Kunene Region, Namibia, Africa

The ostrich flock in flowers. Undoubtedly they use them as protective coverage. The bird’s massive bodies are mostly covered by the foliage, revealing their long necks. The dazzling yellow of the flowers adds much beauty.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 11 September, 2020

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This photograph was captured with a X-H1 and a lens. The following settings were used:

  • Aperture: ƒ/7.1
  • Exposure time: 1/1250s
  • ISO: 800
  • Focal Length: 378.8mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 6000 by 4000 pixels (WxH).

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The ostrich flock in flowers because they use them as protective coverage. They are all alert, looking in all directions to see if there’s any incoming danger. The bird’s massive bodies are mostly covered by the foliage, revealing their long necks are sticking out. The dazzling yellow of the flowers adds much beauty to the environment. As well as making the flowers pop.

Ostriches are flightless birds. However, as incredible runners, they make that up for being flightless. Their sturdy legs, thighs, and feet bring them to speeds over 70 km/h. During their fast dashes, they hold out their small wings on either side. That helps them with body balance.

The ostrich flock is in flowers because that is one of their diet staples. They also eat leaves and roots. However, they are not entirely vegetarian! They will even eat small bugs, insects, lizards, and other little creatures. They share a habitat with other grazers such as wildebeest, zebras, and other antelopes. Since the grazers’ footsteps draw out the insects and bugs for the ostriches, they have a mutually beneficial relationship. Ostriches can spot predators coming and will alert the grazers.

The ostrich, Struthio camelus, is in category least concern on the IUCN red list.

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