Honka nem bilongim Kokomo by bobfoto

Honka nem bilongim Kokomo

Down Alotau way, in Milne Bay lies a cool place to stay called Napatana Lodge. Gretta, the owner, likes to look after injured wildlife and she oftens has a few birds in her care, like this female Kokomo or Blyth's Hornbill or Aceros plicatus.

Beautiful birds, and in the few days I stayed here, this bird grew comfortable enough, that she would often clean the earwax from my ears in the evening... I have two other stories about ears and these birds. Stay tuned.

Photo taken 20 May 2008 at Napatana Lodge, Alotau, MBP. Title reads: Honka is her name.
Wow, that is an impressive bird. It looks like her beak is huge - i'm not sure that I would let her put that beak near my ear! Great capture - her plumage is a gorgeous colour
May 17th, 2012  
Mel
HA! what a cool looking bird! such a metallic beak, I had a Kaka on my shoulder today not long after taking my waterfall shot, it just tugged at my jersey thou
May 17th, 2012  
Striking bird and pose. The light reflecting off her bill makes it look metallic, cool background too. Not sure I'd want my ears cleaned by her, I was always told never to put anything smaller than your elbow in your ear. She has great eyelashes and a coy look, I think she must of had a crush on you.
May 17th, 2012  
@stuckinoz - Like I say Janelle, stay tuned for more ear stories... She was really quite gentle, but that beak is Massssssive!

@emjay8 - Oh I love Kakas, such a cool bird! I'm off to check out your waterfall.
May 17th, 2012  
@robv - Her beak is larger then my elbow. And I am glad someone picked up on the eyelashes! These birds have the most gorgeous lashes second only to Cassowaries. I kinda had a crush on her too... ;)
May 17th, 2012  
what a magnificent bird. and hooray for Gretta. im faving this one too.
May 17th, 2012  
Brilliant capture, don't think I would let it that close.
May 17th, 2012  
I'd forgotten about hornbills, I love them. I met them in Sabah, Malaysia and I can still remember hearing them fly by, that whoosh whoosh sound - magnificent
May 17th, 2012  
Quite a bill there! Lovely capture of the feather detail too. Sounds like Gretta is doing an amazing job.
May 17th, 2012  
@pearlgirl - Oh thank you Reeni, I am glad you like my birdy shots! :)

@wenbow - Oh she was such a trusting bird.... except that beak!

@lbmcshutter - Yes, that whoosh whoosh whoosh was awesome! i have a story for you in November.
May 17th, 2012  
@alia_801 - Gretta is doing a very trying job. Bless her.
May 17th, 2012  
She looks like she has a secret smile going on there.
May 17th, 2012  
@onie - her smile was huge! It went up under her eye there!
May 17th, 2012  
wow what a stunner
May 17th, 2012  
fantastic shot, Jason. interesting.
May 17th, 2012  
You let Honka put her beak in your ear?
May 17th, 2012  
wow! lovely amazing bird:D
May 17th, 2012  
nice photo Jason , Gerry.
May 17th, 2012  
What an awesome bird. I like Gretta. She sounds like a kind person.
May 17th, 2012  
Definitely awesome,super detail!!
May 17th, 2012  
this is fabulous. An amazing bird I have never seen before....and never known to use a bird to extract ear-wax except on perhaps The Flintstones !
Still loving your stories and photos !
May 17th, 2012  
@houdiniem - they are an impressive bird!

@catsmeowb - Thank you Camille. :)

@kjarn - I didn't know she was gonna do it.... just thought she wanted to nibble on my lobe.

@snowflakes86 - thank you her flores, she was a sweet bird indeed.

@gerry - Cheers Gerry, thanks!

@sebella - Gretta is a lovely lady, and I hope to catch up with her next week.

@carolmw - Thanks Carol :)

@sharonaddison - They are a very primitive looking bird, and wonderful to see in flight!
May 17th, 2012  
That was a lot of trust to place in that huge bill! Impressive shot of a very interesting bird!
May 17th, 2012  
Your bravery has just entered new levels in my estimation. Either that or your beer consumption has just entered new levels in my estimation...!!
Fabulous shot of this bird though - he clearly became very comfortable with you.
May 17th, 2012  
Beautiful bird but don't think I'd want that sharp beak in my ear!
May 18th, 2012  
Interesting POV. Beautiful bird. I don't think I would let that bird near my ear with her big pointed beak.
May 18th, 2012  
fav fav fav fav. so you have a great deal of earwax hmm?
May 18th, 2012  
beautiful bird, great story and serious anticipation. FAV
May 18th, 2012  
@bobfoto kinda reminds me of a bird I saw in Gran Canaria, but have no photos as I was robbed whilst there :(
May 18th, 2012  
@grammyn - trust? Stupidity? all the same when things work out okay eh?

@filsie65 - I think Beer was consumed at Napatana Lodge.... not sure if I remember eh?

@beckys - oh she was such a gentle bird...

@daisy - What said to BeckyS... ;)

@luvthyclassics - especially in the right ear.... that one is a machine!

@tonydebont - anticipation is worth it, there are two awesomesauce stories to come.

@houdiniem - Grand Canary? Where is that? And I sad that you was robbed.
May 18th, 2012  
eewww nothing like a fetish for ear wax!!! Awesome shot of this fantastic bird!
May 18th, 2012  
@bobfoto it comes under Spain, it's an island. I get robbed everytime I go to Spain
May 18th, 2012  
@bobfoto LOL! I really like you Jason!
May 18th, 2012  
@grammyn - Oh thank you Katy, I've got a smile now... well more like a big dumb cheesy grin!

@houdiniem - and I thought unemployment was high in Spain, they is obviously working at something?

@trude - Thanks Trude, thank you. :D
May 18th, 2012  
Looks like it has gold leaf all over it's beak. Are you sure that's not an ornament placed on your mantlepiece?
May 18th, 2012  
@kareen - the Huli Wigmen of the Southern Highlands wore the top part of the beak as an adornment.
May 18th, 2012  
I agree, the bill looks very metallic, and love the little eyelashes... she looks feminine.
May 18th, 2012  
@hellcat - there will be a boy shot later. ;)
May 18th, 2012  
oh my gosh, it does not look real.. its stunning
May 18th, 2012  
@michelleyoung - oh she was real alright! Held quite an audience she did!
May 18th, 2012  
Woot!
May 18th, 2012  
Stunning shot, and all I can say is you must have had very dirty ears.
May 19th, 2012  
what a fabulous looking bird... love your pov on her...
May 19th, 2012  
@bobfoto THAT'S why I like you!!
May 19th, 2012  
@hellcat - Toot!

@swilde - does dirty ears equate to wax?

@northy - Thanks Northy, she was on the window sill next to me.

@grammyn - Big dumb cheesy grin, just got dumber....
May 19th, 2012  
@bobfoto. LOL!
May 19th, 2012  
WOW! Is that made of gold?? Pretty cool!
May 21st, 2012  
whaaaa?!!? it cleaned your ear for real?? lol. That made me giggle! i would have liked to have seen a shot of THAT!! lol.
May 30th, 2012  
@lbmcshutter - I said November... ooops.
November 17th, 2012  
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