Photo of the Week: Time to Fly (Rhinoceros Hornbill)

I try to think of a relevant reason to post seemingly random photos each week, because they are often not representative of where I am at that very moment. I put up a Syrian shot the week troubles started in Syria, for example. This week’s photo is of a Rhinoceros Hornbill, one of 13 species of hornbills in Thailand, and one of seven species that are endangered. I shot this when TWO species showed up on the rooftop of our bungalow in Koh Phangan. (The other was a Great Hornbill and they seemed to hop around very clumsily checking each other out.)

Now the reason for the photo selection: this week Peung and I will fly — and we will likely be seeing rhinoceroses where we are going. It’s a long trip, starting with Kenya (on Kenya Airlines), moving on to Istanbul (on Turkish Airlines) and other parts of Turkey, and then on to Chicago for our bus to Madison. Kenya plans have been erratic due to some article assignments and lining up safari arrangements to include our good friend currently stationed in Nairobi, but things are starting to fall into place. (Talk about last minute!) I will try to blog (or even Tweet?) throughout but that will depend a lot on internet access. We’ll have it in Nairobi but I’m thinking there aren’t a lot of internet cafes in the Masai Mara. Either way I will post material from our trip and information on the safari outfitters and guides we travel with. Stay tuned!

3 thoughts on “Photo of the Week: Time to Fly (Rhinoceros Hornbill)

  • May 1, 2011 at 6:21 pm
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    Awesome shot of the rhino hornbill. I am actually devoting a full post on trying to photo these amazing birds. I think the birds that I saw in Khao Yai were the great hornbills.

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    • May 2, 2011 at 2:20 am
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      They are fascinating birds. I saw a flock of Oriental-pied Hornbills at Khao Yai. They all landed on the path ahead of me and were taking a dust “bath.” I got one so-so photo of that before they all took flight. Other than that, however, I’ve always seen them in a somewhat human setting: on the bungalow in Koh Phangan, outside my bungalow on Koh Samet. Actually, that’s reassuring to see them so close and so unconcerned about the presence of humans. As long as no one cuts down all the trees (or catches them to eat or sell illegally), they should get along OK. I hope. They really help spread the forest. They don’t range very far but eat a lot of fruits and spread the seeds over open areas between clumps of trees in their neighborhood. Very useful.

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