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 Post subject: Re: Hornbill, Southern Ground
Unread postPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2009 5:49 pm 
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Hi All,

Some great pics on this thread.

Came across this family at Rooibosrant Dam. They had caught a Puff Adder which the younster swallowed in one!

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 Post subject: Re: Hornbill, Southern Ground
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WOW! Really great pic Barcud! :clap:

I am always fascinated when birds are killing one of Africas most poisonous snakes!

The Southern Ground Hornbill is also one of my favourite birds of Africa! They are so beautiful especially the eyes!

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See you in Kruger May 2010!
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 Post subject: Re: Hornbill, Southern Ground
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Nice close-up!

Did you know that Ground Hornbills groom some animals as well?

"The warthogs approached the hornbills and then lay down on their sides to be cleaned," explains Mr Hendri Coetzee of North West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa.
Mr Coetzee says he repeatedly observed similar interactions between common warthogs (Phacochoerus africanus) and southern ground hornbills (Bucorvus leadbeateri) in the Mabula Game Reserve in South Africa's Limpopo Province.

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 Post subject: Re: Hornbill, Southern Ground
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Found a group on S65 last winter. Was scared at first when group approached my parked car ( very small) fairly rapidly. And then they waited!
Went back the next day with the same response. Occurred to me that these guys have been "car=food" conditioned. What a shame. They were great to look at though!
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welcome JustJo...and your first pic is a beaut...well not really :lol:
Such an.....odd looking bird.

I will now be chastised by all the birders I'm sure :roll: :lol: :lol:

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Great portrait, Sprocky :clap: :clap:
Is that how you feel this morning?? :wink:

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these eyes and hairdressing :D

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When I first saw these up close, I thought they must be one of the inspirations behind Jim Henson's Muppets..especially the eyes and eyelashes! That head shot is great...I was too nervous first time to get closer shots, and kept the windows closed. :?


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We think this Hornbill visited a hair salon in the bush just before we took the photo in July 2010.


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I saw a group of Southern Ground Hornbill north of Satara during my trip in September.

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Look at the 3 of them arnt they fab

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I recently saw SGH picking at a wildebeest carcass - do they eat carrion or were they simply searching for the insects and larvae that might have found their way into the carcass?

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