Several years ago, when I began walking the Dry Canyon Trail in Redmond, Oregon, I came across a small ranch. Looking around, I didn't see anything worthwhile to photograph and I continued on my way.
A couple of days later, I went by the ranch again and this time, found a female Osterich sitting, possibly on a nest. So I shot a few photographs.
As I stood there watching the bird, I became aware of a thumping sound to my left. Turning in that direction, I saw a male Osterich thundering in my direction.
He continued heading my way, and I continued shooting him as he got closer.
And closer...to the point I felt him near me.
After I shot the photo above, I lowered my camera just in time to see the head and beak of the bird coming straight for me. I jumped back from the fenceline and then watched the obviously upset male start flapping his wings while wagging his head back and forth in front of me. Either he was trying to get me to come closer so he could nail me with his beak - hehe - or he was just trying to warn me off the female - most likely. Either way, I was a still a little freaked from what I saw when I lowered my camera, that I snapped a few shots and continued on my way.
A week or so later, I again went by the ranch and this time the female was near the fenceline, the male far enough away not to be a problem and I was able to get a nice portrait shot of her.
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