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

The Great Hornbill or Buceros bicornis is also known as the Great Indian Hornbill or Great Pied Hornbill, is one of the larger members of the Hornbill family. It is found in the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. Its impressive size and colour have made it important in many tribal cultures and rituals. The great Hornbill is long-lived, living for nearly 50 years in captivity. It is predominantly frugivorous, but is an opportunist and will prey on small mammals, reptiles and birds.

It was a cold morning going in Khao Yai National Park with Arpha, mother, Khun Jass, Sam, Khun Anan our driver. We were there to teach Sam enjoy nature and wildlife and take photographs of them at the same time. As we ascended the paved road into the deep of the park, reaching the first viewpoint, we found almost a hundred people and bird photographers waiting for the Great Hornbills to flyby from one fruiting tree to another. The condition was perfect, sun, weather, the location is fantastic. It was a perfect day.

The Hornbills were having a great time as well eating and collecting the fruits and transporting one fruit at a time somewhere. The social skills of this bird is just so beautiful to watch and enjoy. They are very cordial to each other and community centered as I observed them to be, always taking care of each other. We could have taken more great shots but we had to move on and trek going down a waterfall. We left the rest of the birders present who waited for this time of the year to photgraph them and we found friends whom we met in different birding spots in Thailand.

Khao Yai National Park, Thailand
Nikon D500 + Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR

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