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06 June 2013 @ 06:00 am
Kitsnaps: Abyssinian Hornbill  

Abyssinian Hornbill
Abyssinian Hornbill
This magnificently ugly fellow is Ted’s nemesis at the zoo. Every time they’ve encountered each other, the hornbill defends his territory like crazy. Ted wasn’t with us when I took this, and the hornbill was showing off mightily for his lady friend, so I got some great pictures. :)

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

Kari Sperringla_marquise_de_ on June 6th, 2013 10:29 am (UTC)
Doesn't he have lovely eyelashes!
Catherine: gingerbreadsharpwords on June 6th, 2013 05:26 pm (UTC)
That was exactly my first reaction! (Why do the ugliest guys get to have the nicest eyelashes?)
kitmizkit on June 6th, 2013 06:39 pm (UTC)
I've read a theory that (human, anyway) males have disproprionatly thick eyelashes to help keep dust and grit out of their eyes while out hunting. Presumably this survival trait helps them to breed even if they're ugly. :)
The One and Onlytechnocowboy on June 6th, 2013 10:57 am (UTC)
That is a *stunningly* beautiful picture. The detail is amazing.
Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on June 6th, 2013 11:03 am (UTC)
Wow--it looks like a statue. Do you have a picture of the whole creature?
kitmizkit on June 6th, 2013 06:40 pm (UTC)
Iiiiiiiiii don't think so but I'll check. The problem is that a shot like this is taken through the mesh cage, which at this telephoto range blurs out, but a longer shot shows the cage clearly. If I don't have one, though, I'll take one for you next time I get a chance. :)
Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on June 7th, 2013 11:37 am (UTC)
See that you do! (Pretty please)
Kevenn: Humphrey Curious Boikevenn on June 6th, 2013 12:59 pm (UTC)
I didn't even know birds could have eyelashes!
Alix (Tersa): Castle - Teatimetersa on June 6th, 2013 04:03 pm (UTC)
I'm more amused that Ted is his nemesis and how he reacts to him. *chortle*
kitmizkit on June 6th, 2013 06:41 pm (UTC)
seriously, it's this whole alpha male thing! And when that critter raps on something with his monster beak, the echo is huge and loud! and he moves FAST!
Lauratavella on June 6th, 2013 04:25 pm (UTC)

That's seriously prehistoric looking.
Zita HildebrandtZedAitch on June 6th, 2013 04:51 pm (UTC)
You mean he doesn't come from the Abyss? I think he'd look good in purple :-)
Chrysoulachrysoula on June 6th, 2013 05:45 pm (UTC)
What a great photograph & commentary, and what an interesting animal. I wonder how the horn gets so flat on the front.