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Red-billed Oxpeckers

The Red-billed Oxpecker (Buphagus erythrorhynchus) is a bird which perches on the backs, necks and faces of large mammals where they feed on ticks, botfly larva and other parasites, but they also reopen healing wounds and use open ones to drink the blood of their hosts. Shot hand-held in the Tuli area of Botswana with a Nikon D90 and Nikkor 70-300mm zoom at 270mm giving an effective 400mm.

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Comment by Hennie Lubbe on January 17, 2012 at 6:02am

Love this Bruce. Great capture. 

Comment by JENNY MALKOTSI on January 15, 2012 at 10:38pm

wow Bruce! Great shot and excellent treatment!

Comment by paul holmes on January 7, 2012 at 2:09am

:))) lovely capture bruce

Comment by maestro vecchio on January 5, 2012 at 1:52am
nice work
Comment by Deepesh Velachery on January 4, 2012 at 11:00pm

Great capture and excellent perspective.......instant favorite.

Comment by KARTHIKEYAN S on January 4, 2012 at 9:40pm
Great shot
Comment by Sandeep S Rajan on January 4, 2012 at 8:04pm

fabulous photograph.

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