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Two Oxpeckers

Two Oxpeckers
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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger National Park
Theme(s): Vanderschelden's Africa, Vanderschelden's Burchell's zebra [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-19 10:28
Viewed: 4696
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Red-billed Oxpecker, Buphagus erythrorhynchus, is a passerine bird in the starling and myna family Sturndidae. It is native to the savannah of sub-Saharan Africa, from the Central African Republic east to Sudan and south to northern and eastern South Africa..

Burchell's Zebra is a large land mammal with an off-white coloring, but never pure white. The shadow stripes are usually well marked, and the leg stripes are absent or poor, and almost never complete to hooves.

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Hi Annick, Fun composition here!
The two birds squawking is a bonus. Their yellow bug eyes are so cool.
Tfs this creative shot. Richard

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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2008-03-19 10:51]

Excellent focus on the oxpeckers. Perfect sharpness and clarity, the zebras strips as the foreground is just awesome. I wish I have your visions to see things from so many different POVs. I have much admiration for you.

Hello Annick
This is just lovely.
The details are perfect and I see you have the lense I was very genorously lent by James.
You have the same monopod as I do but have you tried a 322rc2 head?...I found it balanced perfectly as did James.
Best Regards

great composition and unique capture

hi annick!
nice to see this bird close
amazing eyes they have!
sharp and well composed this
fine image!
good work!

Hi Annick
Wonderful detail

amazing , artistic pic with a perfect composition, TFS Ori

Hello Annick, what an excellent catch. These 2 birds are well positioned in the frame. The markings on the zebra provide an excellent composition, its certainly a creative shot. tfs Rgds Necip

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-03-19 12:32]

Hi Annick. A good shot of the Pair of Oxpeckers. i like the pose with they wide open mouths. good detail and colours. also in the Zebra. well doen TFS.

Hi Annick,
Excellent composition. Nice shot.

Great close up of these birds, lovely colours and a sharp well focused image.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-03-19 14:01]

Hi Annick

A lovely shot - good composition and POV with wonderful colour and detail. Well observed and captured.


Hi Annick,

Fantastic composition, amazing "zebrascape" with two beautiful birds. Very well done! Thank you,


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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-03-19 17:32]

Hi Annick,

I thought I've seen this one, but I went back in your gallery and on the other one you had 3 birds on the zebra!
Again, amazing image, very unique.
Very well done!


A coincidence perhaps but I was just telling my wife of your images of such things as this yesterday. Not sure why it came up.....but you have made it a good day for me and also my wife now as I show her. How very thoughtful of you and you didn't even know! Your magic!

Hallo annick,

mooi licht heb je hier,
Mooie compositie en vlijmscherp en alles goed afgezonderd van de achtergrond.

groet Gert

Hi Annick,
Nice composition my friend. Lovely birds and zebra... wonderfull. TFS and regards,


Nice shot! Rarely can these dull coloured birds be seen in such an interesting way! Excellent composition. Thanks for sharing.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-03-20 2:52]

Annick, WOW what a moment to capture. Just beautiful. Excellent eye catch and what a glorious way to capture. Ganesh

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-20 5:11]

Very nice shot Annick!
Fabulous clarity and detail.
Superb poses.
The zebra stripes are superb!
Very well done,

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-03-20 6:47]

Funny picture, i like these two little birds.
I see they have so striped life...

A fine and sharply in-focus capture, both from the viewpoints of the zebra and of the oxpeckers Annick, a nice and informative composition my friend.

Hey Annick, I like it! :) What an original picture, very design and well composed! Lol :) Well seen!

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-03-21 7:39]

Another great picture Annick, very well composed, a very fine moment. Great technique as always! Thanks!


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-21 21:24]

Hello Annick

A wonderful capture.
Very good clarity with lovely sharpness and focus.
The lighting is well handled and it has produced natural colours.
The pattern of the Zebra and the way the shot is cropped makes a lovely composition.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-03-23 7:05]

Hello Annick,
Great capture of a pair of Red-billed Oxpeckers in their natural habitat. Excellent sharpness and composition on the back of a zebra.
Thanks for sharing this fine image,

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2008-05-12 14:58]

Prachtige details en goede timing, zeer orginele foto!

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