Oxpecker Opportunist

Nature is gross… (and super interesting). This Red-billed Oxpecker, who also loves ear wax and keeping scabs from fully forming so it can feast on blood and tissue, seems particularly attuned to the digestive timing of giraffes. It flew down from the beast’s neck within seconds of this process starting so it could have its pick of the ticks that inhabit this usually inaccessible region. Yup, gross… and interesting.

Bird Light Wind… keeping it real since 2008.

13 responses

  1. If I was a giraffe, I think I would be grateful for this service.

    September 11, 2013 at 8:53 am

  2. I think it’s fantastic! Nature is wonderful indeed..

    September 11, 2013 at 8:59 am

  3. That’s definitely real … and interesting.

    September 11, 2013 at 12:18 pm

  4. Great observation, thanks for the post!

    September 11, 2013 at 12:29 pm

  5. So it eats the giraffes scar tissue? That’s different

    September 11, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    • Mostly keeps scabs from forming so it can have some blood from time to time.

      September 11, 2013 at 6:59 pm

  6. Carol Byram

    Walter — I LOVE your photos — be they gross (and very interesting) or truly beautiful! You are amazing and take the most fascinating shots.

    September 11, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    • Shucks. Thank you.

      September 11, 2013 at 6:58 pm

  7. Siobhan


    September 11, 2013 at 8:39 pm

  8. Love your work it is capturing the unique

    September 19, 2013 at 4:45 pm

  9. The beauty of nature

    October 5, 2013 at 12:03 pm

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