Sunday, April 17, 2011

The A - Z April Challenge: O

O is for Oryx
The East African Oryx is a particularly beautiful antelope with his distinctive markings and the tall straight horns that both male and female possess. These horns can be fatal…the Oryx has been known to kill lions with them.


While local tribesmen hunt the Oryx for its meat and hide, it is the quest for its striking horns - highly prized by trophy hunters - that have put this antelope on the list of threatened species.

O is also for Ostrich 
The Ostrich is a flightless bird native to Africa. It is the largest living species of bird and lays the largest egg of any bird. Hunter-gatherers use these eggs as water containers
 Male Ostrich

 With their acute eyesight and hearing, Ostriches can sense lions and other predators from far away.

Female Ostrich
They can usually escape by running, having the top land speed of any bird, but are also capable of inflicting serious injury or death with their powerful legs.
In Africa, Ostriches are ridden like horses, though the practice is not common elsewhere. They are also farmed for their feathers used to decorate clothing and make feather dusters…
For more A - Z posts, be sure to pop by Arlee Bird's site and see what others have done with the letter O...


jabblog said...

The oryx is a very handsome beast. The markings are wonderful.
Ostrich eggs have tremendously thick shells - they must make excellent water carriers.

Kay L. Davies said...

Fabulous photos, Lynette, especially that first one of the oryx.
The female ostrich certainly has more camouflage than the male, doesn't she? But the pattern of greys and browns is lovely.
We're just back from our month in Europe and I'm uploading photos from cameras to my computer today. "Squillions of they," I say. "Sigh!" But I've posted a few and will do more soon.
Luv, K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I've seen ostrich racing on film. Quite the sight!

joo said...

Oryx is a beauty!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

What a pretty boy the oryx is....and what a hilarious bird the ostrich with whom I seem to identify for some odd these shots.........

adrielleroyale said...

Wow! For once the female is prettier than the male! I don't think I've seen a female Ostrich before.. Great pictures :)