PUBLIC TRANSPORT FOR VAMPIRES

A large group of Red-billed Oxpeckers was taking a ride on the two Giraffes. Normally these small birds live in a symbiotic relationship with the long-necked mammals. The Giraffes provide the food in the form of ticks and the Oxpeckers relief them of the little pests.

But occasionally the insect-eaters turn into vampires. If the Giraffes have an open wound the Oxpeckers will keep pecking on it to keep it open end to keep the blood flowing as they love devouring blood (usually provided by the ‘filled up ticks’).

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MOON AND GIRAFFE

On the way home from yesterday evening’s game drive I took this image of a Giraffe silhouette in front of the moon. Twilight mood on Thanda!

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Silhouette

This morning on my way to work ๐Ÿ˜Š A long neck is excellent for silhouette pictures!

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THE DAILY POST – JUST HAVING A GOOD LOCK

This little 10 days old Giraffe baby had a good look at us before it started suckling from mum ๐Ÿ˜Š

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THE DAILY POST – RUN

What an incredible site it is when a Giraffe is running full speed.

Have a good evening!

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THE DAILY POST – PERFECT LIGHT

The sun only came through for a few minutes on this overcast and rainy day but the lighting was perfect for this Giraffe image.

Have a good day!

PS: Yesterday’s bird was a Wahlberg’s Eagle ๐Ÿฆ…

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THE DAILY POST – LONG NECKS TOO SHORT

Giraffe necks are quite long and they use them efficiently for their own grooming. But looking at the overall animals their necks are too short!

Why? Because adult Giraffe have to spread their front legs apart in a very awkward and vulnerable posture to be able to drink. I have not seen any other mammal that has to do these sort of acrobatics to get a drink.

Conclusion: Their necks are too short or their legs are too long ๐Ÿ˜Š

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THE MORNING POST – COLORS AND CONTRAST

I took this interesting picture this morning. A combination of textures and colors.

A Weeping Boerbean Tree, a Giraffe and a Vervet Monkey ๐Ÿ˜Š

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