Two male Malabar pied hornbills locking their beaks mid air in Dandeli, Karnataka, India.

Awarded: SECOND PRIZE

Competition: SANCTUARY ASIA WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS

Year: 2007

Where: INDIA

Description: AT LOGGERHEADS

Two males took off from a fruiting tree flying side-by-side. Suddenly they turned, faced each other, and bumped their beaks mid-air. They turned back and continued their flight. This type of behaviour in hornbills is known as casque butting. It had not been recorded until the time I made this picture in 2007.
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