Yellow Billed Hornbill

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Definitely one of my favourite birds and a true symbol of the African bush.  I can sit and watch these guys for long periods as they dig around in the foliage for food and chat to one another from across the branches.  These are the very birds that are engraved on my wedding ring and featured on our wedding invitations as a symbol of our love of the Africa wildlife.  I shot this photo on a recent trip to the Kruger National Park, I love the setting and display of the Hornbill as he jumps around going about his daily routine.

Southern Ground Hornbill

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

These birds are currently endangered in South Africa and I’ve only ever seen them in The Kruger National Park.  They are endangered due to habitat loss and a recent study has actually shown that Elephants in the park have contributed to their shortage of nesting trees!  The birds usually nest in the ‘forks’ of big trees but as Elephants like to push these over, a lot of nesting space has been destroyed.  Rangers have found a solution in the form of special boxes which they themselves make and place in specific areas fr the birds to nest in.  It’s proved a success and hopefully the numbers of these special creatures will rise in the years to come.  I took these pictures in the Kruger National Park just recently.