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Get My Best Side Please!

By AlanBW
I’m very busy at the moment, but I’m trying to keep up with EPZ and if I’ve missed some of your recent uploads, I can only apologise. I hope to catch up with people’s portfolios this week. Just a few days after our return from the Baltic States, we received the news that Tricia’s 80 year-old mum has been diagnosed with the early stages of Alzheimer’s, so I have been very much occupied in contacting the relevant authorities and trying to get things in place to ensure that her best interests are being addressed – and will be in the future.

The above image is a very unfamiliar subject for me – and a long way out of my comfort zone. I was quite pleased with the result and definitely wanted it to be part of my gallery, so I hope you will enjoy it.

Still on the Baltic theme, the image was captured at a wayside comfort / coffee stop in Estonia where, as well as superb facilities, there were numerous well kept animals and birds in surrounding fields. This fine specimen was strutting around with several others and came close enough to the fence to enable a shot to be taken. It was attracting quite a lot of attention from visitors and really played to the gallery, sending some of the young children into shrieks of giggles. As well its delightful character and amusing demeanour, this amazing creature intrigued me with its large eyes, prominent beak and spiky hair.

Some of you who commented on a recent upload entitled ‘Apples For Sale’ asked if John, my ‘spotter’, was going to be featured here. Well, John has agreed that I can use the candid photo I captured of him – and that will be the next upload in the series. Next time I’ll tell you more about how I took that shot and the fun that arose as a result.

Tags: Wildlife Estonia Travel General Close up Close-up and macro Ostrich Wildlife and nature

Voters: PLCimagery, KBan, Barbaraj and 133 more

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KBan 16 512 4 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2007 7:54AM
superb detail Alan
Barbaraj 14 450 England
10 Sep 2007 7:55AM
A wonderful crature portrait. Great hairy face.
10 Sep 2007 8:12AM
Excellent close up, the detail is superb,
MandsH 14 England
10 Sep 2007 8:22AM
Great shot - the detail is excellent
AlanBW 15 20 England
10 Sep 2007 8:43AM
Many thanks Keith, Barbara, Fred and Mandy - Alan
nickyv32 Plus
13 135 England
10 Sep 2007 8:47AM
What a great face, lovely shot !
bayleaf 13 8 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2007 8:47AM
Lovely. Great detail, "elegant" pose. John Smile
AlanBW 15 20 England
10 Sep 2007 9:17AM
Thanks Nicky and John, much appreciated - Alan
bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
10 Sep 2007 9:22AM
great detail ,allan
helenlinda Plus
13 374 22 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2007 9:26AM
Wonderful hair! No gel here and it sticks up a treat
norton 17 2 6 Jersey
10 Sep 2007 9:43AM
Excellent detail to this image Alan,nicely composed too.
Great image,well captured..........

Rogerex 14 32 12 Australia
10 Sep 2007 9:47AM
An interesting character who seems as interested in you as you are in it!. Nice clear details.
AlanBW 15 20 England
10 Sep 2007 9:52AM
Many thanks Ollie, Helen, Tony and Roger - Alan
Mavis 19 143 2 England
10 Sep 2007 10:02AM
A most amusing character . Certainly found his best side LOL . Love the haughty look and the spiky hairdo . xx
Chant57 Plus
15 395 3 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2007 10:12AM
Lovely detail and colour Alan.
Sorry to hear about Tricia's mum, and I wish you all well in your endeavours to care for her.
C x
AlanBW 15 20 England
10 Sep 2007 10:36AM
Many thanks Mavis and Chant, very much appreciated - Alan
ChristineL 16 39 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2007 10:36AM
a very pretty lady, well captured Alan.
I wish you well with Tricia's Mum, it's a tough one, but can also be very rewarding, with hindsight anyway,
10 Sep 2007 11:12AM
What a character Alan, very good focus and crop, excellent animal portrait, Adrian
AlanBW 15 20 England
10 Sep 2007 11:18AM
Thanks Chris and Adrian - Alan
RobinF 14 83 1 England
10 Sep 2007 11:24AM
Hi Alan, this is a terrific image! Sorry to hear your news about Tricia's Mum - went through that with my Dad (He had Parkinson's too, bless him, never one to do things by halves) so I know how hard these things can be. Best wishes to you both, you will cope - honest!

kind regards

Buffalo_Tom Plus
14 2.3k 16 Wales
10 Sep 2007 11:47AM
Alan you have captured this very well with spot on detail.Cracking portrait.
DolphinLady 15 54 1 Wales
10 Sep 2007 11:57AM
What a fantastic capture...looks like she had her hair combed for you.
My best wishes for you, Tricia & her mum.
janty66 13 3 England
10 Sep 2007 11:57AM
great close up shot..
AlanBW 15 20 England
10 Sep 2007 12:16PM
Many thanks Robin, Tom, Hilary and Janet - Alan
Nettles 13 England
10 Sep 2007 12:18PM
What a superior look he has and a fabulous close up.
Simply brilliant.
Hope all goes well at home.
Regards Annette
Joline Plus
14 34 59 United States
10 Sep 2007 12:20PM
The detail in this is amazing. Definitely a different candidSmile
I am hoping all the best for your wife's Mum, a difficult diagnosis. I'm glad she has people who cares.
mickp 15 9 7 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2007 12:27PM
I don't believe that this is out of your comfort zone. Excellent detail.
mhaseman 14 608 1
10 Sep 2007 12:28PM
Ha ha so funny this bird is just there at a coffee shop. Sounds so unusual to people in the West. Can you imagine seeing an Ostrich in the high street? Great capture. Cheers and thank you, Martin
AlanBW 15 20 England
10 Sep 2007 12:28PM
Many thanks Annette, Joline and Mick, very much appreciated - Alan
10 Sep 2007 12:35PM
Superb detail

mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2397 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2007 1:06PM
I see this as a quirky candid portrait, with a lot of character, so not so very far from your usual remit. Look after the family, you've got your priorities right. But I'm looking forward to seeing John, your personal spotter.
AlanBW 15 20 England
10 Sep 2007 1:11PM
Thanks Martin, Graeme and Moira - Alan
GalleryGirl 13 4 2 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2007 2:43PM
He looks a cheeky chappie! Didn't realise they were so fluffy around the head and neck - well taken. barmymarny x
Hop-A-Long 14 52 1 England
10 Sep 2007 3:03PM
Great capture, might be out of your comfort zone but you have done an excellent job. The detail is superb.
Sorry to hear about Tricia's Mum, I wish you and your family well now and in the future.
AlanBW 15 20 England
10 Sep 2007 3:35PM
Many thanks Marilyn and Andy - Alan
phototime 15 8 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2007 3:43PM
Fantastic shot Alan,superb detail and beautifully taken.

A Booth 18 11 4 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2007 4:25PM
colourful and sharp - excellent portrait.pleased to be no 30.
PatriciaWilson 17 617 58 Greece
10 Sep 2007 4:30PM
Nice portrait. They always look slightly stupid, which makes me feel slightly I love them, LOL!
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
10 Sep 2007 4:34PM
An excellent detailed portrait of this ostrich, he looks a real character and appears to be enjoying posing for you. Like the supercilious expression you've captured.
AlanBW 15 20 England
10 Sep 2007 4:35PM
Many thanks Mo, Alan and Patricia, much appreciated - Alan
AlanBW 15 20 England
10 Sep 2007 5:09PM
Cheers Ed, much appreciated - Alan
franken Plus
18 5.2k 4 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2007 5:35PM
Superb detail in the Alan.

dianah 14 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2007 5:40PM
Stunning detail..a wicked eye! I wouldn't trust this bird at all! A brilliant shot.
imander 14 388 7 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2007 5:46PM
lovely shot,love these birds
GillyB 15 317 8 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2007 5:51PM
Excellent detail Smile

AlanBW 15 20 England
10 Sep 2007 5:52PM
Thanks Ken, Di and Ian - Alan
danbrann 16 640 17
10 Sep 2007 5:53PM
Cracking detail Alan. Superb shot.
Thank you for your introduction to Prague it really was great and we sampled both pubs you mentioned. 19 of us ate at the one across the bridge on the first night when I was intrduced to the dark beer. It is delicious. Later we tried the one around the corner from the town clock.I did not notice that those waiters were any ruder than most of the others. They really should lighten up a bit.We also met George and I passed on your regards.
Thank you
AlanBW 15 20 England
10 Sep 2007 6:02PM
Cheers Gill and Danny, much appreciated - Alan
una 17 10 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2007 6:29PM
Great close-up, lovely detail.
sandrish 17 36 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2007 6:30PM
Superb detail, again well captured. Hope your arrangements go well for your mother-in-law.

Possum 14 148 England
10 Sep 2007 6:36PM
Sorry to hear about Tricia's Mum, but I know that the two of you will help her all you can.
I do love this spiky little character with the haughty stare!
AlanBW 15 20 England
10 Sep 2007 7:05PM
Thanks Una, Sandra and Allie - Alan
JudeC 14 6 3 England
10 Sep 2007 7:09PM
Great shot - can't help thinking of Rod Hull and Emu - sorry to hear about Mum - JudeC
nobby2sheds 14 50 England
10 Sep 2007 7:30PM
Beautiful shot, well presented.

bunbeam 15 2 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2007 7:32PM
you made him look so cute.. brilliant shot..
Sorry to hear about Tricia`s mum.. hope things get sorted
Rock 18 10 2 England
10 Sep 2007 7:45PM
I do hope all goes well with the MIL.

Fine shot.

TonyFrith 14 3 6 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2007 7:52PM
super close up
AlanBW 15 20 England
10 Sep 2007 8:05PM
Thanks JudeC, Paul, Bun, Rock and Tony, very much appreciated - Alan
Rende 14 38 4 Netherlands
10 Sep 2007 8:26PM
This face isn't too different from some of the characters you captured Wink Wonderful close up.
All the best with your mother-in-law.
GrahamBaines 13 39 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2007 8:29PM
Quite a character Alan, hope you kept your distance, they can be vicious devils!!!

cats_123 Plus
17 5.0k 30 Northern Ireland
10 Sep 2007 8:30PM
can empathise with you, my 85 yr old mom has just had to go into hospital for the same reason....

always good to try new subjects..he's a corker

SRSmith 13 1 United States
10 Sep 2007 8:33PM
It made me laugh right off - now this is what I call a "bad hair day!" LOL. Excellent shot - detail, light, all spot on perfect.
Scott_Scot 16 4 4 Scotland
10 Sep 2007 8:34PM
Ha ha, excellent shot Alan but isn't this just your last upload turned around ? Smile

summ3r 14 26 1 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2007 8:52PM
Amazing detail in this image, sorry to hear about Tricias mum
AlanBW 15 20 England
10 Sep 2007 9:01PM
Many thanks Rende, Graham, Jeff, Steve, Scotty and Carole-Anne - Alan
Grim1 14 49 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2007 9:08PM
What a brilliant expression!
brownsilent 14 7 2 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2007 10:28PM
If you are not at ease with animal shots, you chose the best model for the session. Smile These birds are such good photographic subjects, with all their nosiness, getting close and always a wise look in their face! Nice haircut as well. Smile
So you don't need to worry - a brilliant shot.
kinfatric 16 550 9 Scotland
10 Sep 2007 10:34PM
Its a good close up of this species showing great detail
imagio 14 12 1 England
10 Sep 2007 11:29PM
You certainly have Alan, so sharp you could cut yourself on it..

newy17 15 273 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2007 11:30PM
lovely shot alan fantastic detail and clarity well captured.
Brilane 14 5 12 Wales
11 Sep 2007 1:42AM
It looks as though it is very good at the posing game too, lol.
Lovely portrait.
chrissd 15 304 United Kingdom
11 Sep 2007 6:07AM
reazor sharp Alan, excellent
Sep 13 1.3k England
11 Sep 2007 6:49AM
Pin sharp and loads of detail.Nice one Alan.
Rgds Joe
AlanBW 15 20 England
11 Sep 2007 6:56AM
Thanks Cori, Johanna, Kin, Bernie, Ian, Brian, Chris and Joe - very much appreciated - Alan
wyatturp 15 2 England
11 Sep 2007 8:42AM
Hi Alan great detail

myrab 14 United Kingdom
11 Sep 2007 8:44AM
What a sweetie, great detail, i just love him.
AlanBW 15 20 England
11 Sep 2007 8:51AM
Many thanks Doug and Myra - Alan
Misteree 14 2 Australia
11 Sep 2007 10:47AM
Great detail and capture!
11 Sep 2007 11:02AM
This shot is Superb - I love it Smile
AlanBW 15 20 England
11 Sep 2007 11:37AM
Thanks Paul and Lorraine - Alan
gingerdelight 14 298 11 United Kingdom
11 Sep 2007 12:37PM
I really love this shot Alan! It's the expressive look in the eye that does it!

Sorry to hear about Tricia's mum xx
x Carol x
Gaz_H 14 150 1 United Kingdom
11 Sep 2007 1:12PM
Nice sharp photo and love the title.
iajacks 15 24 England
11 Sep 2007 1:30PM
what a funny looking face, sharp shot with good detail and well dofed out.

spot on ian
AlanBW 15 20 England
11 Sep 2007 1:59PM
Many thanks Carol, Gary and Ian - Alan
that is a good nice shot
11 Sep 2007 3:46PM
Hooray for ostriches!
foggytwo 17 36 1 Scotland
11 Sep 2007 4:00PM
Great capture Alan,fantastic detail. I wish I could get "unfamiliar" pics like this. Good one mate.
AlanBW 15 20 England
11 Sep 2007 4:07PM
Thanks Sharon, Katherine and Pete, much appreciated - Alan
bricurtis Plus
15 2.4k 51 England
11 Sep 2007 6:07PM
Good detail Alan and a wry expression.
So sorry to hear about Tricia's mum.
piccy 14 8 Wales
11 Sep 2007 6:14PM
Lol, he looks a cool customer.
kevski 14 14 United Kingdom
11 Sep 2007 6:15PM
Lol great portrait,makeup could use some tweaking though :0)
AlanBW 15 20 England
11 Sep 2007 6:21PM
Many thanks Brian, Freda and Kev - Alan
robincoombes 13 1 5 Wales
11 Sep 2007 6:25PM
Clarity is excellent

RockArea 14 18 3 United Kingdom
11 Sep 2007 6:38PM
A worthy addition, Alan, it's an excellent shot. Very best wihes to you and Tricia.

Portknockie 16 48 Scotland
11 Sep 2007 8:18PM
Great shot Alan..detail and colour tones are superb....Well told story line....

AlanBW 15 20 England
11 Sep 2007 9:33PM
Many thanks Robin, David and Don - Alan
pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2213 United Kingdom
11 Sep 2007 9:34PM
I'd never have guessed this one was yours, Alan, but it's good to come out of your comfort zone at times, proves you're just as good at other things. This is nice and close, nice and sharp, and very endearing.
AlanBW 15 20 England
11 Sep 2007 9:40PM
Cheers Pamela, very much appreciated - Alan
firzhugh 16 13 New Zealand
11 Sep 2007 10:42PM
fantastic detail here, Alan. great capture
Nigel_95 Plus
15 262 2 United Kingdom
11 Sep 2007 11:32PM
Sorry to hear about Tricia's mum Alan.
The way this shot has turned out, I would say it is well within your comfort zone.

AlanBW 15 20 England
12 Sep 2007 6:43AM
Many thanks Cornelia and Nigel - Alan
12 Sep 2007 11:04AM
Wow now theres a picture, quite amazing close up and expression
tuhin 14
12 Sep 2007 12:06PM
beautifull sht.
AlanBW 15 20 England
12 Sep 2007 12:23PM
Many thanks Graham and Tuhin - Alan
trissie 14 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2007 12:24PM
A wonderful close up Alan, and superb detail.
I am so sorry to hear about Tricia's Mum, and i hope all goes well.

Trish x
AlanBW 15 20 England
12 Sep 2007 12:53PM
Many thanks Trish - Alan
glazzaro 16 70 23 United States
12 Sep 2007 1:19PM
The detail and exposure are on the mark, well done. I hope everything works out well for Tricia’s Mom, give her my best. Spot on! Click!!!

AlanBW 15 20 England
12 Sep 2007 3:48PM
Cheers Greg, much appreciated - Alan
derekv 13 3 England
12 Sep 2007 4:12PM
Great shot, fantastic detail.
AlanBW 15 20 England
12 Sep 2007 4:29PM
Many thanks Derek - Alan
jan 1 17 12 Netherlands
12 Sep 2007 5:37PM
Hallo Alan.
Very ncute looking picture here, indeed they looks cute but beware their feet, they can really hurt you by those.
I do have some pictures of them too, taken in the West Cape, last year.
I am still busy with daily uploads at Treklens, but think to come back lateron this year, to epz.
Best wishes to you all.
Richard707 14 14 United States
12 Sep 2007 5:43PM
Cracking shot. The detail is hairy...and yet somehow majestic.

I hope the best for Tricia's mom.
AlanBW 15 20 England
12 Sep 2007 6:02PM
Cheers Jan and Richard, much appreciated - Alan
proz 16 205 United States
12 Sep 2007 8:35PM
spot on
Marian 15 62 England
12 Sep 2007 8:36PM
I cannot think of anything else to add.
rmr 13 1 Wales
12 Sep 2007 8:48PM
a cracking shot ,well done,keep you"r chin up both of of you .
AlanBW 15 20 England
13 Sep 2007 6:12AM
Many thanks Proz, Marian and Mark - Alan
GlenD 14 United States
13 Sep 2007 6:21AM
Got to be one of the oddest characters I've seen from you Alan, blooming good one though!!
Hoffy 16 262 16 England
13 Sep 2007 8:40AM
Pleased to be the 100
ChiliMan 14 135 17 Singapore
13 Sep 2007 8:41AM
What an excellent close-up. Be they human or long-necked flightless bird, your portraiture is spot-on, Alan Smile

AlanBW 15 20 England
13 Sep 2007 8:43AM
Many thanks Glen, Paul and Andrew , very much appreciated - Alan
fentiger 19 920 24 England
13 Sep 2007 8:46AM
Immensely powerful portrait of this bird. Incredible detail captured. Very well done!

AlanBW 15 20 England
13 Sep 2007 9:05AM
Many thanks Albert, very much appreciated - Alan
13 Sep 2007 9:13AM
I love it Alan. Sorry have not been commenting lately, I too have family problems and have not taken many pictures for a while but hope that will change soon. Keep up the good work.

AlanBW 15 20 England
13 Sep 2007 10:21AM
Many thanks Ruth - Alan
rocky41 16 174 England
13 Sep 2007 2:52PM
great pic full of character
Libby_M 14 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2007 12:22PM
what a pose
great eye contack
fab detail well taken
AlanBW 15 20 England
14 Sep 2007 3:43PM
Many thanks Garry and Libby - Alan
14 Sep 2007 6:16PM
Hi Alan, fantastic image, Ostriches usually like to peck people before you get a good shot! Eggs from these birds sell very well in the Northwest. Many eat them as to eating a regular chicken egg!

Thank you for commenting on my Sunflower image!

AlanBW 15 20 England
14 Sep 2007 6:24PM
Many thanks Jenn - Alan
14 Sep 2007 9:51PM
Nice detailed shot!
Yogendra 17 22 1 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2007 6:45PM
Wonderful shot with wonderful detail.

15 Sep 2007 9:12PM
Nice close up.

AlanBW 15 20 England
16 Sep 2007 9:35AM
Many thanks Dancing Queen, Yogendra and Sue - Alan
evelen 16 5 England
16 Sep 2007 3:53PM
excellent closeup. great detail.
AlanBW 15 20 England
17 Sep 2007 7:55AM
Many thanks Eve - Alan
RuthyJ 14 England
17 Sep 2007 1:44PM
Great shot, it's got a haughty look in it's eye.
AlanBW 15 20 England
17 Sep 2007 2:54PM
Thanks Ruthy, much appreciated - Alan
daringdaphne 17 82 United Kingdom
22 Sep 2007 6:58PM
Super picture of the Entertainer! Sometimes creatures get lonely Alan and like to take part ion the goings on: as here. Liked the story too.

Take care
AlanBW 15 20 England
22 Sep 2007 8:50PM
Many thanks Daphne - Alan
sputnki 16 10 Canada
23 Sep 2007 6:06PM
I think this is a very familiar subject for you Alan! Portraying a 'natural' individual with humour and compassion!

AlanBW 15 20 England
24 Sep 2007 7:37AM
Cheers Doug, much appreciated - Alan
1 Oct 2007 6:50AM
I wont bore everyone else with the story behind why I love this shot, but as I said to you it's just perfect and always makes me smile. I keep coming back for another look and a giggle
AlanBW 15 20 England
1 Oct 2007 7:54AM
Many thanks Justin - Alan
17 Oct 2007 8:36AM
Great detail. What a fun shot.
AlanBW 15 20 England
17 Oct 2007 9:39AM
Many thanks Mac - Alan
kcranmer 13 22 United States
16 Nov 2007 9:30PM
Great close up and details! vTd
AlanBW 15 20 England
20 Nov 2007 8:25AM
Many thanks Kellie - Alan
26 Nov 2007 9:26AM
I just love these birds and this is caught very well. Looks well within your capabilities even if outside your normal comfort zone.

I'm trying some new things too.

AlanBW 15 20 England
27 Nov 2007 6:27AM
Many thanks Den - Alan
28 Nov 2007 11:17AM
Lovely shot, details, DoF & great title!! Looks like quite a character!! Thank you so much your kind welcome, visit & comments. All the best, Mia
AlanBW 15 20 England
28 Nov 2007 3:37PM
Many thanks Mia - Alan
1 Dec 2007 2:59PM
A stunningly detailed capture.
Thank you for your comments
photophantom 13 108 3 Philippines
12 Mar 2008 9:53AM
My family love Ostrich. Here in the Manila Zoo, we can touch those domesticated Ostrich and feeding them is allowed. You're a happy man Alan and you make us also smile. Thank you for being you.
CB 13 Switzerland
13 Mar 2008 5:25PM
How did it stand still the emu???
I also tried it, but they are difficult to catch on a photo.
Well done work.
You are great in doing that.
AlanBW 15 20 England
13 Mar 2008 5:33PM
Many thanks CB - Alan
susanbarton 13 11 1 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2008 6:18PM
Super pic Alan, look at thoes eyelashes, could advertise mascara!

AlanBW 15 20 England
13 Mar 2008 6:22PM
Many thanks Susan - Alan
pluckyfilly 14 351 33 United Kingdom
5 May 2008 12:55PM
134 votes you dont need mine but I like this pic and you deserve all the nice comments you had - gonna vote as well

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