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Cleanings patrol

Cleanings patrol
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Copyright: Ralf Lukovic (ralfsworld) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 492 W: 93 N: 1903] (6560)
Rodzaj: Animals
Medium: Kolorowe
Data wykonania: 2005-08-06
Kategorie: Birds
Aparat: Canon 20D, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM
Wersja zdjęcia: Oryginalna wersja
Dodano: 2006-09-20 4:23
Oglądane: 4461
Ulubione: 1 [Widok]
Punkty: 21
[Noty - Informator] Notatki Autora
Captured in Tanzania, 20D @ 400mm, handheld from a car.
When we found this beautiful giraffe close to the dusty road I was really happy to see this guys cleaning giraffes legs. You can see 3 birds on my presentation. I hope you like it :)

The Red-billed Oxpecker, Buphagus erythrorhynchus, is a passerine bird in 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..

The Red-billed Oxpecker nests in tree holes lined with hair plucked from livestock. It lays 2-5, average 3, eggs. Outside the breeding season it forms large, chattery flocks.

The preferred habitat is open country, and the Red-billed Oxpecker eats insects. Both the English and scientific names arise from this species' habit of perching on large wild and domesticated mammals such as cattle and eating ticks. An adult will take nearly 100 engorged female Boophilus decoloratus ticks, or more than 12,000 larvae in a day.

This is a medium-sized passerine, 20 cm long with strong feet. The Red-billed Oxpecker has plain brown upperparts and head, buff underparts and a pale rump. The bill is red, and adults have a yellow eyering, both clear distinctions from the related Yellow-billed Oxpecker. Its flight is strong and direct, and the call is a hissy crackling trik-quisss.

This oxpecker will also clean wounds, but its useful parasite control is partially negated by its tendency to keep wounds open or create new ones.

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Hello ralf, nice shot of this 'patrol':
Good compo and excellent details.
Useful notes.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-09-20 4:40]

I love those Red-billed Oxpeckers, but to see them chatting to each other while getting a free ride on the Giraffe's legs is so comical. Great shot, well done and thanks for sharing,

Hi Ralf

What a great find! This is just brilliant. Love those legs belonging to a 'tall blonde' my favourite wild animal, and these beautiful birds feasting on parasites. Awesome! :-)

Great composition! Most people wouldn't have thought to do this.

The light is nice, but your photo might be a tad oversaturated, at least in the red channel. The Oxpecker beaks and eyes are so saturated they are no longer sharp on my monitor. It gives the photo a somewhat unnatural look.

Hi Ralf,
This is very funny and it is a phenomenon that I didn't know about :) Very good composition with excellent details, POV, DOF and colors. Thanks for this nice moment.
PS, I like this title

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2006-09-20 7:33]

Clever shot, beautiful composition and nice colours although the birds are a bit blurred.
TFS, Ulla

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-09-20 8:44]

Excellente prise Ralf!

Merci et félicitations pour la belle composition.

Very original, nice color and interesting composition. This is really beautiful shot
Well done!
:) Krzysztof.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5042 W: 260 N: 15594] (50624)
  • [2006-09-20 11:16]

Hej Ralf,
Great shot of these happy oxpeckers and I have never seen a picture of them on the hosts' legs: they are usually seen on the body or neck.
Tack för det!
Hälsningar, Ivan

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2006-09-20 21:12]

Hola Ralf.- Una muy bella foto, muy original. Tu nota es muy buena.
Saludos Luis52.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2271 W: 64 N: 4205] (13964)
  • [2006-09-29 3:40]
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Great capture Ralf, I have missed this.Very creative composition, excellent POV , colors, sharpness and framing. Very well seen. TFS

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  • pic Silver Star Critiquer [C: 20 W: 0 N: 5] (191)
  • [2006-10-02 14:06]


It's a very interesting subject. Congratulation.

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