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Alex Jordan

Field Guide

Born in Cape Town, Alex grew up on a family wine estate in Stellenbosch. Spending much of his young life outdoors, Alex went on many a holiday into Southern Africa’s national parks and wild areas. After finishing high school, he completed a number ...

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on Hornbills Nesting: Weird and Wonderful

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Stunning shot of the southren yellow hornbill staring down Alex. Love watching hornbills. We were fortunate to see a nest with the female inside and the male bringing her food. Always nice to see the ground hornbills.

Alex Jordan
Field Guide

Thank you very much. It took many attempts at getting the “hornbill stare” perfectly symmetrical. Very lucky finding a nest and watching their behaviour.

Denise Vouri
Digital Tracker

Fascinating-I won’t look at hornbills in the same way again. The photo of the young hornbill peeking through the slit is stunning. Thank you.

Alex Jordan
Field Guide

it truly is fascinating. Thank you

Dina Petridis
Explorer

great pictures!!

Alex Jordan
Field Guide

Thank you Dina

Darlene Knott
Senior Digital Ranger

Alex, this is a fascinating article. I love the photos too, especially the one with the eye looking back at you from the slit in the tree and the one of the beautiful flying Southern ground hornbill! Thanks for all the information!

Alex Jordan
Field Guide

I am glad you enjoyed it. Thank you.

Lucie Easley
Senior Digital Ranger

Thanks, Alex, for these beautiful pictures and nice description of the different hornbills. The ground hornbill is an amazing bird which I’ve seen several times but never in flight. I was fortunate once to have the deck of my tent next to a tree where the female was being fed by the male through the small slit. It was wonderful to watch them as often as I could while in that camp.

Alex Jordan
Field Guide

Southern Ground hornbills look so tranquil in flight and are incredibly beautiful when they take to the wing. What an amazing and lucky viewing with nesting hornbills you could spend hours with.

Kelly Bernard
Explorer

Very nice article, thanks Alex. I learnt a lot. Awesome picture of the southern ground hornbill in flight, thanks for sharing; and also the nest with the southern yellow billed peering out, very cool!!!

Alex Jordan
Field Guide

Thank you Kelly

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Great post! I actually found red-billed hornbills nesting in the garden we were staying at in Maun on New Years Eve.

Alex Jordan
Field Guide

Incredible. Sit with a nest and watch their unique behaviour. It’s amazing.

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