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Muddy Ostrich

Muddy Ostrich
Photo Information
Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-08-27 6:35
Viewed: 3268
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Ostriches live in nomadic groups of 5 to 50 birds that often travel together with other grazing animals, such as zebras or antelopes. They mainly feed on seeds and other plant matter; occasionally they also eat insects such as locusts. Lacking teeth, they swallow pebbles that help as gastroliths to grind the swallowed foodstuff in the gizzard. An adult ostrich typically carries about 1 kg of stones in its stomach. Ostriches can go without water for a long time, exclusively living off the moisture in the ingested plants. However, they enjoy water and frequently take baths.

With their acute eyesight and hearing, they can sense predators such as lions from far away. When being pursued by a predator, Ostriches have been known to reach speeds in excess of 70 km per hour (45 miles per hour), and can maintain a steady speed of 50 km per hour (30 miles per hour).

Ostriches are known to eat almost anything (dietary indiscretion), particularly in captivity where opportunity is increased.
Thermographic image of two ostriches in winter showing high heat retention in the body.
Thermographic image of two ostriches in winter showing high heat retention in the body.

Ostriches can tolerate a wide range of temperatures. In much of its habitat, temperature differences of 40°C between night- and daytime can be encountered. Their temperature control mechanism is more complex than in other birds and mammals, utilizing the naked skin of the upper legs and flanks which can be covered by the wing feathers or bared according to whether the bird wants to retain or lose body heat.

Camera Model Name
Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Shooting Date/Time
15/08/2007 15:26:23
Tv(Shutter Speed)
Av(Aperture Value)
Metering Modes
Evaluative metering
Exposure Compensation
ISO Speed
EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM
Focal Length
400,0 mm
Image size
3888 x 2592
Image Quality
White Balance
AF mode
One-Shot AF
Picture Style

When lying down and hiding from predators, the birds lay their head and neck flat on the ground, making them appear as a mound of earth from a distance. This even works for the males, as they hold their wings and tail low so that the heat haze of the hot, dry air that often occurs in their habitat aids in making them appear as a nondescript dark lump. When threatened, Ostriches run away, but they can cause serious injury and death with kicks from their powerful legs.

The most unique behaviour occurs when a pair of ostrich bearing young meets another pair. The parents will fight and the winning pairs will be parents of both pairs' offspring. It has been reported that the biggest group of ostriches contains 300 offspring(wiki)

Taken in captivity; the 'Olmense zoo'
With monopod.

...a nice day!

mcnk, Mikolaj, nglen, lise, kjpweb, John_F_Kennedy, Christian76, Silvio2006, MMM has marked this note useful
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  • mcnk (22)
  • [2007-08-27 6:39]

Great shot, great information.

Hello Annick! Wonderful portrait! Excellent eye! Good picture.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-08-27 6:43]

Hi Annick. What a fantastic shot. so clear with fine detail and sharp focusing. showing the eye off to its best. good colours. well done TFs. good notes..

Cool portrait, Annick!

Hi Annick,

Another one of your very good portraits. All that mud gives the picture real character. Very well done.


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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-08-27 6:48]
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Hello Annick!
Yesterday I tried to take picture of such bird. But it was too far for my lens, so detail and sharpness were very bad.
You portrait is wonderful!

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2007-08-27 6:55]

Hi Annick,
Fantastic shot of this ostrich!!
Everythings is perfect, like always
Beautiful details and sharp colors.
Great work and TFS

this cheeky chappy looks a bit like my emu, and looks as if he could do with a bath.

A very great macro of this bird, with excellent sharpness and details.
Best wishes,

Bonjour Annick
Très beau portrait d'autruche.
Belle netteté et arrière plan bien flou pour faire ressortir le sujet.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-08-27 12:05]

Hi Annick
Beautiful portrait.Excellent POV and very sharp iamge with fantastic details.Love ly BG colors.
TFS Michel

Hello Annick,
Nice "macro" portrait! Very sharp and nice BG.

Hi Annick, great portrait with splendid expression, very well done, ciao Silvio

Magnifique gros plan avec tellement de détails précis et les couleurs sont superbes.

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