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Astretch week # 3


You all remember the ostrich chick on the previous picture. That chick is one of a clutch of 13 little ostriches - still the same number as when they hatched. The survival rate of ostriches is around 15% during their first year. Now, this clutch is nearly 3 months old and was still intact. Daddy Ostrich is the main protector, so this lot has got a hard working dad. Here he is in action. Two strange females came walking by and too close to the chicks. The one female heeded the first warning, but this one was a bit too nosy, so she got told off in no uncertain way.


All the best for this weekend.



comments (16)

Sauve qui peut !!!
Louis: Merci, Martine. C'est une bonne idée.
Go Daddy! smile
Great shot of the action, Louis!
Louis: Thank you Elizabeth. Soon, you will be under daddy's wing smile
YAY for protective dads who have kept so many of us "alive" throughout our important years. Great story for this image, Louis.
Louis: Thank you Ginnie. It was fun to observe his protective behaviour.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 9 Sep 2016, 07:11
There's no mistaking his opinion on the matter Louis!
Louis: I love how she lifts herself, to run faster.
Get set, ready, go! Wonderfully captured Louis.
Louis: Thank you Richard. A lot of energy to protect the chicks.
Love the photo with the dust flying. Good Daddy.
Louis: Daddy is pure action, thanks Mary.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 9 Sep 2016, 11:37
It is all action here, Louis!
Louis: It is, Ray, thank you.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 9 Sep 2016, 12:17
I know that seagulls eat the young of other gulls given half a chance. Is this his reason for shooing them away, or just a territorial defence? Great action shot.
Louis: I have never heard of them eating the young, so it must be territorial. Thank you blackdog.
now that is what i call taking to one's heels, Louis. well reacted and shot by you!
Louis: Thank you Ayush. She showed a clean pair of heels.
Looks like a bit of a dust up Louis.
Louis: We'll know as soon as the dust has settled, gutteridge.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 9 Sep 2016, 13:08
You certainly caught the action, Louis. Good for dad!
Louis: They are model fathers to their young. He also does a lot of the teaching.
Good old dad!
Louis: Sometimes you can go with them smile
A fine example of fatherhood.
Louis: Chase the babes away, in stead of ...
Get off my territory!
Louis: A strong message, yes.
No head-burial here... look at them go...
Louis: Too fast to waste time with burial rites, yes Larry.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 11 Sep 2016, 13:17
WOW... this is serious business... I once saw a program about Ostriches... they needed to be captures to move them to another farm... that was hard work smile
Louis: Thanks for the comment Astrid. Catching them can be hard work, or with some preparation, it can be quite easy.

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