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Impala with oxpecker

Impala with oxpecker
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Copyright: ronny hole (ronnyho) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 16 W: 0 N: 80] (556)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-01-05
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 7D, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-03-18 5:11
Viewed: 2624
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another shot from Selous,Tanzania.
The most common of the mammals to see in the erea,
but also one of the most beautifull!
Here with a passenger.

Wikipedia:The Red-billed Oxpecker (Buphagus erythrorhynchus) is a passerine bird in the starling and myna family Sturnidae; some ornithologists regard the oxpeckers to be in a family by themselves, the Buphagidae. 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. Its range overlaps that of the less widespread Yellow-billed Oxpecker.
The preferred habitat is open country, and the Red-billed Oxpecker eats insects. Both the English and scientific names arise from this species' habit of perching on large wild and domesticated mammals such as cattle and eating ticks. An adult will take nearly 100 engorged female Boophilus decoloratus ticks, or more than 12,000 larvae in a day.
However, their preferred food is blood, and while they may take ticks bloated with blood, they also feed on it directly, pecking at the mammal's wounds to keep them open to more parasites.

The impala is a mixed forager, whose diet consists of grasses, forbs, monocots, dicots and foliage. It usually switches between grazing and browsing depending on the season and habitat. Water is an essential requirement. There are three distinct social groups: the female herds, the bachelor herds and the territorial bulls. They are fast runners, and communicate using a variety of visual and vocal communication. The impala is known for its giant leaps, as high as 3 m (9.8 ft). The mating season for the impala is the three-week long period toward the end of the wet season in May. A single calf is usually born after a gestational period of about six to seven months. The calf remains with its mother for four to six months, after which it joins juvenile groups. The impala inhabits savanna grasslands and woodlands close to water sources.
The impala is native to Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Regionally extinct in Burundi, it has been introduced in Gabon.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-03-18 5:49]

Hello Ronny,
Great photo of this Impala with Oxpecker. Very beautiful saturated colours in good sharpness and DOF. Excellent choice of composition.

Hello Ronny!
Great shot with superb details and clarity, particularly on that impala. Thanks for sharing,
Warm Regards,

very good capture, Regards

Hello Ronny,
Well captured this Impala,giving free ride to this Oxpeacker.Nice depth and tone.Good attractive POV.Well managed BG.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-03-18 12:26]

Hi Ronny,very nice meeting with this impala and its special bonus..ehehe...an excellent capture made with very bright details and perfect colors,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,LUCIANO

Bonsoir Ronny,
Agréable publication valorisant bien le sujet dans une belle attitude.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • nanreh Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 136 W: 12 N: 258] (2191)
  • [2014-03-19 18:22]

Artistic photography of this male impala with Buphagus erythrorhynchus on his back. Balanced composition and great choice of elongated vertical frame. Congratulations,

Hernán Bortondello

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