

I agree Tom, they are wonderfully characterful!

 

This is from my first trip to Botswana in 2010. Arriving back in camp from a game drive, we had scarcely stopped when this chap hopped onto my car.

 

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(and now you can also see just how bad my photography was five years ago...)

 

~ @@Peter Connan

 

I don't know how I missed this. Nevertheless, it was a pleasure to see it this evening.

This is the first image I've ever seen of a hornbill on vehicle.

They're certainly not the most reticent of bird species, are they?

Cheeky, sassy, utterly insouciant.

It's a humorous and offbeat image.

Thanks for posting it!

Tom K.

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Tom Kellie

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Red-billed Hornbill on a Painted Wall



~ Photographed on 22 July, 2015 at 3:20 pm in Samburu National Reserve, Kenya, with an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens.



ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/400 sec., 400mm focal length, handheld Manual exposure.



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Outside the entrance of Samburu National Reserve stands a plastered wall, painted with the distinctive pattern and coloration of the Reticulated Giraffe living in Samburu.



A Red-billed Hornbill was perched on the wall. It cocked its head one way, then another, peering downward, ostensibly in search of prey. It paid my camera lens little heed.



Samburu's Red-billed Hornbills tend to be less gregarious than their cousins, the Eastern Yellow-billed Hornbills. They are nonetheless highly enjoyable to observe.


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Tom Kellie

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Dining Room Hostess Trainee



~ Photographed on 23 July, 2015 at 12:21 pm in Samburu National Reserve, Kenya, with a Sony RX1 R camera.



ISO 100, f/8, 1/125 sec., 35mm focal length, handheld Automatic exposure.



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After returning from the highly productive morning game drive in Buffalo Springs, featuring an extended leopard sighting, we went to the Samburu Sopa dining room for lunch.



What was this? A trainee hostess on duty? Instead of “Gentlemen, it's a serve yourself buffet”, a confident Red-billed Hornbill was perched on the back of a chair at the entrance.




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Game Warden

Please include tech specs, when and where taken and any other pertinent details.

The Bucorvus leadbeateri is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN redlist.

Justification:
Habitat destruction and persecution are estimated to have caused very rapid population declines in South Africa and there are anecdotal reports that they have caused declines in other range countries. There is a high probability that such threats and subsequent declines will continue into the future, and as such this qualifies as Vulnerable.


This leads on from @@Soukous's Show us your hornbills topic...

 

I'll start: somewhere in Kruger back in 2008. Taken with a little point and shoot digital compact.

 

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Game Warden

Let's search our HDs for some Southern ground-hornbills...

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KiwiGran

Taken at Tydon (Umkumbe land, Sabi Sand) June 2014. There were 2 pairs and 2 juveniles. We also had sightings at Shindzela and in Kruger.

Taken with a Canon SX170IS digital camera.

 

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Bugs

You know what stood out in the last road trip we did... we saw ground hornbill everywhere we visited. Kruger, Gona-re-Zhou, Liwonde, Niassa, and Gorongosa - loads of them... Very encouraging.

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Soukous

Botswana 1990 something

 

Okavango - Shinde concession

 

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Game Warden

I think there are some worthy additions which can be added to this topic, @MrB;)

 

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Game Warden

I decided to merge 2 similar topics, for this to include all hornbills. So what images have you got on your hard drives to share?

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MrB

Ok As I have learned - von der Decken's hornbill a Male and a Female:

 

Ruaha August 2015.

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MrB

The Southern Ground Hornbill always run away from me. I tend to get all my pictures from behind. This one is a little bit better.

 

Ruaha 2015

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MrB

The Yellow Billed Hornbill. Savuti, Botswana 2012

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And here from Kruger Park 2013

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