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Have dinner with me

Have dinner with me
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Copyright: Vivian Droog (viv) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-05
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Sigma 170-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO Ultra DG, Soligor UV
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger a palette of Eden, they say.
Date Submitted: 2008-05-14 4:26
Viewed: 4457
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here an upload of the cute and wonderfull impala with a red billed oxpecker.
According to me you can see that they both like it.

The Red-billed Oxpecker is more common than the Yellow-billed, the latter is mainly found in northern Botswana and surrounding area.

You won't have to look very hard, you should find them where ever you see game. They clamber about on their hosts, searching for ticks and blood-sucking flies. It does not bother the host animal, in fact this parasite-cleaning service is just what the doctor's ordered.

They live in flocks and may sometimes be seen gathering on one animal before flying off.
They roost in their flock, and even help feeding each other's offspring.

Taking Oxpecker Pictures on Safari
You will need to be quick on the trigger to get decent pictures of these birds because their hosts normally move off when you get closer with your safari vehicle.

Your best bet is often a herd of impala because they are used to vehicles and not so skittish. Once you have isolated the animal on which the bird is feeding you will still need to be quick because it can fly away at any moment to another animal further away.

Thanks for looking

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Hi Vivian!
Great moment captured with this bird on neck and tongue outside;) Great quality and sharpness, good light and colours.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-05-14 5:35]

Hi Vivian,
Pose you captured is very nice :o) I like the colors, contrast and light. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-05-14 5:50]

Ha Vivian,

Schitterende opname,met mooi licht,de details zijn geweldig,mooi moment dat de impala net zijn tong uitsteekt,fraai werk,


Hi Vivian
Great capture with superb sharpness and detail
Very nice composition and pose, tfs jon

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2008-05-14 6:13]

Hi Vivian

great capture and a fantastic sharpness, good POV and DOF.

I like the colors and the main light that improves the objects.

well done.


prachtig Vivian.
zeer fraaie foto. de pov is geweldig en de kwaliteit is super.
dat vogeltje doe het machtig mooi daar doet me een beetje aan het goede werk van Callie de wet denken een andere Sud afrikaner. prachtig fotowerk.
groet Jaap

Wonderful image Vivian, an excellent POV and pose..X two :)
Very good detail, DOF, color, exposure, & eye contact.
Great BG also.
A pleasure to view, this one has that something special.
Perhaps it's that tongue sticking out at the photographer ;-}

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2008-05-14 12:05]

hi Vivian,
very nice shot with a small bird in the neck. Original and natural view, perfect dof, good sharpness.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-05-14 12:54]

Hi Vivian. The detail in this picture id first class. Sharp focusing and good use of the light which has given crisp colours. A bonus with the bird . very well done TFS.

PS. how close were you .

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-05-15 10:51]

Hallo Vivian,
Prachtige foto met een grootste timing in deze speciale compositie. Erg mooi licht en kleuren. Uitstekende scherpte. Kortom: een juweeltje.

Hallo Vivian,
Heel mooi moment en overal scherp.
Goed gedaan:-)

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-05-16 6:48]

Wow, Vivien, what an amazing scene.
I love the twisted pose of the impala, and that tongue stuck out.
And that oxpecker on his chest just takes that shot to another level.
Excellent composition with great details and colors.
TFS. : )

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