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One Oxpecker

One Oxpecker
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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: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger National Park
Theme(s): Vanderschelden's Burchell's zebra [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-22 16:13
Viewed: 3956
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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 most favorite food is blood, and while they may take on ticks bloated with blood, they also feed on it directly, pecking at the mammal's wounds to keep them open to more parasites. So, what the bird does good to the mammal, is negated by it keeping the wounds open to parasites and disease.
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I'm reading Miles' Photoshop tutorials and I must say he did a great job.
Appreciate your critiques. As I want to improve my stuff, please don't hesitate to provide negative critique...

Happy Easter!

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Hi Annick,
Great shot with good details, a nice OOF BG and an excellent POV. Very interesting Note.

Great composition!!


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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-03-22 18:36]

Hello Annick,

Very nice capture of the "lone ranger", very nice POV and sharp image


Hi Annick, great timing to get the tail hair flicking upwards, Great focus and colouration. The OOF background really brings the image forwards to best effect. TFS

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-22 22:38]

Hello Annick

Congratulations for your 600th post here on TN.
They are all wonderful.This is a lovely composition.
The focus is crisp and spot on with lovely sharp detail.
Excellent illumination with vibrant colour saturation.
I really like the crop and graphic look of the Zebra.
The flip up of the tail is a wonderful accent to the capture.
The oxpecker seems a bit surprised.
Masterful camera work thanks for your wonderful daily contributions to this site,the site and fellow TN members are all the better of for it.
I am looking forward to the many more.

Hi Annick,

Have missed so many great images you did upload, but am glad I'm back to take a look at them again.
This one is no ecception to that.
Love the composition and beautiful details.

Best regards and I do wish you and yours a Happy Easter.


Hi Annick,
Excellent composition love the POV and the tight crop that has created some wonderful lines, the timing on this is perfect with the flicking tail, and this little guy screaming out, interesting note too, and many congratulations on your 600th, look forward to seeing a whole lot more, all the best and Happy Easter, Cheers Rick :)

Hi Annick,
Another my favourite animal [only its dorsum:-)], zebra and lovely bird capture. Nice composition. TFS. Have a nice Easter time my friend!

Hi Annick,
a beautiful landscape....

tfs sERGIO

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-03-23 11:18]

Congrats for your 600th post here, great achievement! Great textures and colors on this one, well composed, great etchnique, well done, thanks!


Hi Annick,

Good composition.Great shot,splendid capture with excellent details.I liked very much.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-03-23 19:36]

Hi Annick, I wish I could critique your picture but to be true, I don't see what I could critique except the fact that it is technically superb, with a great exposure. You managed a smooth and great neutral background and most of all, the composition of this picture is terrific! I love it, with the bird on the zebra with its bill open as if to protest. Thank you!


Hi, Annick, dear friend, great photographer and modest person.
I wish to congratulate you on 600th post. You have created amazing collection. You have presented so many charming creatures and places which many of us ( and I am first from them) will see never. You did it and you do it perfectly with great taste and skill. My hearty wishes and kind regards.

I think this cute dark brown bird is crying look at me, Annick himself is photographing me.

Bravo, dear friend, for your nice works, kindness and encouragement.
Yours Alexei.

Hi Annick,
It's been awhile since I looked at your shots, so I took a quick tour.
I like this one for its abstract quality, and the Oxpeckers pose..wings slightly parted and open beak. Do you see what I see?
I imagine the bird is telling the zebra to cool it with that tail action, swingin' it around so :}
Very well done,

In the animal kingdom a rump makes a perfectly acceptable and even logical perch. Such behavior among humans takes on completely different meanings. LOL!!!

This is just adorable! ha ha Love it! I saw it in the gallery and then couldn't find it again later.
This is just great!!!

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