Cape Buffalo, with “freeloaders”

I was looking back through some of my posts just recently and saw that when I presented a buffalo picture a couple of weeks ago, I indicated that I would have more buffalo shots.  So in order to make good on that statement, I present today’s image.  This animal was one of a huge herd, numbering probably in excess of 300 individuals, and like many, he was covered in yellow-billed oxpecker birds. The buffalo tolerated these “freeloaders” as they climbed over him picking ticks and so on. The only time the buffalo objected,  was when one of the birds would get too intrusive and start picking around the eyes or nostrils at which point a shake of the head was required to sort them out.     enjoy KD.

PS: try counting the birds.

Oxpeckers on buffalo.  Canon 5D with 500mm lens at F7.1, shutter speed 1/400 second at ISO400.