Peter Dominowski  

Rhino Oxpecker by Peter Dominowski

October 2021 - Rhino Oxpecker

About the Image(s)

A Red-Billed Oxpecker scanning the horn of a rhino. Oxpeckers eat insects that irritate the animals, so many welcome the presence of this bird. Zimanga Private Game Reserve, Mkuze, South Africa.

Nikon D850 with 135mm f/2.8 Nikon zoom lens
ISO 6400
1/200 @ f/5

6 comments posted

Christine Walas   Christine Walas
Peter, This is a great head shot!
My eye is drawn to white area on the left side of the photograph;
Would you be interested in trying to tone this area down?

  Posted: 10/02/2021 21:37:33
Peter Dominowski   Peter Dominowski
Thanks, Christine; one of the reasons I posted this shot was to see if I got any reactions about the 'white area.' I actually did tone it down a bit from the original, but perhaps more work is necessary :)   Posted: 10/03/2021 10:27:07
Christine Walas   Christine Walas
I like to post photos that I question also!
I tend to learn a lot from the critiques.   Posted: 10/03/2021 10:38:11

Sherry Icardi   Sherry Icardi
Totally agree....this might be a good one for sky replacement in PS (if you use it). Itried it and it really does OK you would just have to modify the mask for that small area by his ears. Certainly might take a tad of work but would certainly tone down that white.

The rhino is excellent and that oxpecker is doing his job! this looks like a small one with the horn not full grown, is that correct or is this one that they have intentionally filed down to discourage poachers?

Nice image overall.   Posted: 10/11/2021 13:52:25

Sarita Yeola   Sarita Yeola
Love this shot! This is one of those that made me smile. I am not bothered by the white area. But if you want other than Sherry's idea of sky replacement you could also try clone stamp or burn function in PS.   Posted: 10/13/2021 11:42:30

Mark Diaz   Mark Diaz
Peter, Love looking over the rhino's face and finding all the details. The image you captured tells a great story!   Posted: 10/15/2021 20:56:37


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