Yellow billed horn bill

By ColleenA
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.

Tags: Wildlife and nature Southern yellow horn bill

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LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2014 5:48AM
A fascinating looking beast portrayed here and a fascinating commentary too.

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

Lynette Grin
KarenFB Plus
11 4.9k 171 England
28 Jan 2014 6:07AM
Three brilliant captures.
28 Jan 2014 6:14AM
What a great looking bird it looks like something out of the Flintstones very nice images well captured Colleen.
Allen, Smile Wink
Bantu 4 7 1 India
28 Jan 2014 6:25AM
well captured action.
Andysnapper 9 109 25 England
28 Jan 2014 6:39AM
Superb shots Colleen and another fantastic bit of African wildlife. Hop you enjoy the new lens, I think we will.Wink

andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2014 7:03AM
wonderful trio of captures colleen brilliant detail super colours and tones v1 for me today a cracker nice one Wink
Caziwinkles 5 3 1 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2014 7:05AM
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

Mike_Young 11 12 9 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2014 7:10AM
Three beautiful shots Colleen, this is a super bird, so full of character. V1 is the definite leader, the light is lovely.
mistere Plus
4 4 3 England
28 Jan 2014 7:24AM
Super captures, what an odd creature.

senn Plus
6 5 1 Belgium
28 Jan 2014 7:33AM
three perfectly timed takes, .. I like V1 a bit more
fentiger 16 916 24 England
28 Jan 2014 7:43AM
A fierce looking fellow and you have led with the best one.

cats_123 Plus
13 4.7k 28 Northern Ireland
28 Jan 2014 7:45AM
Fabulous v2 for the almost 3D effect Smile
28 Jan 2014 8:11AM
V1 my favourite in this fine set Colleen,
Great images of a fascinating bird, Colleen. V2 reminds me of a cartoon character in the Flintstones.

barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2014 8:42AM
I can see you are going to have fun with that lens
28 Jan 2014 8:46AM
What a beautiful bird, Colleen - looks like it could be from another world!
Enjoy your new lens!Smile
Nikonuser1 Plus
5 146 16 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2014 8:55AM
A super looking Bird Colleen, 3 great imagesSmile

Mollycat Plus
4 11 2 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2014 8:55AM
Formidable looking beak on this, lovely set, but V1 stands out Colleen. GrinGrinGrin Peter.
28 Jan 2014 9:18AM
Another bizarre looking bird. I'm so enjoying your wildlife series Colleen and these are just beautiful captures. V1 is my favourite GrinGrin

8 10 10 England
28 Jan 2014 9:46AM
Learn a lot from the excellent write up Colleen and the image could grace any bird/nature book.Smile
28 Jan 2014 9:56AM
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 Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2014 10:01AM
Wow Colleen that is a most impressive first image
picture postcard class!
a great shot well done.

28 Jan 2014 10:57AM
V1 for me Colleen
Irishkate Plus
7 41 111 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2014 11:02AM
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 Plus
9 7.1k 30 England
28 Jan 2014 11:24AM
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.
mikbee 10 3 8 Scotland
28 Jan 2014 11:46AM
Certainly can see the flying banana reference Colleen !!
Good set.
gwynn56 6 87 England
28 Jan 2014 12:07PM
think banana 2 the better of the 3Wink
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
28 Jan 2014 12:17PM
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 Plus
5 350 5 Australia
28 Jan 2014 12:23PM
Wow Annette those lenses are super's carrying them around that kills me...GrinGrin
ali63 Plus
5 775 1 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2014 12:36PM
Great work Colleen,

Ali Grin
capto Plus
5 4.8k 8 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2014 1:24PM
A fine set. Very prehistoric looking bird.Smile

AnnJ Plus
6 5 Scotland
28 Jan 2014 1:32PM
V1 is wonderful Colleen, showing the bird in its natural habitat. So well captured. Ann.
xwang 8 56 8
28 Jan 2014 2:36PM
Oh... how lovely. Superb shots, beautiful colour and light control.
ukgubbi 6 5 India
28 Jan 2014 3:02PM
Outstanding. Love the composition. Fine details. Very interesting narrative.
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 11 England
28 Jan 2014 3:03PM
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 4 1 Romania
28 Jan 2014 3:26PM
I like V1, very good info, and a small question
Is he a relative of American toucan? he seems very close to a toucan
28 Jan 2014 4:28PM
Beautiful captures of this strange and interesting bird, Colleen!
28 Jan 2014 4:34PM
Horn bill has a typical life style all over.
Brian65 8 2 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2014 5:14PM
I can only say,FANTASTIC Colleen.
ColleenA Plus
5 350 5 Australia
28 Jan 2014 5:25PM

Quote:I can only say,FANTASTIC Colleen.

Thank you Brian coming from you it's a Wonderful compliment....
A great set of images. V2 is my favourite. Well spotted.

Mary Grin
EileenH 4 1 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2014 5:40PM
Three fantastic imagesSmile

28 Jan 2014 5:43PM
Superb images Colleen.

Jenny Smile
28 Jan 2014 6:17PM
Excellent set, particularly V1.

MBW 4 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2014 7:24PM
A great image Colleen and thanks for your comment on my Robin.........Martin
28 Jan 2014 7:26PM
really super image Colleen I love this , it is like a painting. Grin thank you too for all your lovely comments and votes too.

28 Jan 2014 8:40PM
Excellent set Colleen, V1 superb capture..Lin
5 3 8 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2014 9:00PM
An excellent set of a lovely looking bird. V1 is a cracker!GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
28 Jan 2014 9:24PM
Lovely set Colleen and great write up. Cathy
Trev_B 10 151 68 England
28 Jan 2014 9:39PM
That is some beaků a lovely set colleen.
28 Jan 2014 10:09PM
Great shots, V1 is a real beauty Smile.
Three well composed captures. My choice is by far V1 which has a wonderful tonal range with the lighting. Well done Colleen.
I love it......flying bananas!!

29 Jan 2014 10:07AM
As I understand this is a male crow in his breeding plumage ...?LolWink
Fantastic set, Colleen!Smile
Regards Valery
JuBarney 6 26 3 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2014 8:33PM
Super shots, esp. V1
Glostopcat 11 255 2 England
31 Jan 2014 11:06PM
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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