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A female Ostrich I came across during a recent visit to the Rhino and Lion Reserve near Johannesburg.

A light wind was blowing, and I liked the way it lifted up her feathers, showing the textures and colors in them. Behind her is a male Ostrich, with its black feathers.

Shot taken at ISO 250 with -0.3 EV. Focal length was 500mm.

The Ostrich (struthio camelus) is a member of a group of birds known as ratites, that is they are flightless birds without a keel to their breastbone. Of the 8,600 bird species which exist today, the ostrich is the largest. Standing tall on long, bare legs, the Ostrich has a long, curving, predominantly white neck. The humped body of the male is covered in black patches and the wings and tail are tipped with white. The female is brown and white. These huge birds, which sometimes reach a height of 2.6 m and a weight of 135 kg, cannot fly, but are very fast runners.

Ostriches are mainly vegetarian, eating grass, succulents berries and seeds, though they will also eat insects. They swallow large numbers of pebbles which help grind the harder food in the gizzard and aid digestion.

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