The long-tailed bird, called a Rufous Treepie, is typically found in India and parts of Southeast Asia. It’s known to have a symbiotic, harmonious relationship with the Sambar deer, and offers a helping hand by picking out ectoparasites, such as fleas and ticks, from the deer’s eyes. In this photograph, you can see that the deer has positioned itself to let the treepie go to work. The interaction reminded me of a parent helping a human child pick out a splinter.
|Photo Location:||Hoshangabad, India|
|Camera:||Canon EOS-1D X Mark II|
|Copyright:||© Nathan Myhrvold|