Kunene Region, Namibia, Africa

Ostrich flock walks through flowers. The large birds are peaking up above the flowers with their long necks. The long necks of the ostriches surrounded by the yellow flowers bring the photograph to life.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 6 April, 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: 1/1100s
  • ISO: 800
  • Focal Length: 378.8mm

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

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Ostrich flock walks through flowers. These yellow flowers and ostriches bring the photograph to life. They are peaking up above the flowers with their long necks. The ostrich herd walking through the blossoming flowers is a beautiful scene. Indeed because of the lush environmental conditions.

The male ostriches, also known as cocks or roosters, fight over control of the females, otherwise known as hens. Whichever male wins will become the dominant leader of the flock. The dominant female ostrich will mate with him and only him. In the flock, the dominant male will mate with many of the females.

During their mating season, the male will make a hole in the ground for a nest and begin to attract the females by dancing. The dance includes shaking his tail feathers, dropping to the ground, swaying his neck around and flapping his wings. Once she accepts his courtship, they will mate. When she lays her eggs, she will do so in the nest on the ground. Not laying any ordinary eggs, but the biggest eggs in the world! They come out around 15cm / 6 inches long and weighing up to a staggering 1.5kg / 3.3 pounds. The ostrich flock walking through the flowers and riverbed shows a typical flock of around 10 – 12 members.

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

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