The Cape Buffalo and the Oxpecker! One of natures special relationships – a little match made in heaven. The patience of the buffalo never ceases to amaze me especially when those oxpeckers get somewhat out of hand in their ceaseless hunt for ticks and parasites.
I tried to capture that moment just before the bird claims victory. The buffalo still and the red-billed oxpecker ready to strike.
There’s a lot of colour, texture and energy in the brush-work on the buffalo which is juxtaposed to the tighter rendering of the bird, belying the ‘violence’ of what is about to happen.
I also have a video available to view for this piece.