These sporty birds are Yellow Billed Oxpeckers that I photographed in the south-west Serengeti. Oxpeckers have a voluntary symbiotic relationship with some savanna animals and spend much of their time perched on giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, hippo, cape buffalo, and other savanna mammals. Non-mating birds sometimes even live and sleep on a host animal for extended periods. Oxpeckers feed on ticks, flies, and parasites, so both animals benefit from the relationship.
This is a male Baboon that I photographed out in the Serengeti. At the time, I thought he had an odd personality. He seemed more confident than the others. I was watching him, and he was watching me. He didn’t seem the least bit bothered and just sat there in the tall undergrowth slowly chewing on a grass stem.
Just one photo this week. I took this at a small shallow salt lake in the middle of the Serengeti. It was a very calm and quiet place. I like the reflection in the calm water.
1-Looking down on a circling Galapagos Shark, North Shore Oahu
2-Young Elephant Seal sunning, California Coast
3-Coastal Brown Bear couple, Alaska
4-Hiding Cowtail Stingray, Great Barrier Reef, Australia
5-Hunting Lioness, Serengeti, Tanzania
1- Black Backed Jackal, Serengeti
2- Sea Snails, California coast
3- Quail, California
4- School of fish in Monterey kelp forest
5- Tree Hyrax, Outside Arusha Tanzania
Just one photo this week.
These two young lion cubs were waiting for their mother to return. The mother lioness hid them in tall grass before she went out to hunt.
The cubs hid surprisingly well and stayed out of sight while she was away. The mother was actually very thin and might have been struggling to support her cubs. Serengeti, Africa.