04 June 2014

Birding in the RSA - "The Opportunists"

This was a rare sighting, for me any way, of Cape Glossy Starlings removing ticks from a warthog. This guy must have realised that these birds were doing him a service by removing the ticks, because he stood quite still for a long time, while they got on with their business.

I love the sheen of these birds and the beady bright orange eye. I can never resist photographing them and this episode merely added an interesting new dimension to the task.


Gotcha............

4 comments:

Stewart M said...

Splendid looking birds and beast! I must admit to having a bit of a soft sport for Wart Hogs! I find them comical.

The sheen on the birds is remarkable.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Cosette Paneque said...

That's quite a good relationship between those birds and the warthog. The birds are bright and beautiful. Lovely photos.

Jo said...

What awesome captures, especially the second one!

pattisjarrett said...

I've never seen such glossy feathers. Nice capture.