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18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Cowbirds Grooming Doe

I was surprised to see all of these cowbirds on this doe. When I looked closely, they were eating ticks off the doe's back. I liked the interaction between the male cowbird on the deer's head and the female cowbird on its shoulder.

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Date Taken: 07.2020
Date Uploaded: 08.2020
Photo Location: Comstock, Texas, United States of America
Copyright: © Frank Klein