I’ll let them speak for themselves…
Posted March 14, 2013 by bulldog in birds, Photography
Tagged with big birds, kalahari, mothers and chicks, nature, Ostrich, running male.
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Fantastic shots & I love the captions.
Very well captured… !!
Thank you very much..
Love the babies! How wonderful to have captured the moment!
One of those moments you never forget… as it is quite unusual for them to be out in the open…
How cute is this .. with all those chicks .. fantastic .. plenty of them. What I understand they are very strong birds and quick to run … great shots again – I sound like on old vinyl … Have a great weekend now, you two .. lovebirds.
Thanks Viveka… yes as adults these are very strong birds… but the survival rate of the young is not very good.. so many are taken by predators, Jackal being one of the biggest culprits, but the jackal have to keep away from the striking feet of the Ostrich that can kill them… but they are fairly vulnerable when young…
That is so sad to read .. that the chicks have it tough.
I have heard that the adult birds can kick a man to death.
The adult strikes forward with his foot… the two toe is sharp and strong and will rip one to pieces… I have bred and raised ostrich and have had a few close encounters with irate males during breeding time.. but if one lies flat on the ground he has trouble kicking you… you see he has to raise his chest to kick forward and you, being on the ground he has trouble seeing you… he might stamp on you but normally does no damage…
Been backed up into a thorn bush as well by one, but he is scared of his eyes and wont follow you in, however if you grab his neck and pull his head down… he can’t kick you as his chest is then lowered… fun to be around though… we raised the chicks by hand, taking them from the parents after 3 or 4 days… our success was near 80% raised… in the wild only about 15% make it…
I have either read about it or seen it on Nature Channel – about the strength they have. 15% only – how sad.
While living in Dublin I had Ostrich meat twice, but I think the restaurants didn’t know how to prepare it – because it’s wasn’t that great, as when I tried on food exhibitions and it was fantastic. Not surprised at all that you have been in breeding business. I think I would be okay with Ostriches, but I’m truly scared of turkeys – evil birds and swans too when they want to. Been chased by a swan once, don’t ask me why .. he just came after me – and he was mad and fast.
Not afraid of swans anymore, but turkeys – no way.
The young ones are soooooo cute. Well done.
Great photos! It was nice to see the little one…it’s not something you normally see when it comes to ostrich’s. Thanks for the treat!!!
Yes when they are small the adults will try and keep them in longer grass in which they’re very well camouflaged….
so lovely so lovely… Thank you, love, nia
Too cute…..love it
THOSE CHICKS ARE ADORABLE!!!!
I think so too…
OH…..MY…..GOSH……………………………….Well first of all, AMAZING images.!!! How cool is that….and OH….MY…..GOSH…….BABIES!!!!!!!!!!!
Such a great capture and series!! Second…………I almost choked on my toast when I read the last caption…LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!! Thanks Bulldog
It just seemed fitting…
What is the story behind the butterflies and the ostriches in the photograph if any, are they connected in some manner?
Not at all Alex… they were all at a water hole together.. but the young being inquisitive were doing their best to catch one…
Thanks for the background, awesome to catch butterflies and ostriches together.
Awe…that’s so cute! I thought they are anything, so I’m surprised about the butterflies.
If they could have caught the butterflies they would have eaten them….
Love it Bulldog, and the captions are excellent!
Thanks very much…
The youngsters are breaking out with mom! Beautiful.
They are very entertaining.. but are normally kept within the longer grass not to attract the attention of predators…
I’m all nostalgic for my emus now – great shots!
Great photos Bulldog and your captions are always spot on!
Sooooo great bulldog~ shots and captions – amazing!! x RL
You’d really have to be Johnny-on-the-spot to get these pictures. What a sight that would be to see the whole family.
Thank you.. it was a great find as normally the young are kept in grass as part of their survival…
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