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Bird's eye view

By ColleenA
Good morning from a cloudy, cold, wet and windy Cape Town....
Thank you so much for the wonderful response to my buffalo portraits and especially to Alex and Lillian for their UA's, it made my day.
I haven't uploaded a Giraffe yet, so thought this one appropriate for Silly Sunday ....a youngster with a bird sitting on its head. (An oxpecker) She had a nasty scar on her side, but beautiful eyes...
Strangely enough the giraffe's neck has seven vertebrae the same as a human, and can grow to 2 metres. Giraffes neck vertebrae are connected to one another by means of ball-and-socket joints similar to the ones that join a human shoulder and arm. The joint between the neck and the skull enables the giraffe to hold its head almost perpendicular to the ground.
Giraffe cows give birth standing up about 15 months after mating. The calves fall about 1.5 metres at birth and can walk in a few hours from being born.
The average giraffe weigs 1 6oo kg with a height of 5-6 metres. they can run at a speed of 56km/h
Their are 9 subspecies and are distinguished by their markings .
Have a nice SundayGrinGrinGrin

Tags: Wildlife and nature

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15 Sep 2013 6:10AM
Is that an Ox Pecker (ahem!), Colleen?
Thanks for giving us the gen on giraffes.
Lovely picture.
Are the markings the same both sides?
If not you could say you've seen two of them.

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CarolG Plus
9 196 18 Greece
15 Sep 2013 6:16AM
What a wonderful image, Colleen SmileSmile Carol
S_Psharma 4 1 India
15 Sep 2013 6:18AM
Very beautiful image great capture.
15 Sep 2013 6:19AM
A cracker.
Hermanus 4 4 South Africa
15 Sep 2013 6:40AM
A great write up and a super image Colleen !! I hope the little oxpecker found some ticks up there Smile Here in Swellendam we have had a strong wind all night long - so the rain must be on its way Smile
Lillian Plus
7 22 17 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2013 7:39AM
Up early today Colleen.
and have to disagree with you...sorry!
This is not a silly Sunday shot, this is so beautiful and really tells the story
like where you have cropped it too and thanks for the info...and we have lovely sunshine hereWink
15 Sep 2013 7:44AM
Love the tweetie looking to take any critters off the Giraffe.............very well spotted............I nearly missed the small but colourful...............GrinGrinGrinGrin
15 Sep 2013 7:48AM
Good morning, Colleen - from a cloudy and soon to be very wet and windy Britain!!
An excellent image for Sunday - I love the resigned look in the giraffe's eyes!!

Nigeve1 Plus
3 1.4k 101 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2013 7:55AM
Superb shot.
15 Sep 2013 7:57AM
Thew bird really has a good view,and transport without any effort.TongueWink- Very well spotted ,Colleen!GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin Have a nice sunday! SmileSmileSmile --- Jukka.
AnnChown Plus
6 199 1 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2013 8:00AM
The ox pecker makes this special! In South Luangwa there is a sub species called Thorneycrofts giraffe. The markings don't go below the knee and they're smaller. This is a fine capture Colleen! Smile
15 Sep 2013 8:01AM
Super close up Colleen,
15 Sep 2013 8:17AM
Brilliant, love it, what a gorgeous shot with an element of fun.

John Smile
CaroleS Plus
6 423 3 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2013 8:19AM
A great shot Colleen with informative narrativeSmile
15 Sep 2013 8:31AM
Love this image Colleen, great info too.

Jenny Smile
Caziwinkles 4 3 1 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2013 8:44AM
Way to travel there!! The giraffe looks to have a wound or something on his neck too. Great image. Smile

canonfan 6 7 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2013 8:45AM
Fantastic image Colleen
LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2013 8:55AM
Such a lovely animal and at bird hitching a ride is very pretty too
15 Sep 2013 9:01AM
Fabulous Colleen, love it, the little bird hitching a ride adds to the image GrinGrin

moiral 6 12 Scotland
15 Sep 2013 9:28AM
Beautiful, graceful animals. You have caught her so well here and like the wee bird too. Moira
15 Sep 2013 10:10AM
Looks like a tuft of hair is in the way of a proper view
15 Sep 2013 10:15AM
Delightful capture, Colleen and informative narrative.

myrab 10 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2013 10:49AM
I love the image Colleen, also the information you provide us with is great.

rontear Plus
13 8 8 England
15 Sep 2013 11:00AM
Excellent image and information to match Colleen ( weather not much better here !)
jdinne 13 16 England
15 Sep 2013 11:11AM
Think it is just brilliant Colleen........Smile

Irishkate Plus
6 38 100 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2013 12:28PM
Another wonderful wildlife image Colleen - both artistic and interesting - good narrative.
The oxpecker is a great added bonus.
15 Sep 2013 12:41PM
well spotted and captured Colleen

Nikonuser1 Plus
4 96 14 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2013 12:43PM
Excellent capture Colleen, like the OxpeckerSmile

saltireblue Plus
6 6.0k 33 Norway
15 Sep 2013 1:09PM
Perched there like a bonnet mascot on a car...bling my giraffe!

TrevBatWCC Plus
8 12 10 England
15 Sep 2013 1:44PM
What a super Silly Sunday capture, Colleen, love it! Grin Cloudy, cold, wet 'n' windy here too...Sad
Trev Smile
ali63 Plus
4 756 1 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2013 2:00PM
A beautiful image Colleen,

Ali SmileSmile
15 Sep 2013 2:52PM
I feel the bird has made this image unique. very well spotted. you are beautifully showcasing wildlife of your country. keep it up.
johnlw 9 1 10 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2013 3:09PM
What a great capture Colleen magic.SmileSmileSmile
Regards John.
15 Sep 2013 3:18PM
A Belter Colleen well spotted captured
6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2013 3:32PM
Good afternoon from the wet and cold Hoo Peninsula Coleen. A fantastic image of this one of my favourite animals, the gorgeous giraffe. As always your image is sharp as a tack and so wonderfully composed. A pleasure to view..

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
15 Sep 2013 4:03PM
Very beautiful image
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
15 Sep 2013 4:04PM
The light in this image highlights the the giraffe's beauty and calm demeanor----What a fine photo of.....
capto Plus
4 4.0k 8 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2013 4:33PM
A great opportunistic image, love the bird.Smile

15 Sep 2013 4:46PM
Nothing silly about that Colleen - it's fabulous!!!
4 3 7 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2013 4:52PM
This certainly not a silly Sunday shot! Great eye contact and a lovely imageWinkGrin
richmowil Plus
7 310 1 England
15 Sep 2013 5:51PM
Cracking Image Colleen!! Like the information too!!
15 Sep 2013 5:54PM
Beautiful composition , Colleen !
a beauty really nice.

JuBarney Plus
5 20 3 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2013 7:11PM
A cracking capture with the bird up there.
15 Sep 2013 8:32PM
Lovely shot Colleen and love the write up. Cathy
15 Sep 2013 10:06PM
beautiful shot its been horrible in England too
Ayoob 5 Australia
15 Sep 2013 11:27PM
Lovely image and excellently captured......Grin
mikbee 9 3 8 Scotland
15 Sep 2013 11:31PM
I can't recall seeing a giraffe with a tufty hair do before Colleen,
and certainly not with an Oxpecker sitting on its head !!
Good shot.

Quote:Love the tweetie looking to take any critters off the Giraffe.............very well small but colourful...............GrinGrinGrinGrin

have to disagree with you...sorry!
This is not a silly Sunday shot, this is so beautiful and really tells the story
like where you have cropped it too and thanks for the info...

I agree with Lillian totally...a wonderful, wonderful image Colleen.. it gave me the warm and fuzzies for some reason GrinGrin

Lynette GrinGrin
16 Sep 2013 8:29AM
This is one of my favorite animals, Colleen!Smile
Regards Valery
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
16 Sep 2013 11:30AM
Beautiful light, Colleen, and it catches the eye nicely. The red of the bird is a very good bonus.

annettep38 Plus
5 218 40 Costa Rica
16 Sep 2013 2:07PM
fantastic Smile
well spotted.. ( or giraffed )
CHRISB911 10 54 1
17 Sep 2013 11:36AM
heck thats good
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
17 Sep 2013 10:06PM
What a wonderful wildlife image Colleen, one of your best methinks
Potra 3 Venezuela
25 Sep 2013 10:10PM
I love the red that little bird brings to this picture.
I cannot but be jealous at the giraffe's eyelashes...They are fantastic!

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