Category: Nature Photography
Posted: March 30, 2018

Injured Water Buffalo unable to hit off birds

Happy Oxpecker & Sad Host

by Jomo

two in one: animals only Contest Entry 
There really are two ways to view this photo - either you see the happy Red-billed oxpeckers who were jumping all over the Water Buffalo (truely enjoying themselves) or you see the tormented injured Water Buffalo. The Water Buffalo had been attacked by Lions and lost his tail. He was desperately trying to submerge his bites in the pool. Without a tail he could not flick away the birds or flies that were clearly annoying him. He was shaking his head trying to evict them. The birds were enjoying feeding on the flies without having to reposition constantly. Sad or happy? Your choice. I think we need to show truths with photography and the truth in this case is that in nature one animal?s good fortune is quite often at another animal?s expense.
Post Type: Photography
Mixed Media: None Cropped

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