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Giraffe Being Groomed by Oxpecker
07-FEB-2008 Dr. Joshua Ong

Giraffe Being Groomed by Oxpecker

Tarangire National Park

This represents a classic symbiotic relationship between the host and oxpecker or tickbird. The oxpecker is fed while the host animal gets pest control. This small bird provides another invaluable service by alerting the host animal of approaching predators with a shrill cry.

Canon EOS-1D Mark III ,Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM
1/200s f/11.0 at 700.0mm iso400 1.4X TC full exif

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GeneWard02-Mar-2008 05:00
very nice shot