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Flexible Neck
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Copyright: Vivian Droog (viv) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Minolta AF 75-300
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/350 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-23 5:56
Viewed: 3429
Points: 18
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It is really nice to see that the colours of this female Ostrich are in accordance with the envirement.
And they are really huge.
And as observed there is a branche in the way, but you cannot get out of the car to remove that.


Ostriches usually weigh from 90 to 130 kg (200 to 285 pounds), although some male ostriches have been recorded with weights of up to 155 kg (340 pounds). The feathers of adult males are mostly black, with some white on the wings and tail. Their eyes are larger than their brains
Females and young males are greyish-brown and white. The small vestigial wings are used by males in mating displays. They can also provide shade for chicks. The feathers are soft and serve as insulation, and are quite different from the stiff airfoil feathers of flying birds. There are claws on two of the wings' fingers.
The strong legs of the Ostrich lack feathers. The bird stands on two toes, with the bigger one resembling a hoof. This is an adaptation unique to Ostriches that appears to aid in running.
At one year, ostriches weigh around 45 kg (100 pounds). An Ostrich can live up to 75 years.
Ostriches live in nomadic groups of 5 to 50 birds that often travel together with other grazing animals, such as zebras or antelopes. They mainly feed on seeds and other plant matter; occasionally they also eat insects such as locusts. Lacking teeth, they swallow pebbles that help as gastroliths to grind the swallowed foodstuff in the gizzard. An adult ostrich typically carries about 1 kg of stones in its stomach. Ostriches can go without water for a long time, exclusively living off the moisture in the ingested plants. However, they enjoy water and frequently take baths.
With their acute eyesight and hearing, they can sense predators such as lions from far away. When being pursued by a predator, Ostriches have been known to reach speeds in excess of 70 km per hour (45 miles per hour), and can maintain a steady speed of 50 km per hour (30 miles per hour).
Ostriches are known to eat almost anything (dietary indiscretion), particularly in captivity where opportunity is increased.
Ostriches can tolerate a wide range of temperatures. In much of its habitat, temperature differences of 40C between night- and daytime can be encountered. Their temperature control mechanism is more complex than in other birds and mammals, utilizing the naked skin of the upper legs and flanks which can be covered by the wing feathers or bared according to whether the bird wants to retain or lose body heat.
When lying down and hiding from predators, the birds lay their head and neck flat on the ground, making them appear as a mound of earth from a distance. This even works for the males, as they hold their wings and tail low so that the heat haze of the hot, dry air that often occurs in their habitat aids in making them appear as a nondescript dark lump. When threatened, Ostriches run away, but they can cause serious injury with kicks from their powerful legs.

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  • kag Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 36 W: 0 N: 20] (106)
  • [2007-03-23 5:58]
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A good shot of this bird, his colours almost blend in with the background. good focus with good detail. Do you think the branch in the front of the picture is in the way? but otherwise well done

Hi Vivian,

Nice capture and good framing. Good details. You can see how big and strong legs he has.
It's a shame that the branch is in its way, though.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-03-23 8:20]

Hi Vivian.
You have shared a perfectly composed picture with amazing subject and scenery. Last circumstance, I think, is key point of your shot. The pose, the reproduction of all features of this beautiful bird are great as well as the natural colour palette, excellent POV and DOV. Superb done work. Bravo and TFS.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-03-23 9:41]

Hello Vivian,
Excellent capture through out, even the branch good job of not letting it impact on your subject. As you mentioned the ostriches colors are so close to the surroundings.

Cool shot, Viv.
Nice pose and colours.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-03-23 12:03]

Hello Viv,
I'm amazed how big this one is! You must have been pretty close? A very well-timed shot to get him in this interesting pose. Pretty sharp details and his colour blends exactly with the environment. Well composed too!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Viv,
I should not worry too much about the branhe...
It is definitely a good wildlife shot...

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-03-23 17:25]

Hi Vivian

Anohter wonderful photo from you...and also something so rare here on TN :)
It's very nice and refreshing to see an ostrich, especially one is such a nice and funny pose.
Her colors realy seems to blend in the environment very well and you captured and show that excellently here.
Nice details and POV, good DOF and exposure.

Bravo and TFS

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-03-25 7:51]

Hi Viv,

A great shot of this ostrich,a bird we did not see so much during our stay in the kruger,well captured and TFS


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