Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbill, South Africa

NOVEMBER 2011 – A southern yellow-billed hornbill (Tockus leucomelas) sits on a dead tree at the Mapungubwe National Park in South Africa. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

A southern yellow-billed hornbills (Tockus leucomelas) sat on a dead tree while we were – still tired from the night – slowly driving along one of the roads in the Mapungubwe National Park in South Africa, one of the less known parks in the country.

I was prepared and reached to the back seat of our 4×4 to grab the camera with the 100-400 mm tele zoom lens. The colors of the bird were contrasting really well with the brownish background that was further blurred by the wide aperture of f/5.6. A great shot.

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time29-NOV-2011, 06:53
LocationMapungubwe National Park, South Africa
CameraCanon EOS-1D Mark III
LensCanon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure1/640 sec at f/5.6
Digital Image Source FormatCanon Camera RAW (CR2)
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions3888 x 2592 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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