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Tayla Brown

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Tayla grew up largely on a farm in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, where she developed her love for nature. After completing school she spent time in Botswana before studying EcoTourism management in Pretoria, which served as a springboard into a guiding career at Phinda ...

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Francesca Doria
Digital Tracker

I wonder how many species succumbed to extinction due to illnesses brought by humans. By the way I’m happy buffalo and oxpecker are still there

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

The yellow-billed oxpecker’s coloring is so vivid!

Tom Rawles
Guest contributor

Yes, at Londolozi in 2011, while watching the four lion brothers, then the dominate males, lazily stalk a large herd of buffalo.

Tayla Brown
Ranger

Hi Tom, thats amazing that you got to see the lions stalk as well as the Yellow-billed Oxpeckers.

Christa Blessing
Digital Tracker

Great photos of the birds and buffalos. Yes, when I was at Londolozi in April I saw lots of the yellow billed oxpeckers.

Tayla Brown
Ranger

Thank you Christa. Glad you got to see them when you were here.

Richard Allan
Explorer

Saw a single Yellow-billed Oxpecker in Aug 2014 in amongst a large herd of buffalo and lots of Red-billed Oxpeckers.
Our guide, Don Heyneke and Tracker Judas were quite excited as were we as we appreciated the significance of the sighting.

Irene Henkes
Senior Digital Ranger

Yes, I did see them years ago on EP, when there was a huge buffalo herd of more than 200 animals. It took me a while to see the difference between the two!

Victoria Auchincloss
Digital Tracker

we see them but don’t really see them. They are just part of the Buffalo . Thanks fir teaching us something new! Victoria

Linda Rawles
Senior Digital Ranger

Yes! Tom is posting details as he keeps the records:-)

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

Tayla, loved oxpeckers🤗

Cally Staniland
Digital Tracker

An interesting read Twyla…let’s hope the Rinderpest Virus never rears its ugly head again ! What an awful catastrophe that was. To be honest, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a yellow billed oxpecker, but for all my time watching game I don’t think I ever go close enough to know there were two type of oxpeckers anyway so I might have missed this wonderful opportunity !

Tayla Brown
Ranger

Hi Cally, yes it was an awful catastrophe. You do have to look very closely sometimes so hopefully next time you will be able to see them.

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Tayla, you surprised us today! We did not know that there were two types of oxpeckers! We also see that one of the images has both types, and it seems like one of that group that has no color on its beak. Would that be a baby?

Tayla Brown
Ranger

Hi Michael and Terri, yes that would be one of the juveniles that has no colour on its beak.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Viewing Cape buffalo in large herds is always exciting but even more interesting are the oxpeckers clambering around their bodies-especially their heads. I’ve noticed both the red and yellowed billed birds recently, occupying space on the same Buffalo. I hadn’t realized until your article that the yellow billed were not as prevalent. Kudos to James Souchon for his detailed image.

Valmai Vorster
Senior Digital Ranger

Twyla we did see the Oxpeckers on the buffalo’s in the Kruger Park, but for the life of me I cannot remember if it was the red or the yellow Oxpecker. They were also on the giraffe’s and saw a lot of them. Thanks for this vital information, I did not know that there were two different Oxpeckers.

Bob and Lucie Fjeldstad
Guest contributor

Tayla, how was the Rinderpest virus eradicated. Could it return?

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