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Hornbill vs Chameleon...

Hornbill vs Chameleon...

Postby BushSnake » Mon Jan 28, 2008 11:04 am

At least it's not a roadkill! While at Mabula Game Reserve with some American friends we came accross some ground hornbill. They were walking towards us but then one of the juveniles turned and found this flapnecked chameleon. Moral of the story - if you're a chameleon, DON'T be seen.

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There has been quite a few cases lately of people stealing photos from the web (not from this site as far as I know) so I am trying different ways of marking the images. It's a bit frustrating having text written all over the photo but I'd rather do that than find my photos on a foreign website without credit!
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Postby Hemachatus » Mon Jan 28, 2008 11:11 am

Great pics.

What equipment did you use and at what distance?

Watermarks and text over pics have become the norm, so dont apologise.
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Postby mania » Mon Jan 28, 2008 11:29 am

Awesome sighting. That must be like a once in a life time sight im sure.
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Postby MrG » Mon Jan 28, 2008 12:14 pm

Exellent pics Andre and thanks for sharing. Poor cham. but its life I suppose. ;)
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Postby BushSnake » Mon Jan 28, 2008 2:17 pm

The pics was taken with a Canon 30D and a 70-300mm IS lens. After he killed the chameleon by breaking its neck, he carried it to the road and crushed it while watching us and then he gobbled it down in one piece.

It's impossible to protect non-threatened species (eg roadkilled chameleons, etc) but seeing as flapneck chameleons are food for ground hornbills, it should be an offence to drive over them. Just a thought!
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Postby Bushviper » Mon Jan 28, 2008 3:30 pm

Chameleons are protected and have the same protection as the ground hornbill. What do you do though when you witness it?

Thats life even though the hornbill should rather go get invasive birds and rodents.
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Postby alexander » Mon Jan 28, 2008 4:57 pm

excellent pics, these things must be lekker to take photos of, you just snap some shots each time they eat something interesting. We get the hadedahs and they go for our cape skinks.
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