High Plains Kickers~

Look at this big gal! I wasn’t expecting to meet her! If you think she looks surprised, you should have seen Jim’s face. My first thought was that I was looking at Dr. Seus’s Grinch. You have to admit, she looks just like a friendlier version of the grinch…. except she isn’t green. And look at those eyelashes!
We have Holler Ostrich. Actually we don’t have any, but a fellow Hollerite has two. Personally, I don’t see the practicality of pet ostrich for us. I mean they can grow to nine feet, and weigh up to 320 pounds! And they can have attitudes. You can clearly see this guy’s attitude. Would you cross him? Apparently even lions don’t like to mess with ostrich and I can see why.
I think a 9 foot tall, 300 pound, attitudinal bird, that can run 43 mph, makes perfect sense in Africa, but less sense at The Holler. They aren’t your average canary after all. They can kill lions, and are the fastest two-legged creatures on earth!
Check out these female wild southern ostrich in Kruger. Aren’t they gorgeous? They are ballerina stepping, tutu wearing, high plains kickers! The Rockettes of South Africa! You go girls…..
And look how content they are. We saw two groups of ostriches. Females you are looking at here, and another group of males.
Contrary to common belief, ostrich do not hide their head in the sand when scared. Pliny the Elder just made that up around 73AD. But, as you can clearly see in this pic, they do hide their heads under their friend’s skirts. Some friends might consider this annoying, but this one seemed cool with it.
Anyhoo, seeing these incredible birds wild and free in Kruger was unexpected and a big thrill! The red necked northern ostrich at The Holler are endangered in the wild, so our neighbor gets my support for raising and caring for them, even though I would prefer to see them wild, free, and protected, in their native habitat.
Cheers to you from these spectacular, nine foot tall birds, with ‘tudes!

263 thoughts on “High Plains Kickers~

  1. We saw only one ostrich when entering Kruger. The others we came upon were along the Cape Penisula outside of Cape Town. Yes, they are big. Best to use that telephoto lens!


  2. Thirty five years ago my (little) boys and I accompanied my (first) husband to a big zoo in Japan where one of the dojo members was employed. A half dozen or so other karate masters decided to visit with us, also. While there feeding time arrived. They decided it would be fun to feed the ostrich. Being masters of their discipline they were not concerned about a bird kicking (except for the guy who worked there). Of course the ostrich got loose. πŸ˜€ All of the karate masters were unable to catch the ostrich nor herd it back into the ostrich area. They ran in all directions, bumping into each other, dodging the ostrich, bowing polite excuse me to each other … πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ And they were all genuinely afraid of those bird-feet disemboweling kicks!!!


    • Good for the ostrich. No one should antagonize these gorgeous birds and they need to be protected in the wild as they are now only seen in national parks and preserves. Pretty soon the only ostriches will be on meat farms. What a world…..

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      • Yes, we have the pink throats that are critically endangered in the wild, “living” on meat and egg farms. It would be like if we killed all the orcas in the wild, and only had them at sea world where they are abused.


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