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photoblog image The Great Hornbill

The Great Hornbill

 

A resident of the forests of Asia, the Great Hornbill is reliant upon them for food and nesting sites. Just as the hornbills are reliant on the forests, in turn, the forests also need the hornbills. This is because Great Hornbills eat a huge variety of fruits, berries and figs and fly great distances; making them a major disperser of rainforest seeds.


Sadly I was not able to make the trek to the Asian forest to photograph them, this one was in Chester Zoo, photographed through glass. I think he is about twenty years old.



 

 

The Great Hornbill

 

A resident of the forests of Asia, the Great Hornbill is reliant upon them for food and nesting sites. Just as the hornbills are reliant on the forests, in turn, the forests also need the hornbills. This is because Great Hornbills eat a huge variety of fruits, berries and figs and fly great distances; making them a major disperser of rainforest seeds.


Sadly I was not able to make the trek to the Asian forest to photograph them, this one was in Chester Zoo, photographed through glass. I think he is about twenty years old.



 

 

comments (10)

Superb image Les, nice and close giving a real feel for this magnificent creature!
Les Auld: Thanks Fred smile
A great picture Les and interesting to read about this wonderful bird.
Les Auld: Thanks Frances smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 1 Dec 2011, 09:00
Isn't he just a fine & wonderful bird Les!
Les Auld: He is so Chris, thanks for the comment.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 1 Dec 2011, 10:22
Not a pretty face,good photo Les
Les Auld: But a mother could love it Vintage, thanks for the comment.
  • Linda
  • United Kingdom
  • 1 Dec 2011, 11:12
His beak looks like battered and broken bananas, super detail Les smile
Les Auld: Old age perhaps Linda,thanks for the comment.
His bill looks like a pile of bananas. Love this shot even if it is not in the wild.
Les Auld: Thanks Mary, seems to work ok.
Strange looking characters aren't they.
Les Auld: Very much so Brian, thanks for the comment.
He is a fine specimen Les
Les Auld: Isn't he just Bill, thanks for the comment.
They're amazing looking creatures aren't they? You did very well through the glass Les!
Les Auld: Thank you Elizabeth smile
Handy if one had forgotten to take a bottle opener Les smile
Les Auld: Perhaps a touch of the old Guiness advert John, thanks for the comment.

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