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A Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbill we found in the Khutse Game Reserve. One of the most recognizable symbols of Africa.

I saw one of them the previous day, but the bird was too far away and too careful to get close enough to photograph it. This day, however, I got lucky and managed to get a few shots in. This was taken at 500mm (750mm on the D100) so I was still quite far away and quite pleased with the result. It was an overcast day, and I was taking these shots from an idling Land Rover, so I had to push the ISO up to 500 to make sure I get a shot in with the long Sigma lens.

Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbill: Its habitat is thornveld and dry, broad-leaved woodland. Its call is a rapid, hollow-sounding 'tok tok tok tok tok tokatokatoka'. In calling display the head is lowered and the wings are fanned.

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Additional Photos by Henry Engelbrecht (henrye) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 675 W: 66 N: 432] (3500)
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