Oxpeckers

There have been an awful lot of things going on that have severely limited the free time I have had recently, which is why there hasn’t been a post from me in ages.  Thankfully a lot of the items on my must get done list are now finished, and I can get back to working on my photography.  With the lovely weather we have been having, it seems a shame that I’ve been stuck indoors, but there will be lots of time (and hopefully lots of good weather) for photos in the coming days and weeks.

I wanted something that would be fairly efficient to work on, so I decided to go through the photos I took of oxpeckers at the bird hide.  I had posted one photo previously https://wordpress.com/post/51960952/1129/ but had a few others that I thought were worth posting.

Wishing everyone an excellent day!

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I was glad an oxpecker returned late in the morning once the light was better; it makes a difference for showing off the subtle colour changes in their feathers. 1/1000 sec, f6.3, ISO 1250
I was glad an oxpecker returned later in the morning once the light was better; it makes a difference for showing off the subtle colour changes in their feathers.
1/1000 sec, f6.3, ISO 1250

A different view of an oxpecker

I was quite good about going through my photos while I was away, adding keywords and even doing some ratings, to make it easier to sort through when I got home.  Until I had my session in a bird hide that is.  The volume of photos was so immense (over 1200 from two mornings of shooting) that I wasn’t able to work on them while away, and so any time over the last week that I have had to work on my photos, it has been spent working on bird identification and adding keywords.  Not that I mind that type of work at all, it just seems like forever since I have posted anything.  Hopefully, now that I am able to actually sort through my photos effectively, I’ll be able to get back into posting more routinely.

Now for today’s photo.  I chose this because before my hide session, I had never seen an oxpecker anywhere but on the back of an animal (giraffe, buffalo, rhino etc.).  We had quite a few visit during the time in the hide, and several even came right up to the glass to investigate.  While my main camera was on a tripod, I had my macro lens on my second body and was able to snap this shot of the bird less than a foot away.

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