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Good morning ....TGIF
Thank you for the amazing response to my zebra ..... also to Christine (Cookie Monster) for her Oscar UA, I was chuffed.
Today the Oxpecker (Buphagus)....is a passerine bird in the starling and myna family sturnidae. They are native to the savannah of sub-Saharan Africa, from the Central African Republic and south to northern and eastern South Africa.
The red billed Oxpecker nests in tree holes lined with hair plucked from animals it feeds on. It lays 2 - 5 eggs, with 3 being the average. Outside the breeding season it forms large chattering flocks. They eat insects and can mostly be seen on the backs of wildebeest, zebra, giraffe and rhino to name a few. An adult can eat up to 100 engorged ticks a day or more than 12,00 larvae in a day. So they really are natures way of helping to relieve the animals of the burden of ticks.
However, their preferred food is blood and while they may take ticks bloated with blood, they also feed on it directly, pecking at the mammals wounds to keep them open to more parasites.
The versions are just a few more captures of oxpeckers. These oxpeckers were sitting on wildebeest and there were a lot of flies buzzing around their heads.
Have a nice day GrinGrin

Camera:Nikon D5100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:70-300mm f/4-5.6 G
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:7 Jun 2013 - 3:27 PM
Focal Length:260mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.1
Shutter Speed:1/500sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:Red billed oxpecker
Username:ColleenA ColleenA
Uploaded:31 Jan 2014 - 4:19 AM
Tags:Re billed oxpecker, Wildlife / nature
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Lynniesefforts e2 Member 3Lynniesefforts vcard Australia
31 Jan 2014 - 4:39 AM

What a lovely fella, beautiful reds with the eyes and beak.. Another wild life beauty Colleen.. Wonderful images ..

Lynette Grin

LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom99 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2014 - 5:25 AM

Splendid set, absolutely love versions 6 & 7.

Andysnapper e2 Member 6106 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2014 - 6:33 AM

That is a fantastic series of shots Colleen. In the first the little bird looks like a baby penguin and V6 with them all on the buffalo's head is a stunning image.

I need to set up a UA but in the meantime you can have my 'imaginary UA of the day'....sound of trumpets blaring triumphantly.


WesternRed e2 Member 3WesternRed vcard Australia
31 Jan 2014 - 6:36 AM

Eight lovely captures with V6 and V8 superb. Well done Colleen.

prabhusinha e2 Member 6prabhusinha vcard India3 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2014 - 6:57 AM

V 5 to V8 are stunning . Very 2 well taken. Even the hoovering insects are also seen .

ddolfelin e2 Member 354 forum postsddolfelin vcard Wales2 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2014 - 7:01 AM

V1 & 6 for me, Colleen but I'd have been thrilled to get any of them.
Brilliant shots!

31 Jan 2014 - 7:13 AM

More stunning shots for your book Colleen. Superb photography. Smile


kuvailija e2 Member 3kuvailija vcard Finland
31 Jan 2014 - 7:17 AM

Stunning images , all of them ,but V6 is my absolute favourite ! - Excellent , Colleen! GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin --- Jukka.Smile

pentaxpatty e2 Member 1pentaxpatty vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2014 - 7:26 AM

These are stunning and as I have just remarked to Simon, thank you too for a trip around Africa to see and enjoy the wonderful wild life. V6 for me. But all of fantastic. PattyGrin

barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2014 - 7:32 AM

What an exciting selection....never heard of these birds before
Thanks for the introduction
Have you heard what Germaine Greer is up to???
Really interesting and all power to the lass a proper start for us humans...
Doubt it will catch on and she does have the finances
White Beech.....is her book about it.

JohnoP e2 Member 9JohnoP vcard
31 Jan 2014 - 7:57 AM

Fantastic Colleen! Lovely images, especially V6, and very interesting description! John

31 Jan 2014 - 8:05 AM

A wonderful set Colleen. V6 for me also GrinGrin


Mollycat e2 Member 1Mollycat vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2014 - 8:06 AM

Think we are all agreed on V6. Andy's right, my first thought was very penguin like. This is a superb set of pictures Colleen. GrinGrinGrin Peter.

Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
31 Jan 2014 - 8:19 AM

Super set Colleen,

31 Jan 2014 - 8:25 AM

Great photos Colleen, especially V6. They are beautiful little birds despite their disgusting diet. Stillif they keep down the number of ticks I am all for them.


781969  1 India
31 Jan 2014 - 9:02 AM

You really capture very seriously,really vey well captured.

gwynn56  378 forum posts England
31 Jan 2014 - 9:14 AM

nice capture , a shot of red eye tooWink

fentiger  13915 forum posts England22 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2014 - 9:21 AM

A great set of images supported by excellent background info.


DicksPics e2 Member 3DicksPics vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2014 - 9:23 AM

What a brilliant set, Colleen - I just love V6 and the choir bird in V7!!SmileSmile


31 Jan 2014 - 9:48 AM

a fine set Colleen and the narrative finishes it all very well so thanks for that


WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41116 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England137 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2014 - 10:17 AM

v6 my favourite with the 'host' included. A very good set, Colleen.


Fred263 e2 Member 2Fred263 vcard United Kingdom
31 Jan 2014 - 10:28 AM

Bravo, Colleen. Amazing set of images. V6 is my favourite.


ValeryAst  2 Russian Federation
31 Jan 2014 - 10:41 AM

Great set, Colleen! My favorite is number 7, where he shouts - "Hey, guys, go to me, I have found a lot of fatty fleas!Smile
Thanks Colleen!Smile
Regards valery

Last Modified By ValeryAst at 31 Jan 2014 - 10:41 AM
JuBarney e2 Member 3JuBarney vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2014 - 10:44 AM

A really lovely set and V6 is a super detailed shot.

NaturesHaven e2 Member 3260 forum postsNaturesHaven vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2014 - 10:59 AM

V7 is a classic...........When I'm Calling You.............GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

Irishkate e2 Member 431 forum postsIrishkate vcard United Kingdom76 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2014 - 11:00 AM

An amazing set Colleen with V6 and V7 my choices for today.
Interesting narrative also.
Kate GrinGrin

ali63 e2 Member 2527 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2014 - 11:16 AM

Wonderful series of images Colleen,

Ali GrinGrin

rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2014 - 11:17 AM

Cape Buffalo's friends, always on the job Colleen.

TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2014 - 11:28 AM

What a wonderful looking bird Smile An excellent set, with a very interesting write-up, too, Colleen Smile I love V6, so this has to be my fave in the set Wink
Trev Smile

SlowSong e2 Member 64838 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2014 - 11:48 AM

What a gorgeous set, and so unusual. I swear I thought this was a stuffed toy when I first saw V1. Grin

BarbaraR  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2014 - 11:57 AM

V6 is my favourite.
Great captures.


Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2014 - 12:01 PM

V6 needs it own uploading that is most impressive!!
and V8 is a great sharp shot too
amazing birds here Colleen
well shot

EileenH  1 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2014 - 12:29 PM

Beautiful bird, great setSmile


Cookie_Monster e2 Member 2Cookie_Monster vcard Germany1 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2014 - 1:36 PM

Learn something every day! Thank you for providing the interesting details on this unusal looking bird,
Superb series. V6 my favourite.

Mike_Smith e2 Member 7204 forum postsMike_Smith vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2014 - 3:04 PM

Cracking set of shots these Colleen, these birds provide a great service to the animals then

ukgubbi e2 Member 3ukgubbi vcard India
31 Jan 2014 - 3:20 PM

Very informative. I like their natural habitat. Lovely shots of these cute birds.

mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2014 - 3:22 PM

They look comical little birds here Colleen !!
V6 for me.
Good set.

brandish e2 Member 1brandish vcard United Kingdom
31 Jan 2014 - 3:24 PM

Very good Colleen,V6 outstanding,love the series,love the animal.Saw many on my trips to Kenya,very often in the company of the white Rhino.

marshfam19 e2 Member 6marshfam19 vcard United Kingdom
31 Jan 2014 - 4:07 PM

Great set of images, well captured.

Mary Grin

AnnChown e2 Member 5192 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2014 - 4:13 PM

I love these little birds - but I've never been as close to them as this. v8 is my favourite as I think it's the sharpest and the light is so lovely.

ChristineD e2 Member 9ChristineD vcard England
31 Jan 2014 - 4:31 PM

a fantastic series of shots, all are good, my favourite is v7

Brian65 e2 Member 5Brian65 vcard United Kingdom
31 Jan 2014 - 4:33 PM

What a great set Colleena.

lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2014 - 4:37 PM

A fascinating set colleen, especially for us who've never seen one.

John Smile

EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2014 - 4:50 PM

Great set - love V7.

GeorgePlatis e2 Member 1GeorgePlatis vcard Greece1 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2014 - 6:06 PM

Excellent captures especially V6, Colleen!

mistere e2 Member 1mistere vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2014 - 6:08 PM

I got to V4 before i was convinced this was a real bird, i was sure it was a stuffed toy for a while, what an amazing little creature, so colourful and cute.
V6 is a superb picture and i would like to give my UA for that image. The look on the poor wildebeest's face, a real friday afternoon feeling if ever there was one.
V8 is also great. Excelent set Colleen Very nice work.


Last Modified By mistere at 31 Jan 2014 - 6:10 PM
gss  1 Romania1 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2014 - 6:25 PM

Woww! Excellent set; as I Watch discovery & national geographic very often, I Knew something about those birds, but in your set they are gorgeous, and thanks for additional info,. Great, amazing pictures. Thanks for sharing!

31 Jan 2014 - 6:59 PM

WOW ! GREAT set !!!

netta1234 e2 Member 2214 forum postsnetta1234 vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2014 - 8:15 PM

SmileSmileSmileSmileGorgeous set ColleenSmileSmileSmile

Jenny-D e2 Member 4Jenny-D vcard United Kingdom
31 Jan 2014 - 8:49 PM

Wonderful set of images Colleen.

Jenny Smile

Nikonuser1 e2 Member 2Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2014 - 9:08 PM

Great set of images and agreat write up Colleen, love V6 the look on his face!!!!


dark_lord Critique Team 101505 forum postsdark_lord vcard England145 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2014 - 9:11 PM

Looks like V6 is the stand out image for many, as it is for me.
You're giving Simon a run for his money, Colleen Grin


Holmewood e2 Member 2Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
31 Jan 2014 - 10:37 PM

Brilliant set Colleen. V6 and V7 definitely my favourites. Cathy

Glostopcat e2 Member 8246 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2014 - 11:14 PM

What a tremendous set of images Colleen, I'm sure these will tick all the boxes for our man from Mombassa Safari Simon!Wink

Chinga e2 Member 4Chinga vcard United Kingdom
1 Feb 2014 - 9:16 PM

All outstanding images! Grin
V6 is my favorite! Grin

brian17302 e2 Member 2brian17302 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
1 Feb 2014 - 9:56 PM

Wonderful Oxpecker set with good narrativeGrin

BIGRY1 e2 Member 2BIGRY1 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
2 Feb 2014 - 7:26 PM

Wonderful images and description. V6 is a stunner!WinkGrin

annettep38 e2 Member 3188 forum postsannettep38 vcard France32 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2014 - 11:08 PM

v6 is fantastic and I like the mozzies in v1.

AnnJ  3 Scotland
3 Feb 2014 - 11:26 PM

A really fabulous set of images, Colleen, each one unique and great in its own right. Well done indeed. Ann.

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