They remind me,
of my childhood ballet teachers.
They have the same haughty
and graceful moves.
They love shaking their tutus,
and dressing up for opening night!
Check out the even more graceful wild ones in South Africa at:
Wishing you a Joyous & Healthy New Year from the prancing dancers at Ostrich Land in California~
291 thoughts on “Odd Birds~”
Ah! I see the resemblance also 😉
Smiling…. I still hear their commands in my head! “Straighten up Cynthia, lift up your head!” 😉 😉
Ha! So true 😯
Very funny post! Happy New Year, Cindy!! All the best of health, love and joy🦜🥰🎄🙏🏽❣️👍
So beautiful 🌹
Thank you & cheers! დ
Hope the new year is full of wonderful images for you. May you be fully blessed!
Thank you very much Jim. Wishing You Health & Happiness in The New Year! 🤩🌃🎆✨
Just look at those funny faces!
I should have done a ‘Caption This’ post! 😉
Looks like me after a rough night’s sleep!
Laughing…..Me too. But they dress much better! 😉 😉 Happy New Year! 🌃🥂🎇
Best wishes for health and happiness in the new year!
Visa versa 2UX2 my friend! Happy New Year 👪🌃🥂🎇🎄
Probably could’ve just been titled, “Odd”, because that’s the real operative word for these guys. I’d align with your prior post – wild would be the better sight. You have a more than interesting ability discovering.
Did I ever reference the YouTube channel, the “Lion Whisperer”. And he is. A private South Africa reserve for lions with special needs. Love the lions, but him just as much because his relationship with them is all about natural respect. I’m sure you’d appreciate this man and his mission.
I have seen this man and his lions. The mutual love and trust is heartbreakingly beautiful. Thank you Neil. Wishing You All the Best in The New Year! 👪🌃🥂🎇🎄
They’re not odd – they’re characterful! Here’s to another year of wildlife blogging from you Cindy: I love your posts.
Smiling… Spoken like a truly tactful person! I think I have lots of character too…. 😉 😉 I love your posts too Margaret. Happy New Year! 👪🌃🥂🎇🎄
Oh, I do love a mutual admiration society! Thanks Cindy!
Wow! These are outstanding. I have to say, face-wise? They ain’t the prettiest but add those tutus and we can find their beauty 😉
The tutus make the bird, shall we say? 😉 😉
How fortunate I am to see them fairly regularly here 🙂
Yes indeed you are. Happy New Year Anne! 👪🌃🥂🎇🎄
Happy new year, Cindy!
Only The Best in The New Year to You Peter! 👪🌃🥂🎇🎄
Merci beaucoup mon Ami Alethea! დ
Amazing and most beautiful. Love it
So happy you do & thank you! Cheers to you დ
Happy New Year CK. Wish you the best always. God bless all. Cheers.
They do look a bit haughty, don’t they 🙂 Happy New Year 2023!
Yes! Cheers & Happy New Year Emily დ
Happy New Year to you and yours, Cindy! Still giggling over these ostriches reminding you of your childhood ballet teachers!
So happy I made you smile Debbie. Thank you my friend & cheers! დ
Hi Cindy! Sorry for the delay in meeting again. Great characters on your side. Lol I remember some face expressions also by some of our human neighbors in the village. 😉 I hope you had a nice Christmas celebration, and wish you and yours a wonderful start to the New Year! xx Michael
Yes indeed. I can already envision your neighbors Michael! 😉 😉 All The Very Best to You in The New Year my friend 👪🌃🥂🎇🎄
Super funny post, especially after I watched “Sleeping Beauty” with my granddaughter. 😊
Someone just shared a clip of this here! This must have been buried in my childhood unconscious. It is hilariously accurate!! 😉 😉
They are both weird and beautiful looking to me. Those big eyes! ❤️
Yes! Very observant of you. They have beautiful eyes and lashes. დ
Ahh I shall enjoy the oddysey! I’m totally emused, my friend!
（✿ ͡◕ ᴗ◕)つ━━✫・*💕💕💕
I am glad I am not being ostracized for this post! 😉 😉
Lol! Happy 2023, my friend! 🤗💕🌈
Awww…. Thanks much! დდ
Wow – I hope your ballet teachers are not around to hear that they look like ostriches! Great pics, as usual. 😊
I hope not either!! I did become friends with my third grade teacher later in life. She was a rare gem. And my kindergarden teacher too! Another wonderful teacher. Both seemed amused by my child self so I think I’ll survive either way! 😉 😉
What a breathtaking and beautiful ballet of ostrichs!
I wish you a Happy and Healthy New Year too, dear Cindy!
Danke meine liebe Freundin Martha. Ich wünsche Ihnen Gesundheit und Glück im neuen Jahr! 👪🌃🥂🎇🎄
They are both graceful and comedically gangly 😆 Your photos make them more beautiful than they appear in real life! 🤍🖤 Happy New Year to you, too, Cindy! Can’t wait to see your posts for 2023!
Thank you dear Teresa. I so look forward to sharing another year with you my friend. I wish you ✨ happiness in the new year!
Grazie mille David! დ
Those feathers are amazing. Dark around the core, long and bright white below, what an arrangement. Nature is wonderfully creative. Thank you for bringing photos and thoughts I wouldn’t see or have otherwise. Happy New Year!
I am touched my your very kind words Mary. Thank you sincerely. Wishing You a Happy & Healthy New Year! 🎊🥂🍾
Those are beautiful portraits of them, Cindy!
Thank you Lavinia. Wishing You a Healthy & Happy New Year! 🎊🥂🍾
Beautiful photos of these birds, Cindy. Happy New Year to you and those you love. Health and happiness as well. 💥
All The Very Best in 2023 to You Lynette! Wishing You Health & Happiness in The New Year my friend 🎊🥂🍾
Thank you very much. 🥂
Perfect outfits for New Year’s Eve!
Great shots, Cindy! HAPPY NEW YEAR! 🌹
Happy New Year Resa! Can’t wait to see what we both get up to in 2023! 🎊🥂🍾
I can’t believe you got to see them live, and in living color. That’s so exciting. They are beautiful and your photographs make them into perfect models I just love them. What a great post. Thank you, as always. <3
Wishing You Only The Best & Brightest in 2023 Gigi. I so look forward to sharing another year with you my friend. Your wonderful art lightens my life. Happy New Year! 🎊🥂🍾
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All the best in the New Year to you, too, Cindy <3
Thank you Rosaliene & All The Best to You in 2023!🎊🥂🍾
Love these birds often looking so comical yet as you say graceful at the same time ..
Have a WONDERFUL New Year Cindy and thank you for all of your visits throughout the year ..
Love and Best wishes Cindy for 2023, and thank YOU for all your wonderful shares of nature, May your adventures continue to inspire us all as you share the beauty <3 …
Wishing you All The Best in 2023 Sue & look forward to sharing another year with you my friend! Happy New Year! 🎊🥂🍾
Thank you dear Cindy and Likewise… Much love <3
What a great stare! Love ostriches! 🤗🥰❤️
They are amazing. Happy you enjoyed & cheers დ
Cute. Cute. Cute. I want to pat their roundness.
You’d have to make sure they were cool with that first! 🙂 They are, after all, 9 feet tall!! That is big for a bird with an attitude! 🙂
Darn… I suppose that would be wise 🤔
After the first two pictures I thought you were going to say… of a recent ex-president of the USA. 😂
Cracking up….. Why didn’t I do a caption this contest as someone suggested! Hilarious! დ
Such gorgeous and unusual creatures
They are especially thrilling to see in the wild, where their natural elegance is most evident დ
The same back to you Cindy 😊🎉
You have the best way of connecting with nature. The tutu analogy was brilliant. Happy New Year, my dear friend. Thank you for an amazing 2022. Here’s to the many adventures that will come in 2023.
Here’s to you Rebecca. You add joy to my life. All the Very Best in 2023 my friend! Happy & Healthy New Year! 🎊🥂🍾
They are really beautiful animals. Fantastic shots.
Happy new year!
Happy & Healthy New Year dear Ute! 🎊🥂🍾
Wishing you the same Cindy! Thank you for being here!
The pictures and accompanying words were fabulous! The facial expressions and their upright postures.
Thank you. Yes, the strange facial expression and rigid upright posture are what triggered my recognition, and they walk in perfect plie’s! 🙂
Your explanation is perfect!
Great analogy! Happy 2023 to you as well. 🎉
Happy & Healthy New Year Eliza to you and yours! 🎊🥂🍾
Emotions for the soul, remained for my soul! I hug you with love! Divine blessings and infinite love forever! Magical, loving and beautiful New Year! Happy New Year and Happy New Year 2023! ☘🤗🥂🎄
I wish you every blessing in The New Year Ileana. Health & Happiness my friend! 🎊🥂🍾
Imagine bumping into one of those on leaving your tent Cindy. We have lots of its smaller (thankfully) cousins, the emu. We were on a working holiday once as kids with my parents, and their work tent was trashed by a group of them. Curious as anything pulling the place apart. The poor worker that woke up with this going on all around him ran screaming into the darkness 🤣 Great post dear lady, they are indeed a big bird. I think if they can bail up a lion, I too would run off screaming into the darkness if they visited 😂❤️🙏🏽
Oh, this made me laugh. Although, I can well imagine your parents, and the poor worker, were far from amused. I saw your emus on my last trip and even managed some not very good photos. A neighbor at The Holler has several. They are very puzzling birds. I would not want to make either an emu or an ostrich mad. They remind me of placid, for the moment, meat-eating dinosaurs!
Have a lovely and Happy New Year dear lady, I look forward to more delightful images in the new year. And thank you for sharing so much incredible beauty this last year as well 🤣😀❤️🙏🏽🦋✨🎇💥🌹🍾🍸🌺🌟🌈🕊💫
Great photographs as always Cindy. I love the High Plains Dancers.
Thank you David. Very pleased you enjoyed & cheers my friend დ
That was good for a chuckle, but I was still in awe of the great photos you took!
Awww….. Thank you very much & cheers to you დ
Amazing photo! Thank’s for share Cindy.
Happy New Year! All the best!
You are most welcome. I wish you ✨ happiness in the new year Elvira!
All the best as well, happiness!✨
I just love their cute little faces. Awesome photos, Cindy!
Merci beaucoup mon Ami Kymber დ
What a delight they are! You captured wonderful expressions.
So happy you enjoyed & thanks much Janis დ
Girl, so clever!! Love!!!
Smiling. Thank you Jessica! დ
You’re welcome. ⭐️❤️
Oh, this made me smile. I never thought about that, but they do carry themselves that way (not that I ever took ballet).
It is not just the rigid posture, but the impossibly straight and high way they hold their heads! 🙂
That makes sense. It’s funny, I was just reading WILD RITUALS and learned that male ostriches have testosterone pink on their shins during breeding season, and then I saw your wonderful ostrich photos. Synchronicity!
I love synchronicity!
They are graceful and they are proud of their tutus therefore they love to show-off. 🙂
Thank you for sharing these unique birds’ photograph. 🙂
Smiling!! Exactly so. You are most welcome my friend. Wishing you and your family ✨Health and Happiness in The New Year!
Were your ballet teachers as spectacularly ugly, Cindy?! Fabulous photos and amusing captions as usual! All the very best for 2023 – may your lens never cloud over!
Cracking up…. They were probably gorgeous, but to my child’s mind, they were oddities. I remember sitting in a circle on the rug in Sunday School whispering with the other children about why our Sunday School teacher, who always sat in a chair, had hairs in her nose. We thought she was impossibly old. She was probably 40, and gorgeous too! Thank you for making me smile. Wishing you ✨Health and Happiness in The New Year!
Ballet did you say? 🙂 They are odd but beautiful too.
Best wishes for a fun 2023, Cindy!
Cracking up!!! This is too perfect!!! I have photos of them opening their huge mouths just as they do in this cartoon but my husband advised me not to post it as it was too ummmm…… biological! Thank you for this. It is hilarious! I read on another site people were starting to caption the post and their ideas were beyond witty. I wish I had done a caption this contest! Wishing you ✨Health and Happiness in The New Year Steve and thank you so much for this chuckle!
Glad that you got a laugh, Cindy! I did a lot of scrolling to see if anyone else referenced this scene from Fantasia and was surprised that no one had. There’s more with dancing hippos (with tutus too) and alligators that is even more fun.
For a while there was an ostrich farm in a nearby town but they had to move it because gawkers were causing accidents.
What a perfect connection! This summed up most ballet teachers. Wait… are ostrich birds in Fantasia? I know the ballet dance is with hippos, but why do I think ostriches are in the movie, too?
Two people mentioned this and one person shared a clip. It IS apparently from the old Disney Fantasia. This must have registered unconsciously in my child brain. Honestly the Disney animators were genius naturalists. I live amongst road runners and coyotes, and the animators obviously studied them closely because they parodied so many of their mannerisms. Here’s the clip:
I have photos of their hugely incredible mouths wide open (which my husband told me not to post). If you watch the clip you will see them doing exactly this! Amazing accuracy. I vaguely remember the hippos dancing too, in little skirts if I recall correctly…. Now I’ll go find that…… You got me going!
Yes!! That’s the clip I remember, including the wide mouths. Disney definitely had geniuses working for them. The hippos- yes! Didn’t they dance with alligators?
I don’t remember. I haven’t seen this in so mamy decades.
Awesome, Cindy! You would have fun at the Ostrich Festival in AZ.
Fabulous, Cindy! Happy New Year! 🎉
I never tried ballet, for which I expect ballet will forever be grateful but the ostrich does have echoes of my preening Latin teacher, Mr Gifford who could make the words ‘Conjugate Geoffrey’ sound like a exhortation to self immolate… aren’t they gorgeous
Cracking up…. I really should have made this a New Years ‘Caption This’ contest! Wishing you Health & Happiness in The New Year Geoff 🙅😴🛌🕛
Certainly reminds me of all those fluffy tutus the kids wear these days! Happy New Year to you!
Smiling. Happy New Year Georgina.
I love it. Have a happy New Year!
Wishing you a Happy & Healthy New Year! 🙅😴🛌🕛
They certainly dance and move, let alone their appearance, like that of a ballet dancer.
Hope you have a very Happy New Year – good health and safety in 2023. What a strange world we live in today. Sending you much love and greetings across the miles.
Love & Wishes for a Joyous & Healthy New Year Vicki! 🙅😴🛌🕛
Wonderful photos and cheeky bird. Happy new year!
Frohe neue Jahr! 🙅😴🛌🕛
Danke wünsche ich dir auch!
Haha…I get that about the ballet teacher never a smile just instructions barked at you…that made me smile…Happy New Year Cindy xoxo
Exactamente! Happy you are smiling. I wish you Every ✨ Happiness in The New Year Carol!
I busted out a laugh at the first couple photos! 🤣 Love these, Cindy, and thanks for my morning smiles! 😊
You just made me smile Donna, so we’re even. Wishing you a Happy New Year my friend! 🎊🥂🍾
You hang out with the coolest chicks Cindy! 😋
I definitely do! 😉 Wishing you Health and Happiness in The New Year Brad! 🎊🥂🍾
O my, so many memories playing along your images….you really nailed it!
Smiling. Thanks so much Liza. I wish you ✨ Happiness in The New Year!
And you as well!
Wow! Spectacular pictures, Cindy, especially the first three.
Thanks much Sue. I wish you ✨ Happiness in The New Year!
My knees are too knobbly to be an ostrich. Happy 2023 Cindy!
Impossible!! Ostrich have the knobbliest knees! 😉 Thank you for making me smile. Happy & Healthy New Year Bruce! ⌚🔢🕛🎊
Wishing you all the best now and in the New Year Cindy. hugs, Eddie
Wishing you Health and Happiness in The New Year Eddie! I am sorry for my late response. I just found your second comment in my spam filter with 12 other comments from bloggers I know well. So frustrating დ
Wishing you all the very best for 2023!
Visa versa 2UX2! Happy & Healthy New Year Graham! ⌚🔢🕛🎊
Beautiful closeup! There are a lot to see in that eyes.
Happy New Year, Cindy!
They do have very beautiful eyes don’t they. Wishing You Health & Happiness in The New Year Alexander!⌚🔢🕛🎊
Happy New year beautiful .. and these photos are amazing!!! Love the shaking their tutus like your teachers lol 😂
Thank you Kerri! So pleased you enjoyed. Happy & Healthy New Year to you! ⌚🔢🕛🎊
Love this for the New Year. Hold that elegant head high with your sassy spirit 🎈✨❣️ Happy New Year Cindy 💖
A perfect “ballet” to celebrate New Year’s Eve, these beauties made me smile and laugh out loud, Cindy!
Thank you for the lovely Happy New Year wishes, I love it! X
Happy New Year! Wishing you all the best in the coming year.
The combination of the photos and the comments are too good. Happy New Year
Thanks so much!
Ha! A trio of these beauties moved onto a farm near us and I can’t get enough. So stately until they ruffle their feathers. Happy New Year, Cindy!
Well, crap. Would you like a third?
I’m good. Smiling დ
Love the photos and the ballet teacher analogy. They sound exactly like mine were back in the day 🙂 Happy New Year!
Great photos as always, Happy New Year Cindy 🙂
Ostriches are a little haughty aren’t they, Cindy? You’ve captured their essence well! Happy New Year and blessings for a wonderful 2023!
They look so grumpy. I hope YOU have a Happy New Year!
Wow! They have so much personality! Happy New Year, Cindy!💖
They are odd and crazy ! Happy 2023 !!
They are indeed! I am sorry for my late response. I found your comment in my spam filter with 12 other comments from bloggers I know well. Frustrating დ
Thanks for always sharing your fascinating photos of nature and its creations!
Happy New Year Cindy!
You are very welcome Inese. Thank you for your stunning art my friend. I wish you ✨ health & happiness in The New Year!
Stunning images….nice way to start the year. Best to you too!
Thank you & cheers to you! დ
They are cute and what a beautiful landscape! Happy New Year!
Thank you very much. I wish you ✨ health & happiness in The New Year!
Wow aren’t they interesting looking up close.
Yes. They have beautiful eyes and eyelashes. დ
This Ostrich is staring at you. He is a great poser . Great images Cindy.
Thanks Anita and Have a Happy New Year .
Birds are super devoted people watchers! 😉 🙂 Only the Best to you in The New Year! დ
Thank you & cheers to you! დ
When I read this blog, I thought–I wonder how her dance teachers would like this comparison? LOL However, you used some very kind words in your comparison–so they may actually have been flattered. 🙂 Love this!!
Yes I wonder too! 😉 They are striking and beautiful birds after all, and women have always worn their feathers, so hopefully, they would get over being offended and just go with the humor. Cheers & thank you Katie & take good care დ
If one of your teachers reaches out to you and comments on this post–I hope you let me know. 🙂
I will, but they won’t. It was too long ago!
Thank you so much Cindy and I wish you also all the best for 2023 in good health and with a lot of photography fun. It was great to follow your work and hope to do so in the new year. Greets, Rosie 🥰
So kind and so appreciated! I look forward to sharing another year with you my friend. დ
I never thought of it that way, but what a great comparison. Lovely pictures, Cindy. Wishing you the happiest of New Years and a wonderful 2023 to come.
Thank you. I wish you ✨ Happiness & Health in The New Year Carla! დ
These are some proud birds but beautiful. I pray that the Lord will continue to bless and strengthen your work. I look forward to another wonderful year of beautiful pictures 📸 on your blog.
And I, dear friend, look forward to sharing another year with you! You shine light in life. Blessings, peace & happiness in The New Year დდ
Thank you and peace and love ❤ to you also.
Hahaha! They do seem to be like ballerinas! Love the really close up shots showing the details of each feather and eyelash. They really are odd birds.
So happy you enjoyed these big beauties Bridgette & thank you very much! დ
The expressions on their faces are amazing!! thanks for posting this!
Thank you more for your thoughtful appreciation Frank & cheers to you! დ
They have their own unique beauty.
I could do without dressing up… I think I only did so twice in 2022. And I just can’t imagine anything I’d get fancy for this year… yet anyway.
Happy New Year Jules! I wish you health & happiness. 🎊🥂🍾
All the best 💕
Such a delightful post Cindy!
Blessings of health, peace and joy for 2023!
Thank you dear Carment. Happines & Health to you in 2023 my friend დ
These birds are so fun. They make me smile.
Wishing you a year full of joy and happiness!
So happy you smiled! Thank you so much. Happiness & Health to you in The New Year my friend დ
Cindy, I’m smiling at this comparison! 😀 You’re spot on! Hope you’re having a lovely start to 2023 and wishing you a joyful and peaceful New Year! ❤️
So happy you KNOW! Thanks much Annika. Health & Happiness to you in The New Year my friend დ
This post made me smile! Happy New Year to you and yours.
You just made me smile, so we’re even! Thank you & all The Best of The New Year to you დ
I loved your story under the pics. That first one looked pretty stern – or crabby? Lol 🙂 xx
Yes indeed! Happy you enjoyed & thanks much my friend დ
Die hervorragenden Fotos lassen mich schmunzeln. Eine sehr gute Beobachtungsgabe, vielen Dank dafür. Ich wünsche dir ein wunderbares Neues Jahr mit vielen schönen Ideen und Fotos.
Danke für so einen netten und nachdenklichen Kommentar! Ich wünsche Ihnen Gesundheit und Glück im neuen Jahr, mein Freund! დ
One hopes your ballet teachers didn’t look quite as curmudgeonly! 😊
Happy dancing in 2023, Cindy.
You captured them purrfectly, Cyndi, I can see them dancing now💗Double Pawkisses for a Happy Healthy and Magical New Year. Make the most of it🐾😽💞
Visa versa 2UX2 dear friend & thank you! All the Very Best in The New Year დ
Cindy, the very best to you and yours for 2023! Love the close-ups of those faces. I don’t know if they are smiling, but I am!
Your kind comment just made me smile. All the Very Best to you Bruce in 2023! დ
Beautiful of course Cindy but they did also make me laugh, particular that first photograph. I turn 70 in a few weeks and on my 60th, someone commented that I was a bit of an odd bird and to be honest I am even odder now. The expression on that bird’s face is priceless and one I recognise lol.. Happy New Year ♥♥
Laughing…..Odd Birds are the only way to fly!!! I often wake in the morning looking just like the second bird. Wishing you a Joyous New Year Sally, fille with Health & Happiness! დ
Thanks Cindy and you too.. safe and happy travels.. ♥♥
Happy new year. This is beautiful
Thank you! Wishing you Health & Happiness in The New Year! დ
Cindy, this is delightful. I got a kick out of your “tutus” remark. Such amusing birds. The first one reminds me of one of the teachers way back at my grammar school. She was a character. If only the bird had big clip-on earrings… 😀 Hugs on the wing.
Oh YES! Those big, hideous, multi-bauble, glass, clip-on’s that my fifth grade teacher would take off daily to rest her exhausted ear lobes. Ghastly things. They would be perfect on the Osy!! Cheers to you Teagan and thanks for making me smile დ
They are so funny looking, and their moves impressive. 🙂 Thanks for sharing, Cindy! xx Michael
You are most welcome Michael. They are very comical and VERY BIG birds დ
Love your sense of humour, Cindy. Great photos, as always.
Health & Happiness to you in New Year Amy & thank you! დ
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Anyone who knows you Sally is blessed. Thank you. Please stay safe &well დ
HaHaHa, love it, Cindy! Sending all good wishes to you and yours at the turn of this new year…may it be filled with love, peace, and harmony! <3
Visa versa 2UX2 Lorrie! I wish you a Happy & Healthy New Year დ
I “escaped” ballet. (Took fencing instead…) But my sister didn’t. Gender issues I guess. But I can see what you mean.
I’ve also seen ostriches in the wild. Interesting birds.
Happy New Year Cindy.
Fencing would be interesting. Happy New Year my friend. I wish you health & happiness დ
Thank you Cindy. You too.
Fencing, horser iding, home schooled… I had a 19th century education. LOL.
No wonder we understand each other. My grandfather would approve.
Great comparison to ballet teachers, especially the tutus!
Thanks much Kathy! Very pleased you enjoyed. Have a great weekend დ
Hahaha!! There’s so much to learn in the study of birds!
Yes. Mostly, why are they so much smarter than us? They know when to fly away! 😉 😉
Right! That’s a discernment to aspire to, for sure! 😄