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Graceful Rhea

This is one of my favorite photos of the year. I wanted to share it with you again.

This lovely emu was at the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch outside of San Antonio. She was preening herself and I caught her in this lovely position. Unfortunately I didn't get the shot of Amanda frantically chucking the entire bag of animal food out the window so this curious emu would stop sticking her head through the window looking for snacks.

I have figured out that this bird is not an Emu but is a Rhea. A South American bird from the same Ratites species of flightless birds as the Emu and Ostrich.

Originally posted on March 24, 2011.

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