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Good morning... Thank you to everyone of you for the tremendous support of my Leopard upload. ALSO A HUGE THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE ...Fred, Nigel, Graham, Kathryn, Brian (65) , Jean-Noel and Jenny (D) for their UA's, I was bowled over.

Today a SOUTHERN YELLOW BILLED HORNBILL (Tachus leucomelas) ..nicknamed The flying banana. They are a medium sized bird made famous by The Lion King where it is used as a character named Zazu.
They are omnivorous and are found where there is scrub and acacia woodland. They eat insects, bird chicks, frogs, chameleons, ants, termites ...the list goes on.
They are monogamous, in courtship the male feeds the female small bits of food for up to a month before mating. They then seek a suitable tree, make a nest with leaves and bark. When the nest is ready the female will enter the nest to lay her eggs. She then closes the hole with her faeces leaving a small slit in the entrance for her partner to feed her while she incubates her eggs.
There was a huge grass fire in the Kruger national park the afternoon I took this and had completely taken all the colour out of the sky.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D5100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:70-300mm f/4-5.6 G
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:9 Jun 2013 - 3:41 PM
Focal Length:210mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.8
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/800sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:The Flying banana
Username:ColleenA ColleenA
Uploaded:18 Jun 2013 - 5:21 AM
Tags:Birds, Wildlife / nature, Yellow billed hornbill
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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
18 Jun 2013 - 5:38 AM

Greetings from a berg wind lambasted Swellendam Colleen !! After yesterday's 4C it is a warm 16 C this morning, courtesy the berg windSmile I just love this bird - had one as a pet growing up on a farm north of Bela Bela Smile It is my favourite bird from Africa and your image of it is perfect !!

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S_Psharma
S_Psharma  2 India1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2013 - 5:42 AM

Stunning capture.

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Mrsbass
Mrsbass  1 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2013 - 6:00 AM

Superb capture Colleen - the composition is fantastic and I like the background, what an interesting looking bird and I can see where they got their nickname from !!

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Dave_Henderson
Dave_Henderson e2 Member 961 forum postsDave_Henderson vcard United Kingdom
18 Jun 2013 - 6:11 AM

Outstanding Colleen, good composition, non distracting background and some nice detail.

Dave

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kathrynlouise
kathrynlouise e2 Member 2367 forum postskathrynlouise vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2013 - 6:24 AM

A stunning image Colleen. The title made me smile Grin
lovely write up to accompany it.
Any more big cats to come?!

Kathryn

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7130 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2013 - 6:26 AM

A most handsome bird, Colleen, and very aptly named Smile. Very well captured and presented. Carol

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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2198 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2013 - 6:37 AM

Yes Kathryn I will upload more cats soon

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HarrietH
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18 Jun 2013 - 7:06 AM

A wonderful flying banana. Thanks for the description Carol. Fascinating bird in a fascinating country.
I agree with Kathryn, more big cats and scarface please. I hope that he will have found his place in the world the next time you sight him.

Harriet

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Caziwinkles
18 Jun 2013 - 7:08 AM

Excellent Colleen - brilliant photo and interesting narrative too. These shots are all fab! Smile

Carol

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ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2474 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2013 - 7:23 AM

cracking shot of this lovely bird,

Ali

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anglingandyq
18 Jun 2013 - 7:35 AM

Super capture with good detail Colleen Smile

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User_Removed
18 Jun 2013 - 7:50 AM

Excellent detailed capture, great title as well. Smile

Lucien.

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widtink
widtink  2406 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2013 - 8:01 AM

Cracking image Colleen . Weird but beautiful looking bird Grin

Rod

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morpheus1955
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18 Jun 2013 - 8:12 AM

Cracking shot, excellent detail and colours

Hugh

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Nigeve1
Nigeve1 e2 Member 1780 forum postsNigeve1 vcard United Kingdom88 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2013 - 8:14 AM

Superb capture and composition, great bird.
Nigel

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Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
18 Jun 2013 - 8:22 AM

Excellent capture Colleen and a super composition,
Fred.

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114521 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2013 - 8:36 AM

Don't see many of these on our bird tables......Wink

Ade

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Nikonuser1
Nikonuser1 e2 Member 2Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom9 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2013 - 8:39 AM

A super image Colleen, great comp, great looking birdSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile


Cliff

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pollisher
pollisher  1 Scotland
18 Jun 2013 - 8:40 AM

Fantastic image of the wacky banana bird. Smile

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User_Removed
18 Jun 2013 - 8:46 AM

A super capture Colleen.
Regards, Alf.

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Fefe
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18 Jun 2013 - 9:03 AM

Lovely shot of a flying bananaGrinGrin
Diane

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digital_boi
18 Jun 2013 - 9:14 AM

fine capture Colleen good position n frame with fine detail keep up the good work

Graham

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41056 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England136 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2013 - 9:16 AM

The composition is spot on, Colleen, and the lighting is bright but diffused. A very nice capture.

Dave

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 95919 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2013 - 9:43 AM

Top shot of a magnificent bird Colleen

A very interesting narrative too

Adrian

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2013 - 9:44 AM

This could well be an illustration in a nature book. The bird is well positioned with lots of space to look into and the detail is excellent.
Joan.

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Lynniesefforts
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18 Jun 2013 - 9:45 AM

What a beautiful looking bird, he looks like an old soul !!

Fantastic capture, and wonderful series, i hope you are going to be there for a little while longer...lol
Also I think the washed out colour of the sky sets this off this bird perfectly..

LynetteGrin

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Tish1
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18 Jun 2013 - 9:54 AM

This is a bit brilliant, possibly because there is no colour in the sky, all the focus is on the bird and because there is no colour in the sky there is no restriction to his gaze...................... It's a great composition Colleen, colour or no colour it stands out.

Tish

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marshfam19
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18 Jun 2013 - 11:16 AM

Great beak, well captured.

Mary

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AngelaSeager
18 Jun 2013 - 11:43 AM

Brilliant clarity and composition....Kind regards Angela

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boov
boov  1 United Kingdom
18 Jun 2013 - 11:48 AM

Great take

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 4Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2013 - 11:49 AM

Fantastic image and great narrative about the bird's habits.
I worked in a Disney Store when The Lion King came out on film.
Beautiful sharp image.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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Rende
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18 Jun 2013 - 12:12 PM

Beautifully detailed capture Colleen.
Rende

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richmowil
richmowil e2 Member 5259 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2013 - 12:42 PM

Stunning Image!!

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Stephen_B
Stephen_B e2 Member 8Stephen_B vcard United Kingdom
18 Jun 2013 - 1:03 PM

Great composition Colleen - lovely balnce of subject and space

Steve

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Quoise
Quoise e2 Member 1264 forum postsQuoise vcard United Kingdom
18 Jun 2013 - 1:26 PM

Superb capture

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jdinne
jdinne  11 England
18 Jun 2013 - 2:46 PM

Stunning Colleen, the bush fire has led to some lovely light and in this instance made a great bg.

John

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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2013 - 2:56 PM

Does look rather a banana it's trying to eat! Wink A beautiful bird, and excellently captured here, Colleen, love it Smile
Trev Smile

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kuvailija
kuvailija e2 Member 2kuvailija vcard Finland
18 Jun 2013 - 3:29 PM

Yes,a perfect image,as Herman wrote. That`s about all.- The sharpness though is super perfect! GrinSmileGrinSmileGrinSmile ----- Jukka.

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2013 - 3:34 PM

He has an astonishingly HUGE beak! so well togged!

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GeorgePlatis
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18 Jun 2013 - 4:10 PM

Stunning capture!
George

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brian17302
brian17302 e2 Member 2brian17302 vcard United Kingdom11 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2013 - 4:12 PM

Wonderful Hornbill capture & super narrative Colleen
Regards Brian

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johnlw
johnlw e2 Member 7johnlw vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2013 - 4:19 PM

Stunning presentation Colleen and thanks for all the info. Pleased you mentioned the lion king
As I couldn't remember we're I had seen the bird.lovely image and thanks again.
Regards John.

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JuBarney
JuBarney e2 Member 3JuBarney vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2013 - 5:06 PM

A super detailed shot
Ju

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BIGRY1
BIGRY1 e2 Member 2BIGRY1 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2013 - 5:59 PM

A fine capture, the detail and clarity are spot on!WinkGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ryan

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Trev_B
Trev_B e2 Member 7110 forum postsTrev_B vcard England64 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2013 - 6:11 PM

Well done Colleen a great write up and a cracking image, well done.

Trev

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xwang
xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2013 - 6:26 PM

Beautiful shot,excellent clarity and colour..

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capto
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18 Jun 2013 - 6:26 PM

That's really good and I love the title.Smile

ivor

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netta1234
netta1234 e2 Member 2189 forum postsnetta1234 vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2013 - 6:34 PM

An excellent imageSmile
NettaSmile

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Jenny-D
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18 Jun 2013 - 7:02 PM

Very interesting write up Colleen and a fabulous capture of this lovely bird.

Jenny Smile

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Mike_Smith
Mike_Smith e2 Member 7126 forum postsMike_Smith vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2013 - 7:15 PM

Love the title Flying Banana, cracking image and nice write up

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Brian65
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18 Jun 2013 - 7:56 PM

Again a wonderful image Colleen, great work.
Brian

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mauriceegan
18 Jun 2013 - 8:15 PM

Stunning image Colleen, the detail and sharpness make this image exceptional
Maurice

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sweetpea62
sweetpea62 e2 Member 4sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2013 - 9:00 PM

What a superb capture Colleen..Lin

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Holmewood
Holmewood e2 Member 1Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
18 Jun 2013 - 10:09 PM

Amazing photo and love the write up. I am learning so much on this site Colleen. Cathy

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LuDa
LuDa  1 United States
19 Jun 2013 - 12:56 AM

Hi Colleen, you always have very good photos, this is a superb captureSmileSmile
Best regards,
LuDa

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gallero
gallero e2 Member 3gallero vcard Venezuela
19 Jun 2013 - 1:20 PM

Maravillosa fotografía.

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ValeryAst
ValeryAst  2 Russian Federation
20 Jun 2013 - 7:27 AM

Two bananas!Wink
Regards Valery

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3188 forum postsannettep38 vcard France32 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jun 2013 - 9:58 AM

one of your very best.. certainly your best wildlife shot!!

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chalkhillblue
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24 Jun 2013 - 8:47 PM

Excellent capture, very well composed, lovely detail.
David

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hermless
hermless  1 Scotland
25 Jun 2013 - 10:35 PM

Superb image. pin sharp ,great pose and well composed. thanks for this.

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30 Jun 2013 - 12:00 AM

A cracking shot of this wierd looking bird

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