Ostrich Portrait

Ostrich, Linyanti, BotswanaJust a simple ostrich portrait for a Friday. The facts: The ostrich is the largest bird species on the planet. They can’t fly. The myths: They hide their head in the sand when frightened. This ostrich was doing his best to avoid the flies (obviously not good enough) in the Linyanti Concession of Botswana.
Nikon D300 with Nikkor 200-400mm lens (at 400mm) ISO 400, f/5.6 at 1/400th of a second

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  1. Peter Butterfield July 14, 2017 at 7:24 am #

    —– Not even Jim Henson
    —– At peak of his power could
    —– Fashion such a Muppet .

  2. mom July 14, 2017 at 7:28 am #

    Eyes and lashes like a giraffe, not to mention the long neck. But the ostrich looks like a “before” and the giraffe is “after” cosmetic assistance! A little mascara here would go a long way, Shardae.

    • Shardae July 14, 2017 at 10:38 am #

      It sure would!!

  3. Rachel Bellenoit July 14, 2017 at 9:44 am #

    🙂 Betcha this ostrich wishes it could put his head in the sand!

  4. Sue July 14, 2017 at 10:49 am #

    What awesome creatures. Certainly, flies think so!

  5. Amanda D July 14, 2017 at 10:51 pm #

    Unusual and fascinating creature….thanks for sharing this one!

  6. michael huber July 15, 2017 at 2:34 am #

    great pic. this big bird has a small brain, for how big it is, I think, it is the dumbest bird in the world. ? )

  7. Angelina July 17, 2017 at 12:19 pm #

    Love this shot! Can’t get over the length of that neck! That’s a far way for food to travel, gulp!