Tree with a Crown

Taken at Tembe Elephant Park, South Africa

I had previously been aware of all of the different species of Hornbills in Southern Africa but some I didn’t think I would see until I moved to Kwa-Zulu Natal. On a visit to Tembe Elephant Park about a month ago, I realised that more common that the Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbill, is the Crowned Hornbill… in this area anyway! (For those used to visiting Kruger you’ll understand where I come from! I didn’t think the Yellow-Bills weren’t the most common in their distrubution.)

The other species include (though not all) the Trumpeter (which sound like crying babies so many say that the Zulu’s have left a baby in the bush), the Red-Billed (more common further north in Southern Africa and seen even in Eastern Africa) and the Ground Hornbill (the rarest of all, only having a successful offapring every 7 years on avaerage.)


–Alex Tweedie


(also, aplogies for the lack of posts lately, it seems the internet around Zulu-land is a little sparse compared to my old stomping grounds in Limpopo! I’m in the process of finding solutions though so in the meantime stay tuned for more wonderful photos from the Afrography Team!)



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