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The ostrich (struthio camelus) is a member of a group of birds known as ratites, that is they are flightless birds without a keel to their breastbone. They are the tallest and heaviest living bird. Most wild ostriches are found in fragmented groups in West, East and South Africa with the majority living in protected game reserves on the east of the continent. They are well adapted to living in dry conditions and are able to survive dehydration of up to 25%. Ostriches have been succesfully domesticated and are now farmed throughout the world, particularly in South Africa, for meat, feathers and leather. The leather goes through a tanning process and is then manufactured into fashion accessories such as boots and bags.
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Musina is situated in the lovely Limpopo Valley, close to the border to Zimbabwe in the midst of game and nature reserves. This ostrich was one of many on a farm near Musina. (South Africa)
PHOTOGRAPHY: Feathered Friends
Canon PowerShot S51S
FEATURED in The Wonder of Wings
5 Jan. 2012.
FEATURED in Artist Universe
5 Jan. 2012.

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ostrich, flightless, domesticated, limpopo valley, bird, musina, bushveld farm, feathers, south africa, elizabeth kendall

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  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 2 years ago

    Great capture of this interesting bird!

  • Thanks Dottie!! ;-)

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonover 2 years ago

    Oh my word! Just look at those dance steps! I can just see the wings swinging in rhythm to the tune he’s hearing! ha ha! Lovely capture Liz!

  • Many thanks Maree: for the fav and your wonderful support!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteover 2 years ago

    Awesome capture stunning bird.

  • Thanks for the fav Julie, great comment!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Rina Greeff
    Rina Greeffover 2 years ago

    ’Let’s rumba, samba& cha-cha…cha’: oulik vasgevang!!

  • haha!! Dankie Rina!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Karen Checca
    Karen Checcaover 2 years ago

    Fabulous work!
    1/4/12

  • Thanks so much for this great feature, wonderful recognition Karen!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 2 years ago

    congratulations for your well deserved feature in the Wonder of Wings group !!!
    my best, francis.

  • Thank you Francis, I so appreciate your comment!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • TokikoAnderson
    TokikoAndersonover 2 years ago

    I see the resemblance between she/he and our foot ball players(victory dance at the touchdown).

  • Smile!! Thanks dear Tokiko!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Dean Cunningham
    Dean Cunninghamover 2 years ago

    wow cool – hes awesome, great pic elizabeth !

  • Thanks for adding to your favs Dean and your fine comment!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciover 2 years ago


    January 4th, 2012
    Happy New Year

    See your work in the Permanents Featured Gallery
    ►Please participate in the ongoing Challenges
    Mary

  • Thanks Mary, I missed this one somehow!! A lovely surprise now!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonover 2 years ago

    Congratulations on the features Liz! Whoot whoot!

  • Thanks so much Maree!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

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