WPY 2017

Photograph Details

Finalist 2017

15–17 Years Old

Dhanu Paran, India

Hornbill losing patience

Dhanu had discovered where the great hornbills congregated and trekked the 22 kilometres to get there as often as possible. One day, a Nilgiri langur sat down opposite this bird as it was preening. As the hornbill flapped its annoyance and the langur retreated, Dhanu quickly framed the bird in striking profile, its magnificent wings outstretched.

Great hornbills prefer areas with large trees, like the Anaimalai Hills, and are often found nesting in tree cavities. Eye-catching hollow horns, or casques, top their large curved beaks. Sometimes used by male hornbills to clash with rivals in spectacular aerial ‘casque-butting’ displays, they are prized by hunters.

Technical specification

Canon EOS 7D Mark II; 100–400mm f4.5–5.6 lens at 400mm; 1/8000 sec at f6.3 (−1 e/v); ISO 1250.


Anaimalai Hills, Valparai, Tamil Nadu, India: latitude 10.324096, longitude 76.950485 Anaimalai Hills, Valparai, Tamil Nadu, India: latitude 10.324096, longitude 76.950485

Anaimalai Hills, Valparai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dhanu Paran

Dhanu Paran, India

Dhanu grew up in Pollachi, India, and has been taking photographs since he was 10 years old.