Ostrich at the pan
|Copyright: Catia Martire Centonze (micica)
|Date Taken: 2008-10|
|Camera: Nikon D70|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2009-01-20 11:12|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|hi together!I am back on tn after a little break. i caught this ostrich at the salt pan of etosha national park. it was quite near to our car and i caught this possibility. |
The ostrich (Struthio camelus) is a large flightless bird native to Africa (and formerly the Middle East). It is the only living species of its family, Struthionidae, and its genus, Struthio. Ostriches share the order Struthioniformes with the Emu, kiwis, and other ratites. It is distinctive in its appearance, with a long neck and legs and the ability to run at speeds of about 74 km/h (46 mph), the top land speed of any bird. The ostrich is the largest living species of bird and lays the largest egg of any bird species.
The diet of the ostrich mainly consists of plant matter, though it eats insects. It lives in nomadic groups which contain between five and 50 birds. When threatened, the ostrich will either hide itself by lying flat against the ground, or will run away. If cornered, it can cause injury and death 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.
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Ciao Catia, bello struzzo e splendido panorama sulla savana, compositivamente un po' pił di spazio indietro sarebbe stato, a mio avviso, opportuno, brava, ciao Silvio