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Ostrich in the Rain

Ostrich in the Rain
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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital ISO-800, Hoya 77mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-04 5:32
Viewed: 3156
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here's a shot I took of an Ostrich at Cotswold Wildlife Park. The weather was foul as you can see but this big fella didn't seem to mind :-)

I hope you like it!

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.

The ostrich is farmed around the world, particularly for its feathers, which are decorative and are also used for feather dusters. Its skin is used for leather and its meat marketed commercially.

Thanks for looking!

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Hi Joe,
A very stunning photo. I really love the light and how it iluminated the outer hairs of the bird. The raindrops give the photo something special. Especially with the combination of the sun. The soft BG outlines the bird perfectly.

The rain is the perfect touch! Really makes this photo true to life. Wonderful shot, great ostrich-y expression. They are mean guys. I was bitten by one once...luckily not kicked. Great shot.

Hi Joe,
This is good image, with streaks of rain drops! I Liked the colors and the exposure here. The guy looks like having an attitude :-)
Goutham R

Hello Joe
This is a stunning capture....I echo all that Niek has said...not much to add apart from congratulations!!
All the Best
(Ps have you thought anymore the lenses in your forum?)

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-01-04 7:55]

Hi Joe!

I saw many boring pictures of ostrich but this one is something new and refreshing! Most pictures show these birds in desert conditions. Ostrich during rain? Splendid idea! And very good realisation I must say.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-04 8:07]

Hi Joe. As the others have said the rain and you use of the light has helped make this a great picture. It could have been just another Ostrich shot. well done . TFS.

Hi Joey
A very atmospheric shot, good detail despite the poor weather. I like the motion of the raindrops and the nicely blurred background.
Kind Regards

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-01-04 9:56]

Hi Joe,
Excellent and unusual capture.Use of backlight,framing,expression on face and raindrops on BG are wonderful.Very well done!
Thanks for posting.

hello Joe

nice picture
good sharping and color
i like the bird

greeting lou

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-01-04 12:03]

Happy New Year to you and yours Joe :o) This is a great shot with HEAPS of character...the falling rain and the grumpy expression make this a stand out shot in my opinion. Well composed with excellent DOF...great job.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2009-01-04 12:58]

Hi Joe

He looks rather resigned to the rain. I love the capture of the rain drops. Great framing of the shot and perfect DOF



Hi Joe,
Despite the rain the guy is as arrogant as ever; very good close up capture of Ostrich with good facial impressio, sharp details, good lighting.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-01-04 15:06]

Hi Joe,beautiful close up as your style in a great background,the drops make a difference,very beautiful work,have a nice week,Luciano

Superb shot, Joe!
Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year!I love the POV and the superb details!

Hello Joe

A wonderful portrait of this ostrich.
The long neck really adds to the effectiveness of the falling raindrops.
A wonderful vertical shot.
Excellent POV and DOF.
The focus is sharp.
Great eye contact.


Is it the height, or does that look 'haughty' to you ?
Emus can't quite pull it off beause they've got those ridiculous Aussie eyebrows, but this one definitely has a 'superior' air about it.
Great capture Joe.

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2009-01-07 23:06]

Weather was bad but still you have managed to make a fantastic picture , Joe. I liked the look on the ostrich's face standing tall and proud. Nice background with raindrops falling down .Good use of light.Very sharp and good details in the plumage.
Thanks for the share,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-01-09 5:13]

hello Joey,
I'm a little late in all my critiques. I was looking through your last postings, which are all excellent. I'm choosing this one, because I like to be surprised by an attitude or something special in a picture. And this fellow just made me laugh! The light management is well done and the framing excellent.
Best reghards

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