This is Soraya (although everyone calls her YaaYaa) a White Crested (Long tailed) Hornbill from Ghana. We have a definite love/hate relationship. Her keepers think she is getting more used to me because rather than swooping at me, she now lets me get very close. Too close. (I am on to her though...while she thinks she is lulling me into a false sense of security by letting me get closer and closer to her so she can one day peck my eyes out, I am debating whether she will taste better with a stuffing of wild mushrooms, leeks, bacon and pistachios or wild rice, brandied cherries and fried sage leaves. And yes, I whisper these and countless other possibilities to her while we are shooting.
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