Malabar Pied Hornbills in Kabini



We have often heard the vociferous Malabar Pied Hornbills in many national parks in India and then followed their noisy calls to spot them. However, Pied Hornbills are very shy birds and rarely sit quietly, especially on lower branches, making it a big challenge to photograph this species.

On this trip to Kabini, all that changed for good. While we were searching the wilderness for Leopards, we heard the unmistakable calls of Pied Hornbills. We followed the calls and landed on a pair of them.

To our good luck, they were just about in the range of my new 600mm f4 lens. Also for a change, they gave us a few moments to get some nice pictures. Here’s a series from that incredible sighting.

Malabar Pied Hornbills in Kabini

 

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Thomas Suresh Anand

Thomas Suresh Anand

Wildlife in India, experience in pictures - Walk the Wilderness - A blog on wildlife in India where we share our experiences in the various national parks through wildlife photos

Thomas Suresh Anand

Thomas Suresh Anand

Wildlife in India, experience in pictures - Walk the Wilderness - A blog on wildlife in India where we share our experiences in the various national parks through wildlife photos

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M Leybra
M Leybra

Fantastic photos, congratulations on the good luck. And on new 600mm lens which must be out of the ordinary. I now know now precisely what a Pied hornbill (in India) looks like. Strange how much the growth on top of head & beak looks like it’s been stuck on there for no apparent reason. The color hues of the feathers are beautiful.