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hear me sing!

hear me sing!
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Copyright: Stephanie Loh (greenpinkorange) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 94 N: 415] (1789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3i, Tamron AF55-200mm F/4-5.6 LD MACRO Di II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Open Up ...Part I [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-09 9:05
Viewed: 4500
Points: 52
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DESCRIPTION: Largest living bird

MALE Males are jet black with white plumage and bright red or blue skin

FEMALE Females are fairly uniform in color, with earthy gray-brown plumage and skin color

SIZE: Approximate height 2.75 m (9 ft.)

WEIGHT: Up to 156.5 kg (345 lb.)

DIET: Bulk of food is vegetation, fruit, seeds, leaves, shoots, shrubs, succulent plants; also invertebrates, occasionally lizards, and other small vertebrates. Stones are ingested to aid in digestion

INCUBATION: Approximately 40 days


LIFE SPAN: Approximately 40 years in managed situations, unknown in the wild

RANGE: Common in the wild in East Africa

HABITAT: Open country, desert areas, and dry savannah


1. One ostrich egg equals up to 24 chicken eggs. And it takes approximately 2 hours to boil!

2. Ostriches can run up to 70 km/hr (40 mph) and can outpace most pursuers, such as lions, leopards, and hyenas.

3. It is the largest and heaviest living bird. It is unable to fly and does not possess a keeled sternum (breastbone) common to most birds.

4. Ostriches stretch out their neck and lay their head on the ground to keep from being seen, hence the myth that ostriches hide in the sand.

5. Ostriches are so powerful that a single kick at a predator, such as a lion, could be fatal.

6. A female ostrich shows a remarkable ability to recognize her own eggs even when mixed in with those of other females in their communal nest.


Joke or not? You decide...

Bird in The Poo

A little bird was flying south for the winter. It got so cold it froze up and fell to the ground in a large field.

While it was lying there, a cow came by and dropped some dung on it. As it lay there in the pile of cow dung, it began to realize how warm it was. The dung was actually thawing him out! He lay there all warm and happy, and soon began to sing for joy.

A passing cat heard the little bird singing, and came to investigate. Following the sound, the cat discovered the bird under the pile of cow dung, and promptly dug him out-and then ate him.

The morals of the story are:

1. Not everyone who drops poo on you is your enemy.

2. Not everyone who gets you out of poo is your friend.

3. When you're in deep poo, keep your mouth shut!

**All SH*T words have been replaced by poo.

PP WOrk:
Reduced for TN


sunkirana, GLEM, glazzaro, SelenE, gurupawan, cecilia, Hil, Alex99, star74, marieproue, clnaef, Necipp, lgfoto, marhowie, gracious has marked this note useful
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Very funny image. Beautiful done.

You could count the hairs on this fella, Steph...see what he had for lunch...and almost smell his breath!

A great Ostrich shot, well done!

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-04-09 10:20]

Hi Stephanie,
Excellent shot of the 'singing' Ostrich. Perfect moment and pose. Lovely pink colour and sharp details. The BG is so special. Very nicely composed and framed. Kudos.

Hi Steph, :-), this looks like a ostrich in heaven, in front of pearly gates!.... or atleast you dreaming of an ostrich with all those shiny, pearly lights floating around it.

Nice effect. The details are good. Colours true.

Good work, Warm regards, K

Hahahaha, Steph, that's lovely, I realy can hear him - but I wouldn't say it's a nice song ;-) You captured the perfect moment, thanks, I like it so much
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-04-09 10:29]

Hi Stephanie,
très joli portrait et note intéressante. J'aime sa couleur rose qui lui donne cet aspect fragile, et moment de chant parfaitement capté.



Looks like she got a little bit of a sun burn. ;) Nice detail, well taken.


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  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2007-04-09 11:55]

great focus good expression with the open mouth. nice colors and good DOF

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-04-09 12:19]

Hi Stephanie,
Funny pose of the ostrich. He really looks like he's singing :o) Your timing was very good. TFS

Hi stephanie,

A lovely action shot captured very well, for sure dont want to hear what he is trying to convey coz feel he would be way too loud looking at his mouth open. The BG makes this bird dropping from sky or the aliens trying to hijack this guy.Very well done on this one.



Love all the fine detail and colour. Well captured.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-04-09 20:24]

Hi Steph,
Funny capture with great details and nice colors, the face you captured is almost as funny as your joke, thanks for sharing.

salut stephanie
tu as l'air de la deranger mais cela donne une photo tres expressive.felicitations.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-04-10 5:36]

Hi Stephanie,

Superb portrait shot of the Ostrich, I think its ready for love with the red tinge on its face, nicely composed shot with a great POV and fabulous pose, the detail is really sharp, great colours too and I like the dappled Sunshine in the BG.

TFS Hilary :o)

Great POV with perfect sharpness, superb colour and details on this beauty!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-04-10 13:03]

Hi Stephanie.
Amazing expressive close-up shot with great POV, excellent vertical cropping and composition, tremendous sharpness and details of the bird and terrific colour palette.
Superb done and TFS.

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  • star74 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 211 W: 3 N: 598] (2474)
  • [2007-04-10 14:03]

Hi Stephanie,
Very cute capture of this ostrich.
Nice pose and details.

Très bon gros plan avec tous les détails.

Est-ce du chant ou de la contestation !
Bonne journée.

Hello Steph,
I knew this joke too :)! This is a very funny and so close portrait of this tall bird. It really looks like laughing actually, maybe about one of your jokes? This is an impressive POV with great details, colors, exposure and compo. Well done!

Hi Stephanie,
I photographed a similar open-beak-Ostrich...(not posted yet)
You composed it very well. Good sharpness. No poo:-)

Hello Stephanie this is a superb catch the pov and expression captured is really well caught. Nice focus and detail I like the background too. Very well done tfs rgds Necip.

Hi Stephanie,
Excellent shot of the Ostrich.
Perfect moment and pose.


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  • lgfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 194 W: 13 N: 279] (1536)
  • [2007-04-16 17:34]

Great timing of the capture Steph! Very nice BG and sharp details of it's head.Well done.TFS

Hi Stephanie,
Wow, what a looker! :)
Excellent eye contact, framing, and POV of this comical character. Very nice sharpness and detail as well. The OOF highlights of the BG add well also IMHO.
Nice work.

Hello Loh,
great captured of this wonderful animal with good clarity, colour and details
Tony Ho

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