12/31/2011, 12:13 PM
Canon EOS 7D, 1/1250 sec, f/5.6, 310mm (EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM), ISO 400 (auto), Exp comp 0
Sadly a poor photo, but these guys were really fun to see. We had to screech to a halt along the road from Guma Lagoon Lodge to Ghanzi, Botswana to see these immature Ostriches. Their parents were nearby, and they didn't stay for long, and ran off shortly.
An emu at the Santa Ana zoo
A ratite is any of a diverse group of large, flightless birds of the superorder Palaeognathae. There is still some controversy regarding the systematics involved. Some sources state that Ratites are synonymous with Struthioniformes, while other sources state that Ratites are the same group, only that the order Struthioniformes contains only the Ostrich and possibly the Elephant Bird. Ratites belong to the modern bird superorder Palaeognathae which consists of ratites and tinamous (compare to Neognathae). Unlike...