The Rain Prophet (2017)

This is a portrait of a Southern Ground Hornbill. These amazing long-living birds are listed as 'vulnerable' in Southern Africa due to the fact that their nesting sites (large tree cavities)are hard to come by and diminishing due to tree logging and elephant damage .The dominant male and female pair up for life and breed irregularly with a chick only produced every 6 years or so. The booming hoo hoo hoo-hoo duet call that can be heard over great distances, is traditionally connected with nearing rain. Finding, watching and photographing them in the Kruger National Park while they browse and scavenge for lizards, snails, small mammals and even snakes, is always a thrill and privilege.
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The Rain Prophet

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