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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.


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