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The Ostrich, (Struthio camelus), is a large flightless bird native to Africa. Ostriches share the order Struthioniformes with the kiwis, emus, and other ratites. It is distinctive in its appearance, with a long neck and legs and the ability to run at maximum speeds of about 97.5 kilometres per hour (60.6 mph), the top land speed of any bird. The Ostrich is the largest living species of bird and lays the largest egg of any living bird (extinct elephant birds of Madagascar and the giant moa of New Zealand did lay larger eggs).

The diet of the Ostrich mainly consists of plant matter, though it also eats invertebrates. It lives in nomadic groups which contain between five and fifty birds. When threatened, the Ostrich will either hide itself by lying flat against the ground, or will run away. If cornered, it can attack 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. These fights usually last just minutes, but they can easily cause death through slamming their heads into opponents.

The Ostrich is farmed around the world, particularly for its feathers, which are decorative and are also used as feather dusters. Its skin is used for leather products and its meat marketed commercially. (Info: Wikipedia)

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This handsome fellow posed for me near Oudtshoorn, Cape.
Canon PowerShot S51S

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A laminated print

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  • Michael  Moss
    Michael Mossover 3 years ago

    Excellent !

  • Thanks so much Mike! ;-)

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Sally Griffin
    Sally Griffinover 3 years ago

    great capture!

  • Thank you Sally! ;-)

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Rene Hales
    Rene Halesover 3 years ago

    Great detail!

  • Thanks Rene, appreciation!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Thanks Ray!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Maureen Grobler
    Maureen Groblerover 3 years ago

    No – I’ll never bury my head in the sand ;-) Wonderful detail in this shot Elizabeth – it’s really beautiful. Can’t wait for the rest ;-)

  • Thanks so much my dear! Always lovely to hear from you! xx

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • dedmanshootn
    dedmanshootnover 3 years ago

    greate portrait!

  • Thanks so much!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonover 3 years ago

    Ha ha! He’s heard the quote! (“An ostrich with its head in the sand is just as blind to opportunity as to disaster.”)He decided to look for the opportunity of a nice little snack! Did you feed him Liz? Careful with that, they have no regard for fingers! Great close-up, just love those “donsies”!

  • Nope, I need my fingers! Thanks for the visit and kind words Maree!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • andy551
    andy551over 3 years ago

    Perfect! Gorgeous portrait!

  • Thanks so much Andy, appreciation!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Macky
    Mackyover 3 years ago

    Beatiful detail and back lit too. :-)

  • Thanks very much Macky, much appreciated!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Macky
    Mackyover 3 years ago

    I see the ‘u’ fell out of my ‘beautiful’ :-)

  • I don’t mind, do u ?! ;-))

    – Elizabeth Kendall

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