13 Dec 16. For as far back as I can remember, I have always wanted to snap a shot of birds cleaning some aspects of an animals body, preferably in Africa. Of course, in order to do so you first have to get to Africa or some similar location, and then find the right animal with the appropriate house keeping subordinates. Since I've never been to any exotic places where such activity seems to "regularly" occur, I've not captured those desired shots. That is until this past trip to Yellowstone. While we were driving along the road between the east entrance and the Yellowstone Association Headquarters, we came upon an absolutely gorgeous stand of aspens and between us and the aspens a small group of bison. I was shooting away taking in all the sights when out of the corner of my eye I saw something I never thought I would. Nestled at the edge of the bush was this cow chewing her cud while a trio of Starlings were performing some housekeeping chores on her back. I took several shots of this sight and was disappointed to have only one of them be acceptable by my standards and even that was iffy as the grasses in front of her face were blocking the area around her mouth. As such I've had to rebuild her mouth without a lot of needed material. Her mouth will look a bit odd but it was wide open when I clicked the shutter. A better graphical artist than I could have likely grabbed what was needed from another image and used that as a replacement but I'm not quite there yet. This is a shot of her chewing her cud while enjoying the attention being paid to her back.
This image has been cropped, straightened, and the grasses removed from her face and the area around the mouth rebuilt. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/320 sec @ f / 7.1.