Great Hornbill Scape

I have always wanted to photograph hornbills with the rainforest canopy in which they live in. I am in general a fan of animal in its habitat kinda photography and yesterday I was lucky enough to photograph this in Anamalais tiger reserve.

Great Hornbill in Anamalais

There were two of them and they kept on hopping from one tree to another. Because of the rains and the clouds, the light was very low and this is one of the sharpest photograph that I could actually manage. Frankly did not expect to see too many Great Hornbills during the monsoons, but wildlife always throws those surprises at you.


  1. Anush Shetty · June 22, 2009 Reply

    Lovely. Waiting for more pics from Valparai πŸ™‚

  2. Kunal · June 22, 2009 Reply

    Beautiful shot. It seems you are atop the highest tree and looking down at the Hornbills to click their shots.

  3. Siddharth · June 22, 2009 Reply

    Beauty… did you get to see any LTMs in Valparai ? How is Divya n the NCF team doing πŸ™‚ ?

  4. Prashanth · June 23, 2009 Reply

    Bery Bery nice. πŸ™‚ TFS

  5. Adarsh · June 23, 2009 Reply

    Very Nice, How could you manage to get so much light?

    • kalyan · June 23, 2009 Reply

      @Adarsh It was in the middle of the day, so the light was good enough.. but just about good enough as lot of the other shots has bit of a blur in the hornbill or in the landscape.

  6. Priya Nair · June 23, 2009 Reply

    Amazing shot…have the same question as Adarsh..

  7. Manasa · June 23, 2009 Reply

    Beautiful shot. Hoping to see much more. πŸ™‚

  8. Milind · June 23, 2009 Reply

    Good one… Wish I had joined the trip and am eagerly waiting for more pictures..

  9. Meera · June 23, 2009 Reply

    Beautiful shot…waiting fro more amazing stuff..!!…but where were u perched while taking this shot??

  10. Meera · June 23, 2009 Reply

    Beautiful shot…waiting for more amazing stuff..!!…but where were u perched while taking this shot??

  11. Radha · June 24, 2009 Reply

    After ages of just admiring your pictures and wishing I was there to see that, I can finally say, “I was there!!!” πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  12. vivek alva · June 30, 2009 Reply

    hi kalyan… man i truly loved ya pictures… i actually was surfin net coz i felt i saw a very rare species today…so bumped into ya blog..was around kudremukh today… i saw a large squirrel.. feel it was malabar giant.. but i still got doubts.. had a round nose and the body was totally golden brown… i needed some feedback about this if its possible.. n by the way if ya come down here please let me know… i dont mind joining your expeditions.. i love nature

  13. Dinesh Hegde · February 10, 2010 Reply

    Kalyan Sir,
    the light is perfect! the composition right on spot and the really we have to apreciate the spot your were. Were you on a cliff or something! I have started admiring your photos and adding this to my fav pics collection
    What is the lens used 500mm?

  14. Prashanth Aiyappa · February 11, 2010 Reply

    Was this photo taken at ‘Seen God’ by any chance?

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