A wily old fellow … just returning from his bath…

This old guy had just been for a bath and even the tick birds on his back seemed relaxed… Oh to be able to wallow in mud and not be chided by your mother or wife…

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Now that looks like a good facial treatment….

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Is this what they call a sh…t, shave and a shampoo..?

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Definitely a full facial treatment…

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The ox pecker seems to be checking if the facial was done correctly….

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61 thoughts on “A wily old fellow … just returning from his bath…

  1. I just love your commentary Bulldog. I had to Google oxpecker to see if that was your terminology or the bird’s real name (lol). 🙂

  2. The humorous text is as good as the pics! Then again, cheers to you having a good lens to shorten the distance because I know you prefer to keep your distance from these guys.

  3. I think it’s so funny to see the little birds perched on the back of big animals. Obviously the big animals don’t see to mind … there must be some benefit to them being there.

    • We were close… but he was docile and resting up… seemed little concerned about us… wasn’t my vehicle so if he had decided to add a bump or two it would not have been for my pocket… it is a white rhino and they don’t normally charge… if it was a black rhino I can assure you I would have been using all 720 mm of my lens and then a lot of cropping as well…. lol

  4. wow he is impressive. You totally crack me up with your wit in your comments – put a smile on my face to start the day. Agree with everyone above – I envy you being able to see all these magnificent animals. Love it.

  5. Great photos bulldog! Every time I see close ups of such big animals, I find myself hoping you have a really good zoom lens and that you’re not putting yourself in danger!
    Diana xo

    • Thanks Gail… some (like this one) can be gentle giants… others need more room… pity you never got to see this guy when on safari… quite a sight to see…

  6. He’s a big lad who looks like he’s been around the block a few times. Amazing that you can see these animals on a daily basis.

    • This one was close but very relaxed… just resting away the day… it is the white rhino not known as aggressive as the black… quite docile actually… thank you Maralee…

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