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09/02/2009

Southern Ostrich, Etosha National Park, Namibia


This photo was taken in Etosha National Park in Namibia and shows two ostriches. The Ostrich Struthio camelus is a large flightless bird native to Africa. 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 rarities. 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.

2 comments:

roentarre said...

These ostridges look innocent there. Great compostion elements and add a lot of wild game spirit to the shot

Marlene Affeld said...

Great shot - I love the ostrich, called a Nandu in Argentina - it is the symbol of my business - always searching for that elusive tantilizing tidbit.

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