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Copyright: Ben Broughton (Lourens) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 186 W: 0 N: 321] (1223)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-12-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 170-500mm APO
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Interacting birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-12-29 13:13
Viewed: 7295
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Ostrich (Struthio camelus) Volstruis

The ostrich is a very large bird – the largest living bird. The height of the male can be up to 2m. The bird is flightless.
The male is mostly black with white wings and buff, white or rufous tail. The female is brownish grey. The neck and legs are very long. Neck is nearly naked and bristly.
Iris is hazel, bill brown and legs are grey.

Distribution: Mainly in the western regions of Southern Africa North of the Orange River. Zimbabwe, Eastern Transvaal and Southern Mozambique.

Habitat: Bushveld to desert.

Habits: Occur in flocks of 30-40 birds when not breeding. Up to 600 birds may gather at waterholes in desert regions.
Adults can run at speeds of 50-60 km/h, sometimes with wings held out for balance. Males perform elaborate displays during courtship and distraction when breeding.

Food: Grass, berries, seeds, succulent plants, insects and small reptiles.

REF: Robert’s Birds Of Southern Africa Sixth Edition.

Shooting Data:

This image was taken in the Krugersdorp Private Game Reserve. This Ostrich was enjoying the green grass.

Nikon D70
Sigma 170-500 set at 270mm
ISO 500
S: 1/400
A: f9
Beanbag used as camera rest.
Post processing done with Photoshop.

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  • Great 
  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2004-12-29 13:17]

Excellent shot Ben. Looks like the wind was pumping quite a bit. Great detail and nice composition and colour.

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2004-12-29 21:32]

It is the power if lens, green and two brown big birds in a beautiful composition very sharp shot from distance nice frame and well done..

Hi Ben

Great image. Love the twist in the neck of the bird to the left. Nice sharp image with the crisp green of the grass adding a nice contrast. TFS

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  • Esox Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
  • [2004-12-30 5:39]

Very good composition.
Good colours and very sharp details.
Great work.

Very good picture Ben.
Good details, colours and composition.
Good note too.
Very well done.

Composition: ****
Sharpness: ****
Color: ****
DOF: ***
POV: ***

Good shot, you could've removed a bit noise.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-12-30 15:00]
  • [+]

Sies, die een was sy voete and die ander een drink die water :) Hierdie is een van die beste volstruis skote wat ek nog gesien het. Uitsekende beligting ook.

Uitstekende werk. Mag jy en jou gesin 'n wonderlike en geseende nuwerjaar geniet.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2004-12-31 5:54]

Excellent shot of these 2 birds. I think they are happy playing in the puddles. Good detail, colours and composition. TFS...

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