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

The Tickell’s brown Hornbill or Anorrhinus tickelli is also known as the Rusty-cheeked Hornbill, is a Hornbill found in the forest of Burma and Thailand in which the Austen’s Brown Hornbill is considered its subspecies.

The Hornbills are big birds and it is not possible to miss them when they are making a flyby or even when they are perching on Fig Trees as they are feeding. They can be seen and heard all the time; yet, not all of them can be visible and captured by cameras. Right timing is always important; being at the right place at the right time.

We were so lucky being there in Panoen Thong, in spite of the fact that we were there to find the Crimson-winged Woodpecker and another one, but there were too many people on the mountain that came for the cold and it was impossible for the birds to show up where they should have been. Driving down from Panoen Thong, we found people on the road looking into their scopes and they were quite serious and excited. So we parked our truck on the safe side of the mountain road and joined them. It was quite a surprise, we found the Tickell’s Brown Hornbill.

This Hornbill can be found in Burma and Kaengkratchan National Park, Burmese and Thai border, finding it that day was a delight. Kaengkratchan is always full of surprises.

Kaeng Krachan National Park, Thailand
December 12, 2016
Nikon D500 + Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR

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