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curious ostrich

curious ostrich
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Copyright: Femke van der Horst (femkevdh) Silver Note Writer [C: 5 W: 0 N: 14] (44)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70s
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-11-13 1:40
Viewed: 3681
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Don't you just love their funny, curious expression? This big bird took quite a while to get off the dirt road our jeep was driving on. When we finally passed, it stould still to have a good look at us. Another great example of 'how's looking at who' ;-)
Also taken in the Ngorongoro crater.

Wikipedia about the ostrich:
The Ostrich (Struthio camelus) is a large flightless bird native to Africa (and formerly the Middle East). It is the only living species of its family, Struthionidae, and its genus, Struthio. Ostriches share the order Struthioniformes with emus, kiwis, and other ratites. It is distinctive in its appearance, with a long neck and legs and the ability to run at speeds of about 65 km/h (40 mph), the top land speed of any bird.[2] The Ostrich is the largest living species of bird and lays the largest egg of any bird species.
The diet of the Ostrich mainly consists of seeds and other plant matter, though it eats insects. It lives in nomadic groups which contain between five and 50 birds. When threatened, the Ostrich will either hide itself by lying flat against the ground, or will run away. If cornered, it can cause injury and death with a kick from its powerful legs. Mating patterns differ by geographical region, but territorial males fight for a harem of two to seven females. It has been hunted in the past and is farmed in many areas all over the world.

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