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Copyright: Paul Lees (PaulLees) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 548 W: 0 N: 1647] (9004)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-07-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D 300s, Nikkor 200-400mm f4 VR II
Exposure: f/4, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-08-24 4:14
Viewed: 2536
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi All,

Ostrich, common name for a large, flightless bird, now found only in Africa, but formerly found in the Middle East, where it is now probably extinct. Ostriches are the largest and strongest of living birds, attaining a height from crown to foot of about 2.4 m (8 ft) and a weight of up to 136 kg (300 lb). They have long necks and small heads, with large eyes and short, broad beaks. They spread their small wings when running and have long, powerful legs that are used for defense. The feet have only two toes. Male ostriches are black, with white wings and tail. The white feathers of the male, which are large and soft, are the ostrich plumes of commercial value. The female is a dull grayish-brown.

Ostriches are rapid runners and can reach speeds of about 65 km/hr (40 mph). The males are polygamous and travel about with three or four females, or in groups of four or five males accompanied by mates and young. The females lay their yellowish-white eggs together in a single large depression in the sand. The eggs weigh about 1.4 kg (3 lb) each and have a volume of about 1.4 liters (3 pt). The male sits on them at night, and the female incubates them by day.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-08-24 5:24]

Hi Paul,your choice of the moment makes the difference.This light of early morning is perfect to warm the colors and to create a magic atmosphere.Magnificent ostrich and the best way to show us it! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-08-24 6:54]

Hello Paul,
Excellent photo of this Ostrich taken from a very good POV in beautiful light and great sharpness. Great DOF and composition.
Enjoy your weekend,

Hallo Paul
Great shot of this bird with good details and GReat sharpness
i like this picture
nice naturel colours
Hope you see soon with a other picture Paul
thanks greeting lou

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2012-08-24 8:25]

Very good picture Paul! It is a big bird. A picture with great quality and the beautiful light of the morning. Congratulation.

Hi Paul,excellent atmospheric shot of the ostrich with a point of view not often seen in wildlife photography.The details are well brought out in this shot and it appears that some of the bird's feathers are matted and tangled together.I guess that sitting on her nest probably makes the feathers that way.The catch light in this shot is almost hypnotic if you don't mind me saying so.I would love to have a go at seeing and photoing these huge birds someday,but for now I am happy with your excellent shot and thank you for sharing her with us.


Hello Paul
The light catches the ostrich beautifully.
Good point of view and nice eye contact.
Fine detail.
regards yiannis

Hello Paul,
Another masterpiece taken at sunset. Excellent sharpness. Perfect details as usual and lovely natural colors. The composition, the light and exposure are very good. Fantastic razor sharp details.
Thanks for sharing!

Hello Pauly! Nice to see a new photo from you!
Great photo with excellent composition, impressive lighting and very good sharpness.

Ciao Paul, splendid light on lovely ostrih, wonderful warm colors, great sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

Ciao Paul. Amazing light here and warm tones. Stunning details perfect DOF. Best regards.


Very good presentation of the ostrich!
Love the golden touch from this backlit situation.
Sharp eye and really blurred background. Maybe it
would be even better with a little more space to the left?

TFS, Ronny

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