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Red-billed hornbill's nest plundered by a gymnogene


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This also happened in March, this year, at Selinda, but on another red-billed hornbill’s nest.

 

When I arrived, this subadult african harrier-hawk was, I think, just finishing its work of destruction and plundering. The red-billed hornbill was vainly trying to chase it away. Eventually, the gymnogene moved to another tree.

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Incredible shots of the bird. Love that shot with the hornbill above the gymnogene. I couldn't quite see - Was it destroying the hornbill's nest?

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@@Kitsafari

 

The raptor is trying to catch the chicks and perhaps also the female if it still inside. Doing this, it destroys the nest at the same time.

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Another incredible series! Great photography like this in a situation where there is no time for preperation is one of the things that set the really good apart from wannabes like me.

 

Funny, when you mentioned the occurrence in your previous thread, i wondered if a Gymnogene was the responsible party...

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Very cool! The photo series are a great story.

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excellent behavioural sequence.

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@@Peter Connan

 

When I mentioned raptor in my previous thread, there was no alternative to gymnogene. It's the only one that is able to do that.

 

And you are definitely not a wannabe!

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I have heard of Long-crested eagle robbing hard-to-get-to nests too? Although the specific instance was not a Hornbill nest.

 

Thanks for the compliment, but I bugger up opportunities completely on a distressingly regular basis.

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@@Bush dog,

I only happened upon your sequence today, but they are amazing photographs! You really used the opportunity well!

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Gymnogene's like robbing nests

I recently saw a similar series of photos of one plundering a Lilac Breasted Roller's nest.

 

terrific series of photos @@Bush dog

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