May 20, 2014

Bird Buddy

Photograph by Akash Das, National Geographic Your Shot

A cooperative bird finds and eats insects from a Cape buffalo's face in a grooming ritual that pays off for both of them.

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Editor's Note, June 12, 2013: This post has been updated to accurately identify the buffalo pictured as a Cape buffalo.

32 comments
John Bygott
John Bygott

Lovely image - but National Geographic, you should be ashamed of labelling this African/Cape buffalo as an Asiatic water-buffalo! The bird, of course, is a yellow-billed oxpecker. Check your facts!!

Unholy Metalman
Unholy Metalman

Hermosa y excelente captura...! Felicito al amigo Akash Das por tan maravillosa fotografía.

Janice H.
Janice H.

Precious and amazing.      Nature, once again surprises us with all it's special events, sights and happenings!     Thanks for sharing this shot of an almost Disney rendition of "Beauty and the Beast".

Jan Cleghorn
Jan Cleghorn

great shot..."ooh yes, just over t the left a bit!"


Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

You scratch my back, and I'll......... wait a minute that just wont work!  Great study of a buffalo and its tiny helpful friend, who is just that.  I enjoy the picture a lot, Akash,because it is a great one. j.e.s........

VInay Prak
VInay Prak

Great pic but that's an African (Cape) Buffalo and not a Water (Asian) buffalo. Moreover, the ox-pecker on its face is endemic to Africa.


Piyush Verma
Piyush Verma

fine display of dependency among living things in an ecosystem!!

Claire F.
Claire F.

What an expression! I love the contrast between the Bird's fine silky feathers and the Buffalo's dry leathery skin. I think the black and white does it justice. Well done Akash.

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