Moment of the Week

Moment of the Week: Crowned Hornbill

Great photographic subjects can make photographers of us all. This Crowned Hornbill sat still long enough for me to show off some skills.

While I wait for tourism to make it’s lumbering return to the shores of South Africa and more importantly for me, Durban I thought it would be fine idea to go through all my archives of images taken on tours over the years, and write something about them.

At first I thought it should be “photo of the week” but then I realised I had some video footage that I could use. I then thought I would call it “media of the week” but that just sounded dumb. So I eventually I settled on “moment of the week” since it could be anything I fancied.

I should also point out that I’m not meaning moment of this week, but rather that I would simply call this post, moment of the week. Did I just over explain? Sorry.

Anyway, onto the very first post.

Crowned Hornbill

I chose this image simply because I love these birds, they are some of my favorites. I have them nesting not far from my house and so I get to hear their familiar high pitched “cheeping” both at home and in the bush, which in a way makes me feel I’m on safari.

I also love the way the Hornbills “soar” from tree top to tree top, in a way they are almost dinosaur like when they do glide through the air; they do this sort of pitch up and then glide down flight pattern as they go along.

What’s also pretty cool is you tend to see them in flocks. Around my house there’s usually around 5 or 6 together.

I got this particular photo at the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve (it’s where I get most of my photo’s) where the Hornbill was chilling at the top of a Flat Crown Thorn Tree (I think – I’m not so good with trees). The bonus was the tree was growing below the level of the road, so sitting high up in my tour van put me almost level with the top of the tree.

Oh and my guests were really into birds so we all got to take our time and get some amazing photo’s. Not bad for the cheaper point and shoot I was using (go Fuji FinePix!).

  • The when: 3rd January, 2019 at 14:37,
  • The where: Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve (Imfolozi Section),
  • The how: Fuji FinePis S1800

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