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Red-billed hornbill's nest

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#1 Bush dog

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Posted 06 May 2016 - 12:52 PM

This was seen in March, this year at Selinda, Botswana.

 

Like other hornbills, to protect its nest, the female seals itself in a tree hollow.  It leaves a fissure.  The male feeds them, female and chicks, through it.

 

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In this case, the nest is close to the ground, at the level of the top of the crow feet, so at all predator’s mercy. The danger for the nest to be plundered is great.


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Posted 06 May 2016 - 01:09 PM

Great series and well spotted Mike!
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Posted 06 May 2016 - 05:19 PM

@Bush dog Thanks for posting this series seperately: it's taught me something and again shows that looking for small detail on safari can really reward you. How easy this would have been to overlook.


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Posted 06 May 2016 - 09:07 PM

@Game Warden

 

You would have asked me anyway to also post it in the birding section.  So, I simply forestall your demand.

 

A second series will follow tomorrow showing the plundering of another red-billed hornbill's nest by a raptor.


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Posted 07 May 2016 - 04:48 AM

Wow, that sounds interesting!
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Posted 07 May 2016 - 02:09 PM

@Bush dog

A great sequence of photos -fascinating to see


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Posted 07 May 2016 - 09:00 PM

In quieter times, compared to your other post the includes this topic.


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