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Portrait of a Southern Ground Hornbill
Portrait of a Southern Ground Hornbill

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Challenge: Free Study 2018-07 (Standard Editing)
Camera: Nikon D800
Lens: Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 EX APO IF HSM for Nikon
Location: Kruger National Park, South Africa
Date: Jul 13, 2018
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/160
Galleries: Animals, Birds
Date Uploaded: Jul 31, 2018

Thank you all for the lovely comments (and votes). It's good to be back after a 4 year hiatus.

I shoot in the wild. Not at a bird feeder, not with an artificial background and not at or near nesting platforms cropping out the human elements. (When is DPC ever going to have a WILDLIFE category and WILDLIFE judges.)

The southern ground hornbill (Bucorvus leadbeateri), is one of two species of ground hornbill and is the largest species of all hornbill. They can be found from northern Namibia and Angola to northern South Africa and southern Zimbabwe to Burundi and Kenya. They require a savanna habitat with large trees for nesting and dense but short grass for foraging. This is a large bird, at 90 to 129 centimetres (35.4 to 50.8 in) long. Females weigh 2.2 to 4.6 kilograms (4.9 to 10.1 lb), while the larger males weigh 3.5 to 6.2 kilograms (7.7 to 13.7 lb).
The southern ground hornbill is a vulnerable species, mainly confined to national reserves and national parks. They live in groups of 5 to 10 individuals including adults and juveniles. Often, neighbouring groups are engaged in aerial pursuits. They forage on the ground, where they feed on reptiles, frogs, snails, insects and mammals up to the size of hares.

This image is copyrighted 2018 by Harvey Grohmann. Duplication, publication, copying is strictly forbidden and protected by law. To obtain pricing and consent contact me via Photocommission.com or purchase a Print by clicking the link and sending me an email.

After it had cracked open the snail's shell.

Place: 5 out of 120
Avg (all users): 6.6800
Avg (commenters): 7.6000
Avg (participants): 6.5283
Avg (non-participants): 7.0455
Views since voting: 1022
Views during voting: 135
Votes: 75
Comments: 11
Favorites: 1 (view)

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08/10/2018 03:21:25 AM
Congrats Harvey. Lovely shot. You are a persistent photographer dedicated to capturing the moment.. and not creating it. So important in Shooting wild life.
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08/08/2018 06:46:01 PM
Nice to see you back. Great shot, congrats on 5th place!
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08/08/2018 09:08:21 AM
Hello Harvey!!!! Missed you! Great picture.
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08/08/2018 08:22:31 AM
That is an awesome shot Harvey. Nice to see you entering some images again.
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08/08/2018 01:09:36 AM
Moes geweet het dis joune. Een van my 10s Pragtig
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08/08/2018 12:23:57 AM
Great sharpness! Congrats.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/07/2018 06:19:36 PM
Wow. Gorgeous colours and an amazing moment. High scorer in my pile!
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08/07/2018 03:19:42 PM
Very well captured. Not the most attractive of birds, but that's hardly his fault.
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08/04/2018 04:24:31 PM
OMG!!!! I wasn't prepared for tis! Great shot!
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08/03/2018 12:50:51 PM
7 from me. Great focus on the eye and details in the bird.
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08/01/2018 06:36:39 PM
I am not sure I want to see this up so close but you did it with gusto
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