Copyright © 2016 by Ali Bernie Buga-ay, all rights reserved. Oriental Pied Hornbill: this photograph may not be used without permission.

The Oriental Pied Hornbill or Anthracoceros albirostris is an Indo-Malayan Pied Hornbill and is also called with two other common names, Sunda Pied Hornbill (convexus) and Malaysian Pied Hornbill. A canopy-dwelling bird belonging to the Bucerotidae family, its species belongs to the smallest among the Asian Hornbills and also the most common. The Oriental Pied Hornbill’s diet includes fruit, insects and small reptiles.

In Kui Buri National Park, the Hornbills are a daily pictures to see; in farms, trees, palm trees, pineapple plantations and just everywhere. Well, as visible as they are they also show up at some certain times of the day and also they want to escape right away when human presence threatens them. We chased these Hornbills with our truck and sometime it is raining or already late in the afternoon after we have visited the national park. There are always obstacles in photographing these lovely big birds.

This time we were running out of sunlight and we went in a rubber plantation as they were flying in flocks. It was dark in there as the rubber trees were tall and it was just impossible. We got off our truck and started walking and following the flock and this one did not notice me. I was right under it and I started to slowly moved finding the right angle in which I could take a shot without spooking it. Well, I had to hurry, my Fujinon XC 20-230mm can only do as much and can’t deal with the low light situation. I was just happy to get this shot and I have seen more Hornbills in Thailand but never bothered so much in making them a serious bird subject for I think they are there all the time. I know time is running and planet Earth may not be able to contain animals anymore so I will make an effort these last two months and next years onward to take great shots of these forest and jungle farmers.

Kui Buri National Park, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand
Fujifilm XT1 + Fujinon XC 50-230mm F4.5-6.7 OIS

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