Redbilled and Yellowbilled Hornbills

Redbilled and Yellowbilled Hornbills

There is nothing unusual about the subject – hornbills, both redbilled and yellowbilled – are common in the bushveld areas of South and southern Africa and safari visitors, once they’ve seen the first one, hardly give them another look. So it’s more the composition that appeals to me, with the prominent redbilled bird in the foreground and the others out of focus in the background but their shapes and colours sufficiently clear to make them easily recognisable.

The scientific names for the redbilled hornbill is Tockus erythrorhynchus and Tockus flavirostris for the yellowbilled. Local safari guides like to refer to them as the “flying chilli pepper” and “flying banana” respectively – certainly more descriptive for the average safari visitor! The photograph was taken in South Africa’s Kruger National Park, using a Canon EOS 400D (Digital Rebel XTi) and Canon 70-200 F2.8L IS USM lens.

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