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.
© Barbara Fleming.
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||March 24, 2016, 5:35 p.m.