34. Oddity

In our jungle at the zoo there are many species of birds that just fly and roam free.    The one advantage about visiting the zoo in the winter months is that you have the whole place virtually to yourself and animals and birds that you have  never really seen before make an appearance.   I don’t know where this guy has been hiding, but in my hundreds of visits to the zoo I have never seen him.  I was fascinated by his odd beak…it looks and is textured like a piece of bark from a tree.  As I was sitting there watching the monkeys this guy  flew up just a few feet from me and watched me (I must look like a monkey)!  LOL  Every time I raised my camera he turned his head (see the second image), but I was lucky enough to get a good shot of his head.  I looked all over for a sign saying what he is but I couldn’t find one….so if any of you happen to know what this guy is please let me know.  He sure is an odd looking fella!

A special thanks to Jens who identified the bird….it is a Trumpeter Hornbill.

Camera: Canon XSI, Shot in Aperature mode, Lens:  55-250mm, Focal Length:  194mm, Aperture F/5.6, Shutter Speed 1/60, ISO 400     Processed in PSE8:  Adjusted levels, increased saturation, cropped out a little of the background

Camera: Canon XSI, Shot in Manual mode, Lens:  55-250mm, Focal Length:  194mm, Aperture F/5.6, Shutter Speed 1/60, ISO 400     Processed in PSE8:  Adjusted levels, increased saturation, cropped


~ by Tammy on February 16, 2010.

19 Responses to “34. Oddity”

  1. That is truely odd. If you hadn`t posted the 2nd image and mentioned it I would have thought that this was a wood carving. really cool Tammy.

  2. The closest guess is a “Trumpeted Hornbill” Great images Tammy.

  3. I had the same reaction as Jens – the first shot looks like a carving. I’ve no idea what kind of bird you’ve got there, but both shots are outstanding!

  4. Cool bird..no idea what it is, but really interesting beak on this fellow.

  5. What a talent, able to read a Birds thoughts with perfect clarity. The feathers are similar to those on parrots, but hornbill seems right, too.

  6. Awesome shots!! He really had his eye on you and it is almost a self portrait!!

  7. What a bird! You really got his beak and feathers! Nice work!

  8. You really are an excellent wildlife photographer–you captuere the essence of each animal.

  9. Wow! What a great moment that this bird chose to land so close to you and you had your camera all willing and able to get a shot. Nice find and great capture. Love the detail.

  10. Great shots, Tammy! Nice detail and I like the spot of light in the first one. It highlights that odd beak. He certainly is an odd bird!

  11. Whatever the bird is, it’s a beauty. You captured it perfectly Tammy … it’s a wonderful portrait.

  12. A new species for me! Great shots. You also could have posted under “What is that?” 😀

  13. Though this is an odd looking bird, it is beautiful in it’s surrounding. You have captured it wonderfully.

  14. Hi Tammy,
    He is odd looking for sure, but in a pretty kind of way. Great shot. Have a great day!


  15. Not the most attractive of birds, but makes a heck of a shot for Oddity!! Love the detail in the feathers and beak.

  16. Hating to sound like a broken record but you really make such fabulous photos at the zoo. These are so fine once again and one odd bird indeed.

  17. Fascinating bird, his beak does indeed look like wood. Odd but very beautiful isn’t he!

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