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Looking for a wife by patcheah

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Nikon D7000
Tamron 90mm macro lens
Emu at Melbourne zoo,Australia.Please view large.
The emu is Australia’s largest native bird is also its most popular. Emu is a bit of a symbol for Australians – together with kangaroos it’s on Australian passports and government logos.it is found nowhere else in the world but in Australia. Emus belong to a group of flightless birds called ratites, which evolved on Gondwana continent and are not found in Northern Hemisphere. Not all flightless birds are ratites. What distinguishes ratites from others is their lack of keel on their sternum, that’s why their name comes from Latin (ratis) for raft. This is also why they are flightless – they would not have anywhere to attach their wing muscles, even if they were to develop wings suitable for flying.
It may be solitary or live in family groups or large flocks..The soft-feathered, brown, flightless birds reach up to 2 metres (6.6 ft) in height. They have long thin necks and legs. Emus can travel great distances at a fast, economical trot and, if necessary, can sprint at 50 km/h (31 mph) for some distance at a time. Their long legs allow them to take strides of up to 275 centimetres (9.02 ft)6 They are opportunistically nomadic and may travel long distances to find food; they feed on a variety of plants and insects, but have been known to go weeks without food. They also ingest stones, glass shards and bits of metal that help squash food in the digestive system. They drink infrequently, often once every day or two, and ingest copious fluids when the opportunity arises. Emus will sit in water and are also able to swim. They are curious and nosy animals who are known to follow and watch other animals and humans. Emus do not sleep continuously at night but in several short stints sitting down.Emus have a nail on their toes, akin to a knife, which is used in kicking away predators and opponent Emus. Their legs are among the strongest of any animals, allowing them to rip metal wire fences. They are endowed with good eyesight and hearing, which allows them to detect predators in the vicinity. The plumage on an eye varies regionally, matching the surrounding environment and improving its camouflage. The feathers allow the Emu to prevent heat from flowing into the skin, permitting it to be active during the midday heat. They can tolerate a wide range of temperatures and thermoregulate effectively.

Runner up in
Quality Photography & Art Challenge 2011 15th Feb 2012
The world as we see it or missed it 16th Feb 2012
The Amazing Wildlife 15th Dec 2012

Editor’s choice The world as we see it or missed it

RB blog http://blog.redbubble.com/2013/08/east-hotel/?r... 6.8.13

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  • swaby
    swabyabout 3 years ago

    I think I have morning where I feel like this! Excellent shot, wonderful!

  • LOL. Bad hair day! Thanks for your compliment and fav. They roam around a huge enclosure among the visitors.Not shy at all,will stare at you and come quite close.

    – patcheah

  • davvi
    davviabout 3 years ago

    lovely Emu.

  • Thanks Davvi : )

    – patcheah

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 3 years ago

  • Thanks Ray.

    – patcheah

  • peaky40
    peaky40about 3 years ago

    Awesome shot patcheah

  • Thanks so much for your wonderful comment and fav : )

    – patcheah

  • Donna19
    Donna19about 3 years ago

    Oh my gosh!!! This is my old boyfriend! It just figures that he would move from te US to Austrailia because he knew I was hunting him! Thank you very much for the heads up!! Now I know where to find him I can get my stilettos back.

  • LOL Donna! I think he went crazy without you,just look at him! Such a sad sight : )

    – patcheah

  • Dean Cunningham
    Dean Cunninghamabout 3 years ago

    awesome shot – i love emus haha !

  • Thanks Dean.I didn’t realise what he actually looked like until I saw him on my screen. He was so close to me at the zoo that it was difficult to appreciate this ‘handsome’ guy then : )

    – patcheah

  • Edge-of-dreams
    Edge-of-dreamsabout 3 years ago

    Great capture Pat!!

  • Thanks Mia. I had to go again to the zoo to get him.Remember the last time they were not co operative.LOL.

    – patcheah

  • Evita
    Evitaabout 3 years ago

    Great details, an excellent capture !!! ☺♥

  • Appreciate your compliment and thanks for the fav,glad that you like him : )

    – patcheah

  • Karen Stackpole
    Karen Stackpoleabout 3 years ago

    Equal THIRD PLACE with 6 points.
    Congratulations

  • WOW! Thank you very much Karen for this honour! Sorry for this late reply. Thank you to all who supported and voted for this.

    – patcheah

  • WoolleyWorld
    WoolleyWorldalmost 3 years ago

    this beak/profile looks very familiar…..I have followed this guy around trying to draw him many times….your photo is superb!

  • Thank you very much ,appreciate the fav. I tried many times to take his portrait and only one was successful : )

    – patcheah

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