Silvery-cheeked hornbills

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David Clarke

Joined March 2009

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Silvery-cheeked hornbills are found in variable numbers in East Africa, particularly in the southern lowland forests near the coast on Kenya. This pair, a female (left) and youngster were part of a number of family groups living at the coast in Mtwapa, just north of Mombasa
Their habit is to spend the late afternoon in the trees around the house of sculptor Roger Jessop, whose house is in the most idyllic location on a rise above the beach overlooking the Indian Ocean. Roger works in sheet metal, producing the most amazing sculptures of a huge variety of animals and birds, many life-size. His particular favourite is the silvery-cheeked hornbill and he asked me to take a set of photographs of the families that conveniently live nearby so he could gain more insight into their detailed structure.
In this shot, mum has regurgitated a berry or nut picked up earlier and is passing it over to junior.
According to Stevenson & Fanshawe’s superb book ‘Birds of East Africa’, ‘the Silvery-cheeked Hornbill (Bycanistes brevis) reaches 74cm/29", has white underparts confined to the lower belly and vent. Face and coverts are tipped silvery in adults but this feature is often hard to see at a distance (it’s visible in the photo). The adult male has a massive bill and pale cream casque which may extend beyond the bill tip and a blue-grey eye-ring, while the female has a duller low casque confined to the back half of the bill and a pinkish eye-ring. Family parties are widepsread and locally common in highland forests, woodlands and mature gardens from sea-level to 2600m. Voice is strident and loud goat-like braying and a longer rising and falling aah-aaaah-aaaah-aaah-aah ah.’

If you would like to see some of Roger’s work, click on this link Roger Jessop

Canon 1DMkII with Canon 300mm f2.8L lens and Canon x2 extender; ISO400 f5.6 1/5000

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