African Buffalo & Red-billed Oxpecker
Graphite with Colored Pencil
25 x 37 inches
The African buffalo was often regarded by the old hunters as the most dangerous of the Big Five and I have endeavored to portray the bull in this drawing with an air of authority and a creature not to be meddled with. His alert pose is further enhanced by the red-billed oxpecker flying off his nose in alarm from some perceived danger. These birds have evolved stiff tail feathers which are used as props as they clamber all over their hosts seeking parasites from every nook and cranny. They are commonly seen in association with giraffe, antelope, domestic cattle and buffalo.