The Southern Red-billed Hornbill (Tockus rufirostirus) is such a commonly seen little bird, that few stop to take notice of it. They are abundant in the Zambezi Valley. It is a touch skittish, habitually taking flight if disturbed, so one doesn’t get close. This species frequents open savanna and woodland areas, with sparse ground cover and enjoys the Mopani woodland endemic to some Lowveld terrains. The Hornbills enjoy a varied diet including beetles, termites and larvae, and will even take vertebrates, including other small birds, especially nesting chicks. They will consume fruit and seed too, and are usually found foraging on the ground. In the Zambezi Valley the Southern Red-billed Hornbill is known to flock and migrate regionally. There is an unusual occurrence of some 1,000 birds having drowned in Lake Kariba reported on one occasion during such a migration.
(Canon EOS 5D Mark III / EF100-400mm IS II USM +1.4x III; 1/500 sec; f/8; ISO 320; 560mm)
Picture ©2015 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography
The Amercian photographer and environmentalist, Ansel Adams, is perhaps one of the most well know black and white landscape photographers, whose fine art work in the Yosemite National Park is well famed. Adams became a guiding light in the field of photography, writing extensively on the subject and teaching with emphasis on resolution, clarity and sharpness, which perhaps explains his founding of the Group f/64. He was a great lover of large format photography. Ansel Adams is attributed with this quotation:
“In some photographs, the essence of light and space dominate; in others, the substance of rock and wood, and the luminous insistence of growing things…It is my intention to present – through the medium of photography – intuitive observations of the natural world which may have meaning to spectators.”
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