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Direitos de Autor: jitti coowanitwong (jcoowanitwong) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1681 W: 0 N: 3120] (13752)
Género: Animals
Meio: Cor
Data da Foto: 2006-11-15
Categorias: Birds
Câmara: canon s3 is
Exposição: f/3.5, 1/160 segundos
Versão da Foto: Versão Original
Data de Submissão: 2006-12-01 3:50
Visto: 3249
Pontos: 30
[Notas - Normas] Nota do Artista

Born to run

The ostrich is the largest and heaviest living bird. It is a flightless bird that can never take to the skies, so instead it’s built for running. Its long, thick, and powerful legs can cover great distances without much effort, and its feet have only two toes for greater speed.

Ostriches can sprint in short bursts up to 43 miles per hour (70 kilometers per hour), and they can maintain a steady speed of 31 miles per hour (50 kilometers per hour). Just one of an ostrich’s strides can be 10 to 16 feet (3 to 5 meters) long—that’s longer than many rooms! They can also defend themselves: they have a 4-inch (10-centimeter) claw on each foot, and their kick is powerful enough to kill a lion.

What are the wings for?
If they can't fly, why do they have wings? For one thing, ostriches hold their wings out to help them balance when they run, especially if they suddenly change direction. Their main use, though, is for displays and courtship, along with the tail feathers.

Birds of a feather
Unlike many birds, ostrich feathers are loose, soft, and smooth. They don’t hook together the way feathers of other birds do, giving ostriches that "shaggy" look. The feathers can also get soaked in the rain, because ostriches do not have the special gland many birds have to waterproof their feathers while preening.

Do they put their heads in the sand?
Actually, that’s a myth: ostriches do not bury their heads in the sand! When an ostrich senses danger and cannot run away, it flops to the ground and remains still, with its head and neck flat on the ground in front of it. Because the head and neck are lightly colored, they blend in with the color of the soil. From a distance, it just looks like the ostrich has buried its head in the sand, because only the body is visible.

Quick facts

Class: Aves (Birds)
Order: Struthioniformes
Family: Struthionidae
Genus: Struthio
Species: camelus
Height: male—6.9 to 9 feet (2.1 to 2.7 meters); female—5.7 to 6.2 feet (1.7 to 1.9 meters)
Weight: male—220 to 287 pounds (100 to 130 kilograms); female—198 to 242 pounds (90 to 110 kilograms)
Life span: 30 to 40 years
Size of egg: averages 6 x 5 inches (15 x 13 centimeters) in size and weighs about 3 pounds (1,500 grams)
Incubation: 42 to 46 days
Number of young at hatch: up to 25 from different females in a common nest
Age of maturity: 3 to 4 years

Fun facts

• When family groups of ostriches meet, they may challenge each other with short chases, then the winning adult pair takes all the chicks with them. Some of these "ostrich nurseries" can end up with 300 chicks and only a couple of adults to look after them all!
• One ostrich egg is equivalent to the weight of about 24 chicken eggs!
• Ostriches are attracted to small, shiny objects and peck curiously at them.


This picture was taken at Dusit Zoo in Bangkok

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You zoo collection is getting better with each new image, JC.
You have managed a very good facial close-up of the ostrich here with perfect details and colours.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-12-01 5:41]

Hi Jitti.
I send your ostrich best regards from my goose. Perfect detailed and truly colored portrait of this cute bird. Nice composition and excellent DOF. I like the POV and cropping of your shot. The delicate colour palette is pleasant to eye so much. My best regards and for you.

Hello Jitti,
This is a beautiful portrait of this big bird. You caught excellent details with nice natural lightning and beautiful glance in its eye. I really enjoyed reading our notes as I didn't know many things that I learned reading them. For example, I didn't know that they were so great runners. I heard recently that these birds, along with hippopotamus were the more dangerous animal for human being, capable to kill in a wink... Thanks for this nice and interesting post.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-12-01 8:11]

Hi Jitti,
Very good portrait of this ostrich, with very good details and pose. I have learned that they do not hide its head the sand. Another myth that dies with information!
TFS, José M.

hi jiit,
nice shot,
well composed, the bird looks quite curious,
natural colours,
fine pov, good dof,
tfs & regards

Hi Jitti,
Nice potrait of this cool guy. Great sharpness, nice DoF.
Great shot.

Ben Lakitan

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-12-02 8:37]

Hello Jitty,
Very nice portrait.POV,catchlight in eyes,framing,details and composition are wonderful.

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  • magal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
  • [2006-12-02 12:05]

Hi Jitti,
Very good portrait of this ostrich with excellent comnposition and very good detail.

Hola Jitti,
Buenisimo primer plano, con gran nitidez. Me encanta la pose del ave, la luz y el color de cine. Un saludo

on pourrait croire qu'il monte la garde en disant < attention je mords>
Très bon sujet, bonne réussite
amitiès et merci du partage

points demain....désolée

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-12-04 12:51]

Hi Jitti
Wow this one is definitive giving you a pose :) Good portrait shot. Good colours, sharpnes, details, light, DOF and POV.
Well done mf.


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-12-04 22:08]

Hello Jitti

A very good close up of this ostrich.Excellent DOF and POV.The details are sharp and clear.Nicely composed portrait,with well saturated colours.Very good eye contact,the ostrich seems to be very interested in what you are doing.TFS


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-12-05 16:24]

Hi Jitti,
it got an eye on you, great close up my friend. Looks very sharp and very detailed. Excellent shot.

Hi Jitti,
very good portrait. I like this a lot. very well done. tfs. Stev

Hello JC,
This is a fine ostrich portrait!
For some reason this one doesn't look as wild as his cousins, this is a more laidback fellow with a better hairdo!
Pablo -

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