White Rhino with oxpeckers under dead treeWhite rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum), with redbilled oxpeckers riding on its back, sniffing the ground under an old, dead tree, Elephant Plains Game Lodge, Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa.

This picture was taken in July, mid-winter in the southern hemisphere, hence the brown, earthy colors of the vegetation. It was also quite late in the afternoon, so the waning sun has further warmed the colors. Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL (Canon Rebel XSi) fitted with a Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM zoom lens, one of an impressive range of Canon telephoto lenses used extensively by wildlife photographers.

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