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GOOD MORNING....
Thanks for the wonderful support with yesterdays zebras and to Peter (DDodlefin) Myra (Myrab),Carol (Caziwinkles) and lastly Kathryn (kathrynlouise) for their UA's, all much appreciated.
We have an abundance of birdlife at the game lodge but have never had a decent zoom to get good images. I have invested in a Sigma 150-500 zoom for our trip in March. Cannot believe how heavy it is, almost a kg. will have to take my mono pod to rest it on in the game vehicle otherwise I will have camera shake.
The Southern yellow horn bill is found where there is scrub and acacia woodland. They eat insects, bird chicks,frogs , chameleons, ants and termites
They are monogamous, in courtship the male feeds the female small bits of food for up to a month before mating. When the nest is ready the female enters and lays her eggs. She then closes the hole with her faeces leaving a small slit in the entrance for the male to feed her while she incubates her eggs.
They are also known by the locals as flying bananas because of their huge beak.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D5100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:70-300mm f/4-5.6 G
Recording media:RAW (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:Yellow billed horn bill
Username:ColleenA ColleenA
Uploaded:28 Jan 2014 - 5:41 AM
Tags:Southern yellow horn bill, Wildlife / nature
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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2014 - 5:48 AM

A fascinating looking beast portrayed here and a fascinating commentary too.

Lynniesefforts
Lynniesefforts e2 Member 3Lynniesefforts vcard Australia
28 Jan 2014 - 5:57 AM

What an interesting looking one this is !! Informative write up... wonderful images Colleen, I like this chappy..

Lynette Grin

KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84282 forum postsKarenFB vcard England163 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2014 - 6:07 AM

Three brilliant captures.

lesliea
lesliea e2 Member 4lesliea vcard Australia
28 Jan 2014 - 6:14 AM

What a great looking bird it looks like something out of the Flintstones very nice images well captured Colleen.
Allen, Smile Wink

781969
781969  1 India
28 Jan 2014 - 6:25 AM

well captured action.

Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 6101 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2014 - 6:39 AM

Superb shots Colleen and another fantastic bit of African wildlife. Hop you enjoy the new lens, I think we will.Wink

Andy

andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2014 - 7:03 AM

wonderful trio of captures colleen brilliant detail super colours and tones v1 for me today a cracker nice one Wink
andy

Caziwinkles
28 Jan 2014 - 7:05 AM

Superb shots Colleen. I too have the Sigma 150-500 lens and it is indeed VERY heavy! Look forward to seeing your images with it. Smile

Carol

Mike_Young
28 Jan 2014 - 7:10 AM

Three beautiful shots Colleen, this is a super bird, so full of character. V1 is the definite leader, the light is lovely.

mistere
mistere e2 Member 1mistere vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2014 - 7:24 AM

Super captures, what an odd creature.

Dave

senn
senn e2 Member 3senn vcard Belgium1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2014 - 7:33 AM

three perfectly timed takes, .. I like V1 a bit more

Last Modified By senn at 28 Jan 2014 - 7:34 AM
fentiger
fentiger e2 Member 13915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2014 - 7:43 AM

A fierce looking fellow and you have led with the best one.

Albert

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104023 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2014 - 7:45 AM

Fabulous set...like v2 for the almost 3D effect Smile

Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
28 Jan 2014 - 8:11 AM

V1 my favourite in this fine set Colleen,
Fred.

Fred263
Fred263 e2 Member 2Fred263 vcard United Kingdom
28 Jan 2014 - 8:27 AM

Great images of a fascinating bird, Colleen. V2 reminds me of a cartoon character in the Flintstones.

Fred

barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2014 - 8:42 AM

I can see you are going to have fun with that lens

DicksPics
DicksPics e2 Member 3DicksPics vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2014 - 8:46 AM

What a beautiful bird, Colleen - looks like it could be from another world!
Enjoy your new lens!Smile
Richard

Nikonuser1
Nikonuser1 e2 Member 2Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom9 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2014 - 8:55 AM

A super looking Bird Colleen, 3 great imagesSmile


Cliff

Mollycat
Mollycat e2 Member 1Mollycat vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2014 - 8:55 AM

Formidable looking beak on this, lovely set, but V1 stands out Colleen. GrinGrinGrin Peter.

kathrynlouise
kathrynlouise e2 Member 2364 forum postskathrynlouise vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2014 - 9:18 AM

Another bizarre looking bird. I'm so enjoying your wildlife series Colleen and these are just beautiful captures. V1 is my favourite GrinGrin

Kathryn

EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2014 - 9:46 AM

Learn a lot from the excellent write up Colleen and the image could grace any bird/nature book.Smile
Joan.

kuvailija
kuvailija e2 Member 2kuvailija vcard Finland
28 Jan 2014 - 9:56 AM

Super images all of them ,but V1 is something extra special. A little unusual composition , but suits wondefully to this image! - Kuvailija likes very much!GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin --- Jukka.Smile

Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2014 - 10:01 AM

Wow Colleen that is a most impressive first image
picture postcard class!
Lillian

williamsloan
williamsloan e2 Member 3williamsloan vcard Northern Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2014 - 10:44 AM

a great shot well done.

billy

digital_boi
28 Jan 2014 - 10:57 AM

V1 for me Colleen

Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 4Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2014 - 11:02 AM

Excellent images of this impressive fellow.
Taken with your 70-300mm and a great close up.
Can't wait to see what you capture with the 500mm!
Kate GrinGrinGrin

SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64439 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2014 - 11:24 AM

This is fantastic! It looks like an illustration from one of those old natural history books, and that's down to your excellent light touch with the processing (and of course capturing the image in the first place). Top shot.
x

mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2014 - 11:46 AM

Certainly can see the flying banana reference Colleen !!
Good set.
Mick.

gwynn56
gwynn56  264 forum posts England
28 Jan 2014 - 12:07 PM

think banana 2 the better of the 3Wink

annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France32 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2014 - 12:17 PM

Have never managed to get one in the wild they have an uncanny habit to sit in the rainforest canopy..
excellent shot!

1 kg? that is not heavy Smile.. my 200-400 is 3.3 and the beloved 600mf is 2.5 Smile
PS I better won't tell you what Chris calls hornbills Blush

ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2193 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2014 - 12:23 PM

Wow Annette those lenses are super heavy...it's carrying them around that kills me...GrinGrin

ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2474 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2014 - 12:36 PM

Great work Colleen,

Ali Grin

capto
capto e2 Member 21162 forum postscapto vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2014 - 1:24 PM

A fine set. Very prehistoric looking bird.Smile

ivor

AnnJ
AnnJ e2 Member 2AnnJ vcard Scotland
28 Jan 2014 - 1:32 PM

V1 is wonderful Colleen, showing the bird in its natural habitat. So well captured. Ann.

xwang
xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2014 - 2:36 PM

Oh... how lovely. Superb shots, beautiful colour and light control.

ukgubbi
ukgubbi e2 Member 2ukgubbi vcard India
28 Jan 2014 - 3:02 PM

Outstanding. Love the composition. Fine details. Very interesting narrative.

TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2014 - 3:03 PM

A flying banana, eh?!! Grin What a great name for this beautiful bird Smile A cracking set of images, Colleen - you're going to have to build up those muscles to carry that new lens around! Wink
Trev Smile

gss
gss  Romania1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2014 - 3:26 PM

I like V1, very good info, and a small question
Is he a relative of American toucan? he seems very close to a toucan
Silviu

GeorgePlatis
GeorgePlatis e2 Member 1GeorgePlatis vcard Greece1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2014 - 4:28 PM

Beautiful captures of this strange and interesting bird, Colleen!
Regards,
George

prabhusinha
prabhusinha e2 Member 6prabhusinha vcard India3 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2014 - 4:34 PM

Horn bill has a typical life style all over.

Brian65
Brian65 e2 Member 5Brian65 vcard United Kingdom
28 Jan 2014 - 5:14 PM

I can only say,FANTASTIC Colleen.
Brian

ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2193 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2014 - 5:25 PM


Quote: I can only say,FANTASTIC Colleen.
Brian

Thank you Brian coming from you it's a Wonderful compliment....

marshfam19
marshfam19 e2 Member 5marshfam19 vcard United Kingdom
28 Jan 2014 - 5:28 PM

A great set of images. V2 is my favourite. Well spotted.

Mary Grin

EileenH
EileenH  1 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2014 - 5:40 PM

Three fantastic imagesSmile

Eileen

Jenny-D
Jenny-D e2 Member 4Jenny-D vcard United Kingdom
28 Jan 2014 - 5:43 PM

Superb images Colleen.

Jenny Smile

Philip_H
Philip_H  2 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2014 - 6:17 PM

Excellent set, particularly V1.

P.

MBW
MBW  1 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2014 - 7:24 PM

A great image Colleen and thanks for your comment on my Robin.........Martin

pentaxpatty
pentaxpatty e2 Member 1pentaxpatty vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2014 - 7:26 PM

really super image Colleen I love this , it is like a painting. Grin thank you too for all your lovely comments and votes too.

Patty

sweetpea62
sweetpea62 e2 Member 4sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2014 - 8:40 PM

Excellent set Colleen, V1 superb capture..Lin

BIGRY1
BIGRY1 e2 Member 2BIGRY1 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2014 - 9:00 PM

An excellent set of a lovely looking bird. V1 is a cracker!GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ryan

Holmewood
Holmewood e2 Member 1Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
28 Jan 2014 - 9:24 PM

Lovely set Colleen and great write up. Cathy

Trev_B
Trev_B e2 Member 7110 forum postsTrev_B vcard England64 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2014 - 9:39 PM

That is some beakÖ a lovely set colleen.
Trev

cheesey
cheesey e2 Member 8cheesey vcard United Kingdom
28 Jan 2014 - 10:09 PM

Great shots, V1 is a real beauty Smile.
Cheesey.

WesternRed
WesternRed e2 Member 3WesternRed vcard Australia
29 Jan 2014 - 1:13 AM

Three well composed captures. My choice is by far V1 which has a wonderful tonal range with the lighting. Well done Colleen.
WesternRed.

handlerstudio
handlerstudio e2 Member 2handlerstudio vcard United States5 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jan 2014 - 4:22 AM

I love it......flying bananas!!

Peter

ValeryAst
ValeryAst  2 Russian Federation
29 Jan 2014 - 10:07 AM

As I understand this is a male crow in his breeding plumage ...?LolWink
Fantastic set, Colleen!Smile
Regards Valery

Last Modified By ValeryAst at 29 Jan 2014 - 10:12 AM
JuBarney
JuBarney e2 Member 3JuBarney vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jan 2014 - 8:33 PM

Super shots, esp. V1
Ju

Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8234 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2014 - 11:06 PM

Three terrific shots of this hornbill Colleen, this fella is much more handsome than the one Fletch captured from his balcony in his jimjams!Wink You will enjoy that sigma 150-500mm lens as it enables you to capture wildlife from long range, you will get great results if you have a half decent camera. This lens works best in good light and from a range of around 480mm when the light is not that good. Images can sometimes be a tad soft from a range of 500mm when the light is poor unless you are using a tripod. You should have no problems if you have image stabilisation though. It is very heavy to hump around though, you will have arms like a female body builder or shot putter after a few weeks and nobody will want to pick a fight with you! lol WinkGrin

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