During our exploration of San Vicente on a motorbike, we passed through rough roads, forest lands and rice fields. It was hot. Despite the conservative nature of the country folks, I was cruising around just wearing my bikini top and shorts. I suppose comfort matters more than what people think. (However, once we were in the town's plaza, I put my t-shirt back on.)
We found this lovely creature in a small clearing. The Carabao is a domestic water buffalo and the national animal of the Philippines. A very hardworking fellow in the field who is often referred to as a farmer's best friend.
It always puzzles me to witness the mysterious friendship between the heron and the carabao. We noticed how inseparable they were. We raised this question a few times to people we met. Apparently, they mutually benefit a lot from this companionship. The proximity of the heron to a large animal like the carabao gives him protection. In return, he offers relief and comfort to the latter by feeding on the ticks and other insects.
You might notice that I have intruded his personal space somehow and he curiously eyed me a few times. Watching this tranquil fella thoroughly at peace in his environment, I enjoyed taking pictures.
Then we rode off to get to San Vicente's Long Beach. To be continued..
Have a lovely day!
Love and Light,