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Great Indian Hornbill in flight



Here after waiting for hours, I managed to capture this female Great Indian Hornbill in flight. She is carrying food for the chicks in her beak....
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Here after waiting for hours, I managed to capture this female Great Indian Hornbill in flight. She is carrying food for the chicks in her beak.
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31 Comments | Report
ReneeBlake PRO+
 
ReneeBlake July 19, 2015
Fantastic capture !
angad13 PRO
angad13 July 22, 2015
Thank you so much Renee Blake!! :)
marinloredanaecaterina
 
marinloredanaecaterina July 22, 2015
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
angad13 PRO
angad13 July 22, 2015
Thank you so much!! :)
MikeHiggins PRO
 
MikeHiggins July 23, 2015
A great capture. Welcome to View Bug.
songbrd
 
songbrd November 14, 2015
Absolutely fantastic capture!
kingkotha
 
kingkotha November 25, 2015
My Favorite bird, captured excellently.
EdCorrea
 
EdCorrea March 09, 2016
Great shot! You can actually see the nutmeg fruit (Myristicaceae) in its beak
bobdee PRO
 
bobdee March 11, 2016
Exceptional!!!!
barbaramillesrobinson PRO+
 
barbaramillesrobinson March 17, 2016
Love the colors. Voted OPEN WINGS. Good luck!
barbaramillesrobinson PRO+
 
barbaramillesrobinson March 17, 2016
Love the colors. Voted OPEN WINGS. Good luck!
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots April 01, 2016
Awesome capture! Congrats.
Tams
 
Tams April 01, 2016
Great Capture. :)
ronsmith_7465
 
ronsmith_7465 April 01, 2016
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
jimshoemaker PRO+
 
jimshoemaker May 01, 2016
Fantastic Capture!
Akire
 
Akire July 13, 2016
Awesome Capture!
minigautam
 
minigautam August 08, 2016
Awesome it is!!
PDawson PRO
 
PDawson December 14, 2016
Great photo
christianmadsen PRO
 
christianmadsen December 27, 2016
Not only did the waiting pay off, it paid off big time with a magnificent capture!
davidjohnmartin PRO
 
davidjohnmartin February 08, 2017
Patience is the key to excellence.
brucesiler PRO
 
brucesiler February 21, 2017
Well done!
p_eileenbaltz PRO
 
p_eileenbaltz March 10, 2017
Voted in 'we love animals' contest.
Grollie
 
Grollie March 21, 2017
thank you for entering my challenge "patience is a virtue" !!!
Your photo was one of my favourites !
greetz,
Luc
angad13 PRO
angad13 March 24, 2017
Thank you so much... :) I am honoured that you liked it in the challenge!! :)
Alfredo_Jose PRO+
 
Alfredo_Jose March 24, 2017
Wow, this photo is over the top!
angad13 PRO
angad13 March 24, 2017
Thank you so much... :)
susieromano
 
susieromano April 05, 2017
this is way more extreme.
angad13 PRO
angad13 April 05, 2017
Thanks a lot... :D
Aeri
 
Aeri May 23, 2017
great shot perfectly timed.
Abinanth
 
Abinanth June 03, 2017
Great shot.!
Mohan_photos
 
Mohan_photos July 14, 2017
Amazing Capture !!!
Byronfairphotography PRO+
 
Byronfairphotography December 11, 2017
Great find and capture. / Voted
lonniemagistad
 
lonniemagistad February 03, 2018
You are very talented and creative!!! I love your view of the world!!!
bobdee PRO
 
bobdee May 21, 2018
thanks for entering my challenge....stunning shot!
ashleylong_3815
 
ashleylong_3815 June 29, 2018
Very beautiful!
priyankdhami
 
priyankdhami October 18, 2018
Lovely capture..

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Behind The Lens

Location
The photo was taken in the Anamalai Tiger Reserve of India. I like to understand the behaviour of my subject before proceeding to photograph them, this simplifies the process of getting a good photograph in the field.
Time
I remember waking up at 4 AM and hearing the heavy rain lashing against the window, quite frustrating at that ungodly hour I must say. As it neared 6 AM the rain had almost stopped and along with some good friends of mine i headed in search of the hornbills, once we found the spot, it was a long waiting game. At around 9:45 AM the hornbills finally showed up and thats when I got my shot.
Lighting
The one thing unique about the forests in India is any time of the day can be a gloomy day due to the tree canopy which hardly lets in any light.
Equipment
This was shot on Nikon D4s and a Nikkor 600mm F4 VR mounted on a Gitzo tripod.
Inspiration
Having seen the Great Hornbill a few times earlier, I really wanted to photograph them. After understanding their behaviour, I wanted to show either one of the parents in flight carrying food for the chicks.
Editing
I think wildlife photos should involve only the basic post-processing such as fixing colours, white-balance, sharpness, etc. a little of which was applied here as well.
In my camera bag
I usually have main bag carrying my Nikkor 600mm and the D4s. The second bag contains my Nikon D3s, which is another excellent camera for really low light situations. I usually rent out any of the following lenses, the Nikkor 70-200mm F2.8 and Nikkor 80-400mm tocompliment the 600mm. The Nikkor 105mm macro lens for macro work and the Tokina 16-28mm when I need to go wide.
Feedback
Understand the behaviour and nature of your subject, it will help you plan the shot. Once you have located the subject there is a high chance of the subject displaying the behaviour you want to capture. Good knowledge of your equipment will help you be that much quicker in the field and get you that perfect shot.

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