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Copyright: Mattias Regnell (MattiasR) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 25 W: 16 N: 84] (290)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-17
Categories: Mammals, Humorous, Savannah
Camera: Olympus Cameida SP-500 UZ
Exposure: f/3.3, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Wildlife of Africa [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-08-01 11:05
Viewed: 6034
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello Everyone!
I saw this African Buffalo, also called the Cape Buffalo in The Mara. He had a few hitchhikers on his back. I asked the guide why so many birds stay on the buffalos back and he tolde me that they are having there dinner. They pick ticks and other animals of the buffalos back so you could say they do each other a favour. The buffalo gives the birds a free ride and a meal and the birds free the buffalo of all the small ticks and other bugs. Great isnt it.

Some facts from Wikipedia
Binomial name: Syncerus caffer
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
(unranked) Synapsida
(unranked) Mammaliaformes
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Bovidae
Genus: Syncerus

The African Buffalo is a bovid from the family of the Bovidae. It is up to 1.7 meters high, 3.4 meters long, and can reach a weight of 900 kilograms.

It is a very powerful creature, demanding respect from even a pride of lions when paths cross. Other than humans, they have few natural predators and are capable of defending themselves against (and sometimes kill) lions, however lions sometimes kill and eat buffalo. The leopard is a threat only to newborn calves. Crossbreeding with domestic cattle has had only limited success, and the African Buffalo remains a wild animal.

Known as one of the "big five" in Africa, the Cape Buffalo can be a volatile and formidable beast. It is reputedly the most dangerous game animal.

Cape Buffalo prefer areas of open pasture, close to jungle and swampy ground where they can wallow. They are found in Ethiopia, Somalia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique,South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania.

The main herd consists of all sexes and ages, though bachelor groups are also found. A male is recognizable by the thickness of his horns, and is called the "Boss." Bulls mature at eight years of age. Cows first calve at five years of age, after a gestation period of 11.5 months.

Im sorry that i dont have any info on the birds, but i have no idea what kind it is, if anyone does please help me :)

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-08-01 13:34]

Very nice capture, Mattias!
You really managed to get a great moment...but i'm sure it's not too much for him to carry around :))
Very nice POV, lovely warm light, nice colors and god framing.
Bravo and TFS


Well captured despite the Back Lighting. A very interesting subject you have posted and it shows good POV, Composition and detail. TFS,

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-08-03 3:40]

Hi Mattias,
What a great shot! I love all those birds on the back of the buffalo. Sharp details and good light.
I also like the way those dainty grasses show up against the buffalo's body. Very good composition.
TFS. : )

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