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The coast of Lima, Peru at dusk as seen walking the dog
Rainier's Alpenglow
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Red Ants In Flower
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A purple flower in the sight of the sun.
Cape buffalo with Yellow-billed Oxpecker
In Sovata near the Bear Lake.
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Blu Dream
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Bronze frog peeking out of backyard pond
14th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest
Cape buffalo with Yellow-billed Oxpecker

I was photographing a breeding herd of Cape buffalo which is always a challenge. These dark animals soak up the light, are often mud encrusted and rather cranky. It has been very tough for me to get any kind of shot of them that has pleased me despite many years of trying. This time I became fascinated with the active Yellow-billed Oxpecker flying on and around all the Buffalo and wondered what I might be able to make of all this activity. The challenge began to capture an Oxpecker in focus as it came in for a landing. The Yellow-billed Oxpecker is native to Africa and will perch on Cape buffalo as well as other mammals to eat the ticks and other parasites found on the animal.

TAGS: Africa, Mammal

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Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States of America
Member since 2016
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© Barbara Fleming.
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Image Source: digital
Date Taken: 11.2015
Total Views: 367
Filed Under: Natural World
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Date Uploaded: March 24, 2016, 5:35 p.m.
Camera Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Camera Model: NIKON D4S
Focal Length: 700mm
Shutter Speed: 1/1600
Aperture: f8
ISO: ISO1600
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