Southern Red-Billed Hornbill, Kruger National Park, South Africa

NOVEMBER 2011 – A Southern red-billed hornbill (Tockus rufirostris) sits on a branch of a dead tree at the Kruger National Park, South Africa. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

The Kruger National Park is heaven for wildlife photographers. It’s not just the ‘Big 5’ that grab your attention but also the relatively small animals. Just like this southern red-billed hornbill that greeted us one morning in the park.

While I’m usually not a big fan of the cloudy sky, I think it actually adds value to the image, because it reduces the color space to just brown, grey and red (the beak). I also adore the very graphical composition and the bizarre forms of the dead branches.

Kruger – always good for an awesome wildlife shot.

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time24-NOV-2011, 07:45
LocationKruger National Park, South Africa
CameraCanon EOS-1D Mark III
LensCanon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure1/8000 sec at f/5.6
Digital Image Source FormatCanon Camera RAW (CR2)
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions3888 x 2559 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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