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Buffalo and red billed oxpecker?symbioisis by jozi1

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A red billed oxpecker(Buphagus erythrorhuncus) up close on the back of a cape buffalo(Syncerus caffer).It is uncertain whether this is true symbiosis or adaptive behaviour.The oxpeckers feed on whatever they can find on large mammals and it is believed the oxpeckers remove ticks from places the mammals can`t get to.Some newer data suggests that the mammals are more efficient than the birds at getting rid of ticks by their own cleaning methods.

Londolozi,South Africa

Canon 7d and canon 500mm lens f 7.1 1/800s iso 2500

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I am an amateur photographer and mostly photograph wildlife and have a special love for WILD big cats and birds.I am self taught and have never attended a course in photography.I exclusively photograph animals in the WILD which is always challenging! I use only canon equipment and now have 7d , t3i,and power shot 40 sx hs camera`s and use canon 28-135 mm,70-200mm f 2.8 ,100-400mm f 5.6,and 500mm f/4 lenses.

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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • Thanks,Ray :)

    – jozi1

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 2 years ago

    Wow, that’s the closest I’ve ever seen any part of a buffalo! Wonderful how interdependent these two vastly different creatures are. This is an amazing photo, Tony!

  • Many thanks,AuntDot ,can get really close to buffalo ,have to trust the ranger who understands animal behaviour,but the oxpecker and mammal interaction is fascinating :)

    – jozi1

  • Steve Randall
    Steve Randallover 2 years ago

    Symbiotic behaviour or just playing hide and seek (LOL). Beautiful capture Tony

  • Thanks my friend,i was kind of happy how this one turned out :)

    – jozi1

  • Macky
    Mackyover 2 years ago

    Wonderful POV!!

  • Thanks,Macky :)

    – jozi1

  • icesrun
    icesrunover 2 years ago

    Well he is getting a free ride!! He is a cute little guy on a big guy!

  • Thanks Ciana,in some way they each get something out of it :)

    – jozi1

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonabout 2 years ago

    December 19,2012

  • Thanks very much,Ann for the feature :)

    – jozi1

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallabout 2 years ago

    31 Jan. 2013.

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  • Many thanks,Elizabeth for the feature :)

    – jozi1

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