• Aperture: ƒ/6.3
  • Camera: NIKON D4S
  • Taken: 27 November, 2014 16:27
  • Focal length: 700mm
  • ISO: 5000
  • Shutter speed: 1/1000 s

There are many species of bird harvesting pests like ticks, horseflies and other bloodsuckers from the capybaras, and they love it!

This bird spent a long time picking insects, and the capybara knew exactly when to lie down on its back. The total sum of insects draw a considerable amount of blood, not to mention the irritation it causes to the skin and the lives of the capybaras.

Giant Cowbird (Molothrus oryzivorus)
The only thing that will disrupt a session like this is a jaguar or some other event that scares them off. In a relaxed atmosphere the cowbird will meticulously comb through the upper part of the body, and then move to the next member of the capybara family – unless it turns around and lies on its back so it can continue there.