I came to Alberta to photograph American Stock Horse breeds and wild horses, but while visiting Widney Ranch birds became my main subject!

Brown-headed cowbirds are one of greatest horse allies - they eat all the parasites and flies off them every single day! Apart from a magnet for food horses are also great shield from small predators. And horses seem to love their company, knowing what relief they can bring. This is a beautiful example of life in the symbiosis between two different species!

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Kim Mahood 9 months ago

What an amazing picture...

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Sue Knerl 9 months ago

These birds land on my horses out in the pasture. I just called them "butt birds".

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Edy Eko 9 months ago

Work great as a desktop wallpaper

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Salon de Simone 9 months ago

Simply beautiful <3

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Whawhawhatsis 9 months ago

The open wings , showing the incredible curve of the spread-out feathers -- it's breathtaking! You were very lucky (and, I'm sure, patient) to get the shot!

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Whawhawhatsis 9 months ago

"This is MY horse and these bugs are MY dinner. All the rest of you, leave us alone so I can eat in peace!" What a wonderful expression in the angle of the bird's head!