When I was selecting, sorting and filing the images I took since I arrived at Thanda I came across a few pictures I liked very much, but which did not make it onto my blog at the time. So here are four of these “outtakes”.

The first is of a small bird trying to reach the pollen on a Mountain Aloe. It is a Long-billed Crombec.

The second is of a small Vervet Monkey sunning itself in a tree.

The third is of two juvenile Lions of the Thanda North Pride “staking” a Warthog across a waterhole (for the Warthog lovers among you: the Warthog was never in danger from these two 🙂

The fourth picture is of a bunch of Red-billed Oxpeckers riding on the back of a Buffalo. The Buffalos, like most large mammals, love the Oxpeckers because they eat the Ticks of their back.

I hope you enjoy this set of “outtakes”!

2 Replies to “Outtakes”

  1. Christian, Is there more than one species of the Oxpeckers? I didn’t realize how much color these birds have and what unusual their eyes are. They don’t seem to be easily scared off by commotion as seen in the picture of the lion/buffalo calf,they can be seen on one of the buffalo back. Like the Vervet Monkey. May today be full of excitement,have a great one.

  2. Yes, there are two species. There are the Red-billed Oxpeckers and the Yellow-billed Oxpeckers. The yellow-billed are much rarer. What is interesting is that their foot structure is the same as on woodpeckers. The one has to hold on to a side of a tree and the other to the side of a larger mammal 🙂 Most large mammals tolerate Oxpeckers on their back, except Elephants who will not allow anything to land on them.

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