SINWP Bird Photographer of the Year 2021 in aid of RSPB - 1st Place

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1st Place - Alan Jones from Midlothian, Scotland with this winning image entitled ''Red-billed Oxpecker''

Alan tells us ''The image was taken at Zimanga reserve in the Kwa-Zulu Natal region of South Africa, which is in the Eastern Cape. The reserve has some amazing hides which allows you to collect images at water hole level. This hide allows overnight sessions and is well equipped, even including wi-fi which allowed me to post images taken during the night on Facebook ! This image was taken about 6am in late September so the light level was still pretty low. The bird is of course a Red-billed Oxpecker which is sitting on a buffalo's face. Oxpeckers feed exclusively on the bodies of large mammals. It seems the jury is still out on whether they do the animal more harm than good. The buffalo appears to tolerate oxpeckers while other species will not.''

Technical details : Canon EOS 70D, Canon 100-400mm IS II USM at 100mm (the animals were pretty close !), manual exposure mode f5.6, 1/125, at 1600 ISO



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