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Hornbill: Silvery-Cheeked

Unread postby bunnypants » Thu Sep 01, 2011 2:00 pm

I spotted this hornbill in my backyard last week and tried to take a few photos. Can someone please tell me if it is a Trumpeter Hornbill or Silvery-Cheeked Hornbill? I personally think it’s a Silvery-Cheeked Hornbill but could it be? What is a Bird like this doing in the Vaal Triangle area. I live in Vereeniging. He was very inquisitive, especially when my car alarm went off. But flew away when a neigbour hooted. I was gardening when it came flying past me, it had a very load squawk and was large in size.

I am not a keen bird watcher but appreciate them in my garden. This was a nice experience, to see such a wild large bird around here.

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Re: Hornbill???

Unread postby lettuceleaf711 » Thu Sep 01, 2011 2:06 pm

WOW!!! that is quite a sighting!

i agree it is a silvery-cheeked.

i would guess it is probably an aviary escapee, but birds do turn up in funny places occasionally.

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Re: Hornbill???

Unread postby bunnypants » Thu Sep 01, 2011 2:07 pm

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Re: Hornbill???

Unread postby bert » Thu Sep 01, 2011 2:31 pm

silvery cheeked 8)

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Re: Hornbill???

Unread postby ndloti » Thu Sep 01, 2011 2:39 pm

Where in Vereeniging !! ??
KNP is sacred. I am opposed to the modernisation of Kruger and from the depths of my soul long for the Kruger of yesteryear! 1000+km on foot in KNP incl 56 wild trails.200+ nights in the wildernessndloti-indigenous name for serval.

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Re: Hornbill???

Unread postby bert » Thu Sep 01, 2011 2:41 pm

Yours Ndloti :lol:

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Re: Hornbill???

Unread postby bunnypants » Thu Sep 01, 2011 2:57 pm

ndloti - in Arcon Park! I suspected that it may escaped from Brandmillers Bird park which is close to my home or someones aviary. i've never been to Emerald Casino's Bird park so i don't know if it was from there.

It was definately aware (curious) that i was taking photos of it as came closer. I suspect its bad that its out, because it will not find a partner in this area? Do captive birds that escape do well when they escaped? - Feeding? :(

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Re: Hornbill???

Unread postby lettuceleaf711 » Thu Sep 01, 2011 3:15 pm

escaped birds often return to where they escaped from, so it may be recaptured.

some birds can do very well when they escape, like ringneck parakeets in jhb and durbs. i'd guess this bird would be able to find food in gauteng suburbs through summer now. winter could get a bit more difficult.....


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