I was just about to shut down when this popped up, what an amazing shot, the detail is just superb, composition and framing perfect, the colour in the eye of the Redbilled Oxpecker is unreal congratulations on a superb image, all the best,
Cheers Rick :)
Nicely done! Besides the symbiosis content, I do like the 'subtropical' lighting. The latter is very moody. THe moment is great as well of course , not only through the aforementioned content but also because of two reasons: the sharp bird and the 'open' eye which tells a lot about his feelings towards his visitor.
The DOF is a bit shallow 'northwards' but that's a minor nit.
Good work again at the Kwamalibala waterhole. Wonderful name:-)
This is such a wonderful capture with excellent composition and timing! I love this unusual pose of the bird. They always amazed me. I have seen them in Annick's pictures as well and as I said to him, this guy always manages to be in the picture, lol! Funny and well done with interesting notes. Thanks,
Excellent POV, light, compo and colors
SUPERB sharp details
Symbiosis is a wonderful "feature" in Nature...
Humans could learn a lot by observing very closely the "help and be helped" method that we see in action here!
I really like this moment you captured here, as it is not the usual bird on the back of a bovine like animal... and on top of that [ oops wrong direction!!! ] we see that nice splash of colour!
PS HAd to edit my stuff, as I had typos, 'cause someone was nattering in my ear!
This is one of the best portrait I have ever seen of an Impala. Very good DOF maintained here and I know how difficult it is to maintain the same at f/6.3. Very good focus on both the subjects. But in my view may be a little more tight framing on the right would have looked more(just personal). Well done Sir. Thanks a lot for sharing.
Great capture of this beautiful Impala with a nice little passenger doing the cleaning up. I've never seen an Oxpecker in this fantastic position before and the Impala seems to love its company! Excellent sharp details and beautiful warm colours. Good timing and nicely framed.
TFS and regards, Ulla
Very interesting shot, with sharpness and colours, i like it. TFS.
- horia (16656)
- [2008-07-26 0:30]
Very elegant and precise, as usual...the perfect timing for a photo such as this :)
Splendid work and amazing shot, indeed! I really like the sharpness of this great close-up and the clarity on both the impala and the oxpecker. Their poses are simply fantastic and therefore i must also congratulate you for the perfect timing of your shot.
Other than that, the natural colors are lovely - attractive and very well saturated by the warm light of the sun - while the DOF is spot-on, giving you that terrific uniform BG.
I'm sure TN folks (and maybe not only) will read your note and try to learn something frmo animals.
Well done, my friend!
Bravo and TFS
- Juyona (16891)
- [2008-07-26 1:03]
perfecto y oportuno disparo,
excelente foco y pose del ave, :))
- GLEM (10)
- [2008-07-26 1:20]
fantastic image, il faut avoir le coup d'oeil et de bon reflexes. Excellente qualité de couleur et de lumière, c'est vraiment une image rare.
- janhendrik (2392)
- [2008-07-26 2:44]
Baie mooi skoot loot!
- albert (2971)
- [2008-07-26 5:37]
You have been very patient...or lucky to get this pose of the redbilled oxpecker !the impala looks very satisfied too
Congratulations on this superb photo and thanks for the detailed note
Have a nice W-E
- mala-zaba (1165)
- [2008-07-26 5:57]
Great capture with excellent exposure, DOF, POV and sharpness.
- sandpiper2 (16757)
- [2008-07-26 6:11]
Stunning shot, you really have become a master of composition since you joined TN. Even better you share you knowledge and work with everyone else.
This is a great study. The two organisms working in harmony, great stuff. Superb composition. Brilliant sharpness and details. TFS
- Evelynn (14454)
- [2008-07-26 8:43]
What a fantastic capture. I bet you are proud of this one. That's one thing about photography...there is always the next shot...that can be better or different. There's always a challenge.
Evelynn : )
- maurydv (36428)
- [2008-07-26 15:02]
fantastico e spettacolare momento di cattura, eccellenti POV e DOF, bellissima composizione che esalta questa reciproca collaborazione: l'uccello acrobata libera dai parassiti il paziente impala; straordinaria definizione dei dettagli, magnifici i colori e BG.
Grazie e complimenti.
- alliturnam (116)
- [2008-07-26 15:09]
Merhaba Loot,cok sıcak bir izlenim veriyor.Bir ortak yasam örnegi.Ustelik cok net,isik harika,ellerine saglik,selamlar :)
- saguzar (7202)
- [2008-07-26 16:36]
Tanto tiempo sin ver tu buena galería. Pienso que esta es una de tus mejores fotos, primero por la gran calidad y acercamiento y segundo por la situación captada. El título muy imaginativo (algo excesivo lo de simbiosis, je, je; pero lo explicas muy bien en tu extensa y útil nota). Nunca vi un ave pendiendo de la barbilla de su "despensa andante" de garrapatas e insectos, me da algo de gracia la "cara de nada" del antílope, como si no tuviera ninguna visita.
Espero poder participar más y comentar más fotos, estoy algo alejado últimamente de TN.
Un abarzo cordial
- sranjan (5784)
- [2008-07-27 4:44]
Excellent composite image of impala and its little oxpecker :). Sharpness, POV & details are perfect with usual educational grand notes by you.TFS.
Regards-Dr Subhash Ranjan
- Alex99 (23735)
- [2008-07-27 4:49]
I cannot believe that I see it and I cannot believe that you managed to picture this stunning rare scene. I only can believe that you can create such masterpieces as this one. Outstanding in every aspect job. All is brilliant. My congratulations and Bravo hundred times.
- elizemeijer (2009)
- [2008-07-27 8:01]
Hy is pragtig!!
I love the way the bird holds on for dear life.
Nature's way of showing us how to get along.
Technically their is nothing wrong.
- anilnediyara (780)
- [2008-07-27 22:03]
I liked the timing of your post :) The notes do have a lot of significance to TN. BTW the photo is excellent as usual. Thank you for the message and sharing the picture.
- betsie (0)
- [2008-07-27 23:59]
Hierdie is 'n baie besonderse foto. Fantasties hoe jy die kleure laat saamsmelt het. Jou notas hier is ook BAIE insiggewend.
Sien uit na jou volgende foto.
- robindb (1420)
- [2008-07-28 3:12]
Mooi en skerp. Gooie kommentaar ook.
- Miss_Piggy (18714)
- [2008-07-28 5:34]
This is indeed a great facial shot of an impala. Clarity and display of the details is super and presented in a most pleasant manner. The eye in particular is a great attraction. Adding to this is the little Oxpecker going for a free ride. It does not seem as if the Impala is bothered with the little bird at all, and the upside down position adds a sparkle to this beautiful image. I must compliment you on the clarity shown of the beak and eye of the tiny bird. The colours are vivid and show well. Focus, sharpness and composition is tops. I like the colour of the background which highlights the beauty of this elegant animal even more. This buck surely has a set of horns to be proud of. Your notes are most interesting and I always find it very educational. Thanks for sharing.
- FunkyMunky (3154)
- [2008-07-28 6:52]
A good photo depends a lot on luck and patience. In all the years of photographing or trying to get a good shot of an oxpecker doing its job, I have never been successful. I always seem to get only part of the bird, the rest of it being obscured by the animal it is sitting on.This is as good a shot as anyone will ever get, well done!
Really beautiful. Great colours, textures, details, and a touch of everything else captured in this scenery. You must have been very patient but also very quick to press the shutter as I know these birds do not sit still on a spot for very long. A lovely portrait of a shot and pose where you caught two for the price of one. Great timing and perfection as always. You striked the bulls eye there, the shot that many envy and a shot I would like to get. You have captured the buck right in a lovely view point making it more beautiful and more eye catching. You are very lucky to be living so close to the game reserve, and can take so many wonderful natural photos of the animals. Please don’t ever stop sharing, as it is always appreciated.
Aaltjie and Hettie
Hey Loot, your photo is upside down!!
This is a fantastic shot, super colours and sharp details.
But I would have given you 2 smileys if you had posted it the right way up :)
The Symbiosis between the Impala and the Oxpecker is just perfect in this highly eloqent image, Loot.
The bird seems to have been made to size and fits the part of Impala's anatomy like the proverbial glove.
Your note on Symbiosis makes a thought-provoking read.
Thanks and regards.
Just stopping by for a quick one Loot,
I see things are looking up for the oxpecker, with symbiosis the name of this game..
The two appear physically in opposition, but in reality they couldn't be closer buddies :)
Excellent image, this one has that something special we're all lookin' for.
- pilonm (3321)
- [2008-07-29 9:51]
Ah! Ah! I think you flipped the image because I suspect that it is the picture of a bird with an impala under his throat ;-)
I really like your note about symbiosis which is so important within wildlife!
Here you did a splendid vertical composition and managed excellently the exposition. I like also the blurred bg showing us the desertic environment. Details on the fur are remarkable too. The only thing maybe is the fact that the left horn is too near the frame. If it is a full frame picture, you can easily add canvas with Photoshop where you can add more bg.
But it is definitly a lovely image that I like alot!
Great job, Loot and TFS!
- saeedabbasi (5100)
- [2008-07-29 12:25]
Hi dear Loot ,
Great work as always.
A perfect shot.
a busy internet today, a slow download, the image appearing slowly starting on top. Time enough to enjoy that lonesome antelope's perfect pose, the lack of bright colours in gently soft hues of ochre and umbra, a classical portrait's perfectly minimalistic reduction to nothing but the person and a neutral background.
And then there was the bird!
Lots of laughter, great stuff!
With thanks, and all my best wishes,
P.S.: Superb notes, educative, well written and wise, as always from you. I like your clearly expressed thoughts about symbiosis in an era of human behaviour distorted by decades of neo-liberal nonsense about competition and reckless pursuit of all kinds of egotism. Let's learn from the animals how to achieve mutual benefit the easygoing way.
- Dyker (170)
- [2008-07-31 2:58]
The blending of all the colours of the background, the impala and the oxpecker gives this photo real spark. That lovely yellow-ringed eye with the red centre and the red beak are the only items that depart from the overall ochre - yellowish-brown, orangey or tawny - and the isolated dashes of black colours. The focus is excellent on both the impala and the bird and the upright composition showed the impala in the best possible way. Thanks for showing.
- SunToucher (11162)
- [2008-08-10 5:03]
This must be one of the most original photos on TN. I've seen photos of mamals with birds on them before, but never in this acrobatic position. Its like the impala finally found the perfect touthbrush for this day.
Quality wise the photo is perfect. The details in both animals is spot on and the OOF BG gives the photo a wonderful touch of serenity.
- Rehanna (18)
- [2008-08-10 14:10]
Ek het agtergekom dat daar die een of ander bohaai op die werf aan die gang is, maar ek kon nog nie mooi agter die kap van die byl kom nie. Dit lyk egter of ek dalk vir jou 'n probleem kon verskaf het. Ek sal tog maar poog om 'n bietjie wyer kritiek te lewer, maar ek het dit gedoen vir my plesier omdat ek van jou fotos en jou notas hou en basta.
So is hierdie rooibok en sy renostervoël maaitjie iets besonders. Ek moet terdeë saamstem met die vorige persoon want hierdie is heel oorspronklik. Ek wonder net of die diere dan nie seer kry as die voël so vasgryp met daardie skerp naëls nie. Net een woord verder en dit is pragtig.
- boreocypriensis (9571)
- [2008-08-11 3:01]
Hi my beloved friend Loot,
A superb capture showing the collaborative relation between the two different animal, Impala and Redbilled oxpecker. Your notes are excellent too. TFS.
Greetings from TR N. Cyprus
- bobcat08 (1431)
- [2008-08-23 10:35]
I was just about to shut down when this popped up via my favorites (your are one of 10) What a compo and what a amazing clarity Loot. How do you managed this. Great. Great capture of this beautiful Impala.
And of course a very very interesting notes, just always.
Thanks for sharing TFS BOB
- zahoor_salmi (5538)
- [2008-08-25 15:01]
This is such a wonderful capture with excellent composition and timing!
- goldyrs (11497)
- [2008-08-25 23:38]
This is one of the best shots I've ever seen, my dear friend, Loot!It feels so nice to be back, tolearn more, I felt homesick for most of this vacation!
Thanks so much for sharing this lovely portrait!
- foozi (25839)
- [2008-08-29 22:04]
Greetings and warm regards.
what amagnificent shot . Great clarity and harpness, well composed and outstanding composition with the story of the two friends living together in peace.
Great shot with excellent presentation for a nature world. congratulations!
- AnimalExplorer (1997)
- [2008-09-10 10:56]
Great capture of this symbiotic relation. Very nnice exposure showing supurb detail and warm colors throughout.
There are times where I wish I had my own oxpecker hanging out with me in the jungle when I'm getting nailed by mosquitos but then there are none in South America, so I'll just have to rely on DEET and try to remember to put the toxic crap on everytime I'm in the Amazon.
- schnoopie (964)
- [2009-01-28 13:38]
amazing shot! Nothing more to say...
- fragman (43778)
- [2009-12-23 7:08]
amazing portrait, TFS Ori
- deons (595)
- [2012-09-11 2:18]
Amazing photo, sharp and nice soft background.
- alaguravi (197)
- [2013-05-25 7:34]