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Pic of the Week #4

African Safaris | Tours | Holidays: Pic of the Week #4

Oxpecker

African Safaris | Tours | Holidays: Pic of the Week #4

Red-billed Oxpeckers only occur where there are animal hosts for the species of insects – mostly ticks – that the birds eat. In this photo the host is a buffalo bull.

We were sitting watching a few old buffalo bulls, also known as “Dagga Boys” which means “wallowing in the mud”, that were grazing in the distance.  They were heading towards us.  I stopped the vehicle in the shade and waited for them.

After a few minutes, they were less than fifteen meters away from us. That’s when we had a really clear view of the Red-billed Oxpeckers who were busy cleaning the buffalo from ticks.

The one bird finished its meal and went towards the boss (buffalo helmet/horns) where it started cleaning its beak. The moment the buffalo turned away from us, I saw the perfect picture!  The light was just right and I was playing around with my camera prior to taking the photo so my settings were right for the shot.

Equipment used

Camera – Canon 600D

Lens and Focal Length – Sigma 150 – 600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS

Settings used to capture this image

ISO 640 – A low ISO for this shot as there was good light on the Oxpecker and the boss of the buffalo.

Aperture f/6.3 – A low f stop as I wanted only the oxpecker and the boss in focus and having a bokeh in the background.

Shutter 1/400 sec – The buffalo was standing still at the time so I could get away with an average shutter speed.

Editing used on this image

I did put in some vignetting so the sides could darken a little bit and then pushed up whites and dropped blacks, which gave it some contrast.

Pic of the week by Franscois Rosslee (Bush Lodge Ranger)
2016-12-20T05:23:37+00:00 General|
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