Oscar the Ostrich

By: danitacahill

Mar 20 2012

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Category: Animals, Birds, bokeh, Portrait photography


Focal Length:190mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 5D Mark II

I don’t really know this ostrich’s name, but he reminds me of Oscar the Grouch off the American children’s show, Sesame Street.

Can you see the resemblance too?

This big bird lives at the Wildlife Safari in Winston, Oregon. He spends a good deal of his time standing in the road putting on a show for the passing cars. He opens his mouth wide, chomps at the air, closes his eyes and makes big gulping motions.

I assume he’s begging (demanding?) food. But whatever he’s doing, it’s very bizarre. And a little freaky, although he looks fairly friendly and docile in this shot.

Ostrich’s are known to peck at shiny things, such as wedding rings or human eyes so we left our windows rolled up tight. This photo was shot through the driver’s side glass with my new camera. The camera and I are getting acquainted. It doesn’t yet feel like an extension of my own body like my older Canon, but that should come. With time and use.

Over the next several days, I’ll be sharing photos from our Wildlife Safari trip, which we took the end of last month. These photos are for viewing enjoyment only. None of them are for sale.

Copyright Danita Cahill.


14 comments on “Oscar the Ostrich”

  1. Ha, this is the best photo I’ve seen in a while… really makes me smile! What a goofy looking chap. He does remind me of Oscar the Grouch. I’ve only seen ostrich at a distance so seeing his face like this, able to examine it as it were, is a real treat, thanks!

  2. You’re welcome, Indigo. So happy this goofy bird made you smile! I’m fond of this shot, too. So whiskery-looking, with such shiny eyes. I’ve entered it my camera club’s open class competition for April. We’ll see how it does.

  3. Great photo! I love ostriches because of their stern looks.

  4. sUCH A GREAT EXPRESSION. oSCAR, YES! I hate cap lock!!!!

  5. Have had my eye on a 5d mkII for a while now…very envious! This is a GREAT shot!

  6. Thanks Cindy! Canon just came out with the 5D Mark lll. Just after I bought a Mark ll, of course!

  7. […] see other photographs that really celebrate the eye as the main focus, click here, here and […]

  8. Thanks so much, Reem. This shot cracks me up. The bird was so insane.

  9. Reblogged this on miracahills and commented:

    An Ostrich to brighten your Thursday!

  10. I love this photo. Could I acquire a copy of it to hang in my apartment?

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