This is Love

Pamela Phelps

Phillipsport, United States

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“Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides, you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is.” ~Louis de Bernieres

Ostriches have a courtship which involves the male sitting on his hacks, waving his wings around and throwing his head from side to side. During this time he makes a deep thumping sound or inflates his neck and emits a loud booming noise. A receptive female walks with her head down making a clucking noise and shaking her wings. The male will then approach her and she will sit down to allow him to mate with her. As with most birds mating does not take long.

Photographed in Glen Wild, New York, USA. (These birds are pets on a local farm only!) There was quite the commotion as another male ostrich on the other side of the fence approached. That only gave this male, more incentive to gather the attention of his female.

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