Friday Photo 15: Line Up Ladies
So Voted challenged us to go one better than his snap of the egg-laying leatherback turtle post earlier today. I’m not sure that this meets the requirements…
Taken a couple of days ago in the Kruger National Park near the Skukuza Camp, it shows an Oxpecker (it’s a Red-Billed Oxpecker, not a “tickbird”!) seemingly arranging impala ladies into a neat and orderly row so that he can do the necessary grooming for them.
It looks like he is giving the ewe closest to the camera a bit of a beady eye as she takes her time to form up.
I placed a desaturated copy of the shot over the original, and then used a history brush in Photoshop to “paint” the birds’ bright plumage and glorious eye and beak back in. Click on the image to see the bird in an enlarged version.
Not entirely sure it works, but it looks okay to me which I guess is the most important thing. I’d still like your comments and opinions on the picture, even if it doesn’t quite beat the leatherback!
“Line Up Ladies” © Greg Pillhofer, 2009
Original Capture: 04/01/2010, 12:50pm – Kruger National Park, South Africa
Canon EOS350D | f/11 | 1/500sec | IS200 | 200mm | No flash