The knobbed hornbill
Friends ask me why I go to the San Diego Zoo once a week. I have a couple of answers.
First, because I can. I have an annual pass. A one-one day ticket to the Zoo costs $42, as does a one-day ticket to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. My annual pass costs me $149 a year, and it lets me in free for an unlimited number of times to both the Zoo and the Safari Park. Thus I only need to go four times to get a return on my investment. If I go 104 times annually, 52 times to each park…………
Second, taking time out to visit the wildlife at the two parks (as well as SeaWorld, where I also have an annual pass) provides me with an opportunity, and a great place, to relax.
Third, picture-taking opportunities are different each time I go. There are many critters that I don’t have pictures of yet, and there are many more critters for which I’m hoping to get that perfect picture. Yesterday I got my two best pictures of the Knobbed Hornbill (Aceros cassidix):
Part of the problem in getting a good picture of these birds is that they are in an exhibit with very fine wires, as you can see in the background. The exterior front of the exhibit is bushes, which do a great job of preventing photographers from getting close enough to the wires so that the camera doesn’t focus on them. Combine that with where the birds like to hang out in their exhibit — up close near the front wires — and it’s virtually impossible to get a good picture of these wonderful birds.
If one is using a point & shoot camera, which aren’t great at letting the photographer control the depth of field (depth of focus), inevitably the wires are in the picture. For those using DSLR cameras, we have to hope that the birds are far enough behind the wires to let our cameras focus on the birds instead of the wires. Yesterday, they were.
Knobbed hornbills are endemic to Indonesia and are listed as a vulnerable species on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
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Posted on July 30, 2012, in Birds, Fauna, Mother & Father Nature, Photos, Zoo & Safari Park and tagged knobbed hornbill pictures, safari park pictures, san diego pictures, san diego zoo pictures. Bookmark the permalink. 29 Comments.