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30 October 2006 @ 11:34 am
Hornbills are interesting birds. Apparently, in the wildlife sanctuary where I went last week, they had not seen them for over a couple of months and the first morning in the park we saw not one, not two but at least fifteen to twenty of them. They are usually very shy and hate humans approaching them and fly away as soon as they see us, but this group we saw seemed to be rather bold. Maybe it's because there were so many of them, they felt a lot more secure!

A male Malabar Pied Hornbill

Hornbill Camp! Back light, but a lovely sight to see so many beautiful large birds together.

Hornbill Hug. They love their forests and their trees it seems! :)

zhenzhizhenzhi on October 30th, 2006 09:05 am (UTC)
oh wow. they are amazing looking birds.
kejnkejn on October 30th, 2006 10:23 am (UTC)
is the bird in the last picture using his bill in order to climb up or down the trunk (like a man using his feet and arms or a sling to climb a palm tree)?
Yathinyathin on October 30th, 2006 10:25 am (UTC)
Nopes. I think the was just scratching his neck from what I saw.
ashbirderashbirder on October 30th, 2006 02:02 pm (UTC)

Re the 'Hornbill Hug' photo, I recall seeing similar behaviour in Dandeli, except that the bird was a Great Pied Hornbill. It had placed its head and bill in the crook of a tree.
t3rmin4t0r on October 30th, 2006 03:22 pm (UTC)
The second photo is just amazing ...
sainath on October 30th, 2006 03:42 pm (UTC)
the first one is superb !! beautiful birds, hornbills :)
depontideponti on October 31st, 2006 08:20 am (UTC)
ooh, the Dogmatix Hornbill!

When we went to JLR Dandeli last year, it was supposed to be "off-season" but the hornbills made it SO memorable!
ZuZusuzan_s on October 31st, 2006 10:31 pm (UTC)
Wow, a whole flock! Great pics.