Sunday, July 29, 2007

eat your heart out girls.....

Ostriches are such funny birds, for a start they don't fly, but if you have ever seen one relieve itself, we should all be eternally grateful for that!

They are huge when you see one up close..
And very inquisitive.
Although they are wild animals, they tame easily.
In fact they can be riden like horses, as k found out several years ago!
Their babies are disproportianately tiny, look at these little guys (bottom right) following mom and dad through the bush!
But the best is.... wouldn't you just kill for those eyelashes?!!
Speaking of eyelashes, this ground hornbill, (a threatened species, this one is part of a group being bred at Mabula Game Lodge) has the most amazing ones, but I must admit if I had to have that face to go with them, I'd rather stick with my skimpy ones!


Shirley Goodwin said...

Ostriches are kinda like the camels of the bird world, aren't they? That hornbill has a wicked looking beak!

Blue said...

Absolutely gorgeous birds. Huge! I can't imagine riding one like a horse. Almost too crazy!

Sheila said...

Funny birds aren't they!
We have ostrich and emu farms near here, they sell the meat and the eggs, and oil..?
I'm too 'chicken' to try any of it..LOL

RUTH said...

I must admit I was surprised at how large ostriches are when I went to the zoo a few weeks ago. It was the first time I'd seen one in the flesh.