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14 June 2005 @ 09:09 am
Great Hornbills  
Hornbills are the some of the most beautiful birds which we have and this was the first time that I have seen them in the wild. We saw them twice and both times they were in pairs! Unfortunately, these beautiful birds are again endangered and can only be seen in small pockets of forests in the Western Ghats and the Himalayas. I've seen three other types of hornbills before (Indian Grey, Malabar Grey and Malabar Pied) but have never managed to take a photograph of any of them and to see and photograph these Great Hornbills was something I had never dreamt off.




Hornbill female in flight. (Cropped Image)





The one on the left is the male and on the right is the female.

 
 
 
Bhavanabhavanar on June 14th, 2005 12:36 am (UTC)
Great shots! These birds look fantastic. Bird in flight must've been a tough shot to take.
Yathinyathin on June 14th, 2005 12:48 am (UTC)
Bird in flight was pure luck, I was looking for some thrushes but saw them fly over head just in time. Also, Hornbills glide a lot and are generally slow in flight movements (as I've seen them, could be wrong), so they are not really difficult to shoot in flight. :)
Premnath Kudvapremkudva on June 14th, 2005 12:40 am (UTC)
Great photos as usual. Where did you take these snaps?
Yathinyathin on June 14th, 2005 12:46 am (UTC)
Anamalais.
Sajith T Ssajith on June 14th, 2005 12:49 am (UTC)
Just great :)
Why no EXIF? I thought you use digital...
Yathinyathin on June 14th, 2005 12:54 am (UTC)
I lose the EXIF information when I optimise the image for the web. Think I should start adding it or at least a way preserving it.
Premshree Pillaipremshree on June 14th, 2005 04:31 am (UTC)
AFAIK, there *is* a way to preserve EXIF info, and yeah, it'd be nice if you do.
Yathinyathin on June 14th, 2005 04:34 am (UTC)
Yep, there is a way, but the tools I use are quite old and the particular option I use on that tool has no way to keep the EXIF information. :)
Arvind Jayaprakashanomalizer on June 15th, 2005 06:42 am (UTC)
Drop by for EXIF questions. Have been researching what tolsl preserve stuff, how to make things like coppermine do some extra work etc etc
nithininthing on June 14th, 2005 01:42 am (UTC)
wow .. dude, all the pix look so damn perfect ! .. kudos !
IdahoSwedeidahoswede on June 14th, 2005 02:36 am (UTC)
As both a bird watcher and a photographer, these are incredible again. Excellent composition in that second one especially.
Bindusimplybindu on June 14th, 2005 07:19 am (UTC)
Amazing work...
Great photos... I'm not much into photography but always thought taking pics of moving objects was tough...

Btw, just curious. How did you know which one was a male and a female.. :D

Will add you as a friend, if thats okay
Yathinyathin on June 14th, 2005 07:21 am (UTC)
Re: Amazing work...
How did you know which one was a male and a female..

Pretty simply... The female has a white iris as compared to the males dark iris. Also, Males have a little black on the edges of their casque and females dont.



Will add you as a friend, if thats okay

Sure. No problem.

goofy_duck2004goofy_duck2004 on June 14th, 2005 08:38 am (UTC)
Re: Amazing work...
The female has a white iris as compared to the males dark iris. Also, Males have a little black on the edges of their casque and females dont

Can you see these in the picture? Was wondering 'cos i want to learn to identify them too :)
Yathinyathin on June 14th, 2005 08:48 am (UTC)
Re: Amazing work...
Not too clearly ... but can make out.
goofy_duck2004goofy_duck2004 on June 14th, 2005 11:17 am (UTC)
Re: Amazing work...
Guess my eyes are not trained enough to figure that out :)
First name, a nickname or a handlesmriti on June 14th, 2005 12:28 pm (UTC)
Have you read Gerald Durrell as a kid? You might want to try some of his books if you havent. Not a Corbett in anyway, but endearing, sometimes funny descriptions of wildlife as he grew up and later.
Yathinyathin on June 14th, 2005 12:30 pm (UTC)
Have you read Gerald Durrell as a kid?

Of course I have!!! Our libraries were well stocked with his books. :)
First name, a nickname or a handlesmriti on June 14th, 2005 04:26 pm (UTC)
Thought as much, just checking :D What is this 'our' library? My school library didnt have these :(
Yathinyathin on June 14th, 2005 10:43 pm (UTC)
Our library == Our school library. School == Bishop Cotton.