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Looking the part.

Looking the part.
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Copyright: Japie Venter (japie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-11-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Sigma 170-500mm APO, Digital ISO 400, Skylight
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Juveniles [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-11-22 8:37
Viewed: 6465
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this Ostrich chick in the Rhino and Lion reserve. So young but already the attitude is shining through.

More about the Ostrich

It is a huge, unmistakeable flightless bird. Size - enormous - over 2 metres tall. Afrikaans: Volstruis

The Ostrich is the largest bird in the world. Males have striking black and white plumage and females brown plumage.

Truly wild ostriches are found only in the western desert regions and big game reserves. However domesticated birds are found throughout the region - and many of those seen on game farms are descendants of this domestic stock. In the wild, the ostrich is a bird of open plains and semi-desert. It is found in small groups, or in pairs when breeding. Ostriches have dramatic courtship displays, where the luxurious plumes are used to full effect. Male fan out and shake their wing- plumes and 'dance' before females. They also develop bright red shins when breeding and should then not be approached on foot as they can be dangerously aggressive. The legs are long and muscular - allowing ostriches to run at speeds of up to 60 km/h. The feet have only two toes.

Ostriches feed on a range of vegetable matter such as grasses, fruits, flowers, pods and seeds, as well as insects.

The call is a deep booming sound, reminiscent of the roar of a lion: uum-oooh Ostrich nests are a scrape in the ground and in which females lay up to 20 huge eggs. At times more than one female will lay in a nest and nests with over 40 eggs have been recorded.

The camera settings:

Program Setting: Aperture priority
Focal Length: 328mm
F Stop: F/18
Shutter Speed: 1/200
ISO: 400
Tripod: No
Flash: Yes
Reflective Panel: No
Cable release: No

red45, Bernard, Robbrown, Luc, marhowie, willie, PDP, AndyB, gerhardt, RAP, deud, Kirsten, Callie, Ingrid1 has marked this note useful
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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2004-11-22 8:57]

I've never seen young ostrich :-) Cute 'little' bird. I like colouration on its neck and head. Good shot.

Oulik maat, pure kuiken! Good DOF and good colour, I like the composure of the shot, this Chic has an attitude. The head is maybe a bit dark with light on the back, meaning you loose light on the eye. But this chic's head is not big so it could be very tricky. Great shot Japie

Good capture Japie the attitude shows through well, in his looking around at all he surveys, Callie's trick of using infill flash would of lit the eye and shaded head a treat

Very good capture Japie.
It's cute with good compo.
Nice colours and good details.
Well done.

Japie, Great shot brimming with character..Love those little human like ears & black strips I see running through the head & neck..Cute little guy!!

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2004-11-22 12:20]

Very nice Japie. Good capture of a young one which are very illusive ion the wild.
Good detail and nice colours.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-11-22 16:32]

Awww, Ostrich burgers anyone? Very nice Japie. Certainly more cuteness that ass licking :-). Great shot and I'm amazed at how different in colouration the young ones are compared to adults. I guess it must be for camouflage? Well done.

What is this one uggly, not the picture.
Good sharp well done

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-11-22 19:03]

What big ears it has!
A very good capture of this young upstart.
Nice detail and colours.
An interesting note too.
Very well done.

Now this is a cocky little fella! I can see that he will not be frightend by you. Nice shot Japie, the compo is fine great DOF and super subject. TFS.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2004-11-23 4:04]
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Japie, beautiful your small ostrich. I wish her a long life in this reserve.
I grew near a Zoo. Would need that I return to it one day, not to live there but to take photos :).
Good shot and an instructive note.
Thank you

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-11-23 4:12]

Divertida imagen por la singularidad de este pichon.
Buena composicion con agradables detalles sobre el pseudo plumaje, con bonita coloracion y adecuada presentacion.

Amused image by the singularity of this pigeon.
Good composition with pleasant details on the pseudo plumage, with pretty coloration and suitable presentation.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2004-11-23 5:13]
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excellent capture. i don't understand, he is damaged?

cute little guy!nice shot, good details.colours and compo are godo too, well done!

Very nice, Japie. You know I most like macros, but watching your pics, I am sure I would prefer shooting this wonderful subjects if I had the chance. Tha pattern shown is the head makes him look very handsome :D
Thanks very much for sharing. Greetings.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-11-25 13:40]

Pragtige baba vollie. They always remind me of hegehogs - the same spiny, pricky appearance. Nice compo too. I see the red dust has already covered her/him.
Geniet die Kaap! Don't ruin the friendship by shooting more Mugshots in Houtbay!

Dear Japie,
Your photo reminds me of the days when we were running around like mad in the veld on our farm, scooping up ostrich chicks.

Unfortunately they panicked easily and break their legs....

Thanks for sharing your work, and I have added your photo to my new theme "Juveniles"

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