Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Northern Red-billed Hornbill and Abyssinian Ground Hornbill

Northern Red-billed Hornbill Tockus erythrorhynchus
and Abyssinian Ground Hornbill  Bucorvus abyssinicus
Mega Area, Ethiopia
18 January 2014

    Ethiopia was certainly rich in its diversity of hornbills, some of which were actually common in certain locations. Northern Red-billed Hornbills were seen quite frequently, although they proved not to be the easiest species to photograph.


    Abyssinian Ground Hornbill was seen far less frequently. A spectacular species by any standards, it is a huge bird and struts across the grassland with confidence, feeding on a variety of prey, including tortoises, lizards, amphibians, mammals, birds, spiders and insects.




14 comments:

  1. Really cool birds! I'd love to go bird watching in Africa!

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  2. Fabulous birds! We envy you these close encounters with these incredible species!
    All the best David!

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  3. That is one impressive bird! I cannot even imagine seeing one in the wild! What a wonderful opportunity!

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  4. Wonderful bird.. Love it.. Congrats..

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  5. Thank you for showing us these wonderful birds with your superb images, David. As with those that have already commented, I'd love to see these in the wild, but I guess a zoo is the only place I'll see hornbills. Best wishes. Richard

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  6. I get jealous of the bird sightings you get there but always happy for you. These are wonderful shots.

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  7. They really are incredible birds. We might be going to Ethiopa later in the year, so I'll be hoping to see the Abyssinian Ground Hornbill especially if we do.

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  8. Beautiful birds.
    Very well photographed.

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  9. The Abyssinian Ground Hornbill looks truly reptilian. I can imagine its long lost ancestors to have stalked the same ground many millions of years ago.

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  10. Great you show us birds we normally dont see.......lovley.

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  11. Splendour pictures of these beautiful birds.
    Greetings Tinie

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  12. What have you seen so many unusual birds David, really great. I think you were also very happy rmt seeing so many different ones pretty birds.

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