[an error occurred while processing this directive]

Zoom In

Hotspot: The Philippines

<< Back to Feature Page

View exclusive photographs and get the facts behind the frame.

Zoom In Thumbnail 1
Click to ZOOM IN >>

Zoom In Thumbnail 2
Click to ZOOM IN >>

Zoom In Thumbnail 3
Click to ZOOM IN >>

Zoom In Thumbnail 4
Click to ZOOM IN >>

Zoom In Thumbnail 5
Click to ZOOM IN >>

Hotspot: The Philippines Zoom In 1

Primal Real Estate
Photograph by Tim Laman

Unique to the Philippine islands of Panay and Negros, a Walden’s hornbill clings to the hollow tree in which he nests. The distinctive structure at the top of the bill, called a casque, helps hornbills project their harsh call cross the canopy. This species and the forests it inhabits are both critically endangered. Commercial logging and slash-and-burn agriculture have spared only 7 percent of the original lowland forests that once blanketed the Philippines.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS1v
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia 100F shot at 200
Lens: Canon 600 mm f/4 I
Speed and F-Stop: approx. 1/125 @ f/4
Weather Conditions: Overcast
Time of Day: Late morning
Lighting Techniques: Natural light
Special Comments: Getting this shot required a four-day trek into remote intact forest and cooperation with researchers from the Philippine Endangered Species Conservation Project who had located the nest. I also spent days hidden in a cramped blind on a very steep slope overlooking the nest tree. The male visited the nest about once every two hours.

© 2002 National Geographic Society. All rights reserved. Privacy Policy       Advertising Opportunities       Masthead

National Geographic Magazine Home Contact Us Forums Shop Subscribe