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Good food here
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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: 2008-10-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Sigma 170-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO Ultra DG, Soligor UV
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-08 8:26
Viewed: 4869
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Red Billed Oxpeckers are visitors of mostly all mammals in the park. This one is on the back of a buffel.
Thanks for looking


The Red-billed Oxpecker is a member of the starling and myna family Sturndidae. It is native to the Savannah of sub-Saharan Africa, from the Central African Republic east to Sudan and south to northern and eastern South Africa.

It is basically an insect eater, but gets its name from its habit of feeding on ticks and other insects living on the hides of large animals. While it is claimed that it can eat up to 100 engorged ticks a day this is often secondary as its favourite food is blood which it sources by opening tick bites with its beak. It is even claimed it will stop wounds from healing to ensure an ongoing supply of blood.

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Wspaniałe zdjęcie Vivian,
Niezmiernie ostre i wielkie kolory.
To jest rodzaj obrazu, który robi, że tylko chcesz przyglądać się w i ucieszyć się tym jest pięknem.
Dobrze zrobiony!!
Marx

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-03-08 8:56]

Hallo Vivian,
In Afrika heb ik ze meerdere malen gezien, maar zo close nog nooit. Prachtige opname in uitstekende scherpte. Misschien dat er iets meer contrast in de foto mag, maar het is en blijft een beauty!. Erg goede pose ook. Uitstekende compositie.
Groet,
Peter

hello Vivian
Super plaatje
mooie scherpe opname
goed van kleur en de details zijn super
great shot

ps de krab kwam weer te voorschijn ze zijn erg schuw ,als je aankomt lopen duiken ze weg
Dus!!moet je even wachten,je kent dat wel
groetjes lou

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-03-08 11:23]

Hi Vivian. I must say this is a very good picture indeeed. Your close up of the bird has sharp focusing and fine detail. with natural colours. You have delt with the strong light so well. The bright colours of the eye stand out from the rest o the picture. well done TFS.
Nick..

Hi Vivian
wonderful capture for one of famous birds of Africa. you captured greatly Oxpecker on a Buffalo shoulder. Great POV, focus, eyes contact and composition. coloration also superb. thanks for sharing. best wishes
Ahmet

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2009-03-08 12:02]

very nice one Vivian,
good capture, fine quality, very nice photo job here, I like it, have a nice evening.
regard jaap

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-03-08 12:48]

Hi Vivian.
Once more great shot from you. I like pictured scene, its framing so much. Details, sharpness are incredible as well as all other components of this masterpiece. Bravo.
Alexei.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-03-08 13:01]

Hi Vivian,
Very nice capture.I lşiked clear details,POV,exposure,sharpness and composition a lot.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-03-08 14:19]

Hello Vivian,
beautiful photo. Great details on this image. Exelent sharpness and very colorful Red Billed Oxpeckers.
Best regards Siggi

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2009-03-12 12:36]

Hallo Vivian , Dit is een fantastisch foto ,wat een mooie vogel prachtige kleur snavel en oog , mooie pose en kleuren , Groeten teunie .

Hi Viv,
again a great shot, with wonderfull details and colours.
I will travel to Namibia in July and i hope to get such beautiful pictures as you show us on TN.
regards
Pierre

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