A wildlife photographer’s journey in search of hornbills
The rumbling noise of steam engine was heard from far away. The wing beat of Great Indian Hornbills are similar to those of the sound of steam engines. Dr S S Suresh, a Keralite and a doctor working in Oman, was able to capture the beauty of the bird on his camera from Nelliampathi. He shines in the role of wildlife photographer in his leisure time.
Indian ornithologist and naturalist Dr Salim Ali has made the Great Indian Hornbills eternal through his writings and observations. He was able to create an awareness among the people in birdwatching and research. Dr Suresh is one among those tracing his footsteps.
During a vacation in Kerala, Suresh set on in search of hornbills in forests. He visited Nelliampathi, Athirappilly and Thattekad.
He was able to capture a unique picture of Malabar Gray Hornbill, from Thattekad.
There are four types of hornbills including the Great Indian Hornbills, in western Ghats. These are mainly seen in forests of Parambikulam, Thekkady, Nelliampathi and Pooyamkutty.