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Redbilled Oxpecker

Redbilled Oxpecker
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Copyright: Jan Hendrik van Rooyen (janhendrik) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 363 W: 58 N: 667] (2392)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-02-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM
Exposure: f/11, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Kruger National Park 1, Birds of Southern Africa II, Eliz strange, exotic or little known species - 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-06-23 8:36
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Redbilled Oxpecker (Buphagus erythrorhynchus)

This picture was taken close to Berg-en-dal in the Kruger National Park. Here it is seen on the back of an Impala.


The Redbilled Oxpecker is about 9 inches (22 cm) long. It has a short, thick, red bill. The eyes are red and are surrounded by large, bright-yellow circles. The head, neck, wings, and tail are brown-gray; the undersides are pale yellow.


The Redbilled Oxpecker eats its host's skin parasites (like ticks and fleas), bothersome flies, and dead host skin. The oxpecker eats hundreds of ticks and flies each day. The oxpecker and its host mammal are symbionts (two different species who benefit from living together).

Distribution in Southern Africa:

Common in game reserves, but they can be rare where farming takes place due to livestock being dipped against parasites.

Eggs and Nests:

The Redbilled Oxpecker's nest is a hole in a tree (they do not form the hole, but find one). Females lay 1-5 eggs in each clutch. Both parents incubate the eggs.

SOURCE: Redbilled Oxpecker

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Hi Jan,
EXCELLENT!. Great quality light here. The colors and detail look superb on this fellow. Nice composition and framing here. Great camera work.

Hello Jan.
Brilliant shot! Excellent sharpness, perfect exposure, impeccable composition and, of course, great subject. Perhaps removing the grass stemming from the bird's back wouldn't be a bad idea. Congratulations,

Hi Jan,
Excellent capture.
Fantastic details, sharp, colors and composition.
Very well done!
TFS Malgosia

Hi Jan,

Another beauty, excellent capture and composition. Excellent work.


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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-06-23 9:49]

Hello Jan Hendrik
Pragtig my maat. Definitively one of the better photos I ever saw of this lovely bird. That yellow, red and black eye almost looks like the colours on a WWII war plane.
The composition is excellent, the colours are stunning, the details are amazing, the BG is well removed and OOF thus enhancing and complimenting the bird very well, and the exposure was absolutely perfect.
Very well done and TFS.

Gosh Jan, Everything looks fantastic :)
What a wonderful capture here. Not a nit!
A pleasure and Very well done!

Hi Jan
Très belle présentation de ce bel; oiseau qui se promèene sur le dos des autres.Les couleurs et les détails sont jolis.
Merci et bon week end...JP

Delightful image of this colourful bird on the back of an impala, Jan. What a lovely beak and eyes!
Superb POV and very sharp and clear focus.

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2006-06-23 11:57]

Great picture of this bird on Impala. Focus, DOF, BG and color are great.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2006-06-23 14:28]

Excellent picture of this bird I have never seen before. The colors and details are pefect.


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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-06-24 1:23]

Great to to see this nice bird on an Impala. Next time I want to see the Impala ;-) Colors, exposure, DOF and sharpness are very good ! I like the bird and its pose.
Congratulations Jan and thanks for sharing.


Well composed pic of the Oxpecker. The pic is Sharp, detailed with a good POV, DOF and BG. It is not always easy to get this close to them and not have them twitching all the time causing blurring. TFS,

superbes couleurs sur le bec et l'oeil.
il me semble qu'il est posé sur un fauve,quel courage.
beau travail.

I have thought that the fur was the ground in the smaller picture... Beautiful shot and very interesting bird

  • ewiczek Gold Star Critiquer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 0] (815)
  • [2006-06-24 20:08]

wonderfull capture the birds

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-06-24 20:24]

Hi Jan,
Excellent capture of Oxpecker.
I like your pov,dof,focus,sharpness,Eye-Beak details,colors,note,blurred bg and framing.Well Done.TFS

Hi Jan

This is a new bird to me. What a great looking charachter. Love the colours. Nicely composed. Well done.

Hello Jan,
A superb pose from your feathered friend!
I'm impressed by the technical quality, all is in the right place...
Well composed, and the clarity of colours is amazing!
Pablo -

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2006-07-04 16:57]

Hi jan ! What a wondeful bird ! I love the contrast between black plumage, and red beak and eye. Details, colors, composition, exposure, POV and DOF are really excellent. Nice to see the bird sitting on the back of the impala, it is quitevunusual, I love it ! Very well done !

  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-08-07 14:20]

Hi Jan, I love these birds, they have alot of character. Their eyes are fantastic. The comsposition is good and nice colours too. Well done.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-08-08 17:07]

Hello Jan Hendrik,
Excellent shot of a species I've not come across before. Great detail and perfect colours, excellent DOF with a beautiful BG. A very interesting note too, a great post.

Hi Jan. Very clear and well coloured composition. Interesting note. Murray.

Jan Hendrik,
Very beautiful shot.
Real music this one...

Hi, Jan.
Very nice one. I like a lot that it's sitting on antelope. Very good exposure and color. Sharp, with nice BG and compo.

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