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An emu relaxes in his habitat at the Auckland Zoo on the North Island of New Zealand.

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Emu Picture
Photo of an Emu at the Auckland Zoo on the North Island of New Zealand.

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Australia is where the Emu originates from and is the second largest bird in the world after the ostrich. The Auckland Zoo in New Zealand is home to this large Emu where he roams throughout the lush green grass of his habitat.

The Emu grows to be about 2 meters tall, can weigh up to 45 kilograms and a single stride can cover 3 meters taking the Emu to speeds of up to 50 kilometers an hour. They live in the woodlands such as scrub areas and desert in Australia where they feed on grasses, leaves, flowers and insects. Their favorite food is a delicious caterpillar and the Emu will travel hundreds of kilometers to find enough food for themselves.

Laying amongst the grass at the Auckland Zoo in New Zealand, this emu shows off his brown-grey plumage that looks shaggy and unkempt. The feathers of the Emu is loosely packed together which provides insulation for the skin. The Emu has no problem being active in the middle of a hot day due to its feathery protection.

Emu, Dromaius novaehollandiae, at the Auckland Zoo, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand.

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I photographed this photo with the digital SLR camera model Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II, aperture of f/6.3, exposure time of 1/500 sec. on ISO 100, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 200mm.

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