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Greetings everyone and thank you for your votes and comments on 'Lunch 151 - The White-bellied Busatard'.

Ooops, seemingly I am not 'the flavour of the week' with Carol again "It's a bit of bustard eating all my little insects " - it doesn't eat the pretty ones, like yours, Carol Wink Tongue At least Nezih had some admiration "He must be so quick to be able to get those tiny insects or flies", even if it was a female, but never mind, the males are just as quick. What's this, from Mick "Dunno how she has got so fat .... eating these tiny insects. You make no mention of her mating habits, so perhaps this may be the reason " - and "Big bugger aint 'e ", from Ron - most unkind, both of you - and you'll see what happens, when eating tiny insects and too much 'mating' is partaken - below Wink

Today's 'Lunch'
Well folks, as you possibly know, I don't 'do' requests, but Lynne set me thinking, when she said "I must say that I am surprised at your not featuring the Kenyan Stick Insect, complete with graphic details of it's reproductive habits, in response to Mick's post. "

The old brain cells cleared of fog and it all came back to me. The first time I saw a Stick Insect was when we stayed with Kuki Gallman, on her ranch "Ol Ari Nyiro". Larger than London and full of interesting wildlife, it is situated up in Laikipia, central Kenya. Kuki wrote a heart-wrenching, true-life best-seller "I dreamed of Africa", later turned into a film, starring Kim Basinger. Anyway, I diverse. In our room, was one of Kuki's "social bugs", a Stick Insect. It was but a small specimen and we found it chasing tiny insects - in the first image, you can clearly see one and there's another, hidden under its 'tentacle', ready for Lunch. Nothing "out of shot " here, folks..! It was a little disconcerting, because we found it beside the bathroom, while having a shower and it seemed to keep casting a glance....

There's a variety of other images, too, of a very large Stick Insect, at least two hands long, who we found in a forest area in Zanzibar - the "Spice Island" and infamous for slavery in years gone by. This was a real Daddy of a Stick Insect (Richard Headii - its scientific name explained in the cropped close-up). When we first saw it, it was in a complacent mood, seeming to just look around, wondering where the hell it was, probably having drunk several pints of Guinness the night before Wink

Incredibly, it suddenly lept to life - I am guessing instinct jumped in - or should that be 'Insect jumped in', because it slipped between the forks on the end of the stick it was standing on, opened its wings and they were pushing down, thrusting upwards - then its legs joined in, pushing down, thrusting upwards, it was working at a frantic rate - until, suddenly, it relaxed.... "oh bugger, it's a real stick", running through its head.

We placed it on a fern leaf, its 6 legs trembling in opposite directions. Slowly, it quietened. Eventually, it flew. Can we all Please say a little prayer, that Richard Headii finally finds a Stick Insect to fall in love with, instead of a Stick.. Wink Smile Grin Tongue Blush

Have a wonderful break from all this nonesense everyone, I am off to Spain for a couple of weeks Grin

Simon

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 40D
Lens:18-250mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:4 Jan 2009 - 3:14 AM
Focal Length:84mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.2
Aperture:f/7.1
Shutter Speed:1/8sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:On, Fired
White Balance:Manual
Title:Lunch 152
Username:SimonFletch SimonFletch
Uploaded:27 Jun 2014 - 4:59 AM
Tags:Eating, Insect, Kenya, Lunch, Mating, Ol Ari Nyiro, Stick, Stick insect, Wildlife / nature, Zanzibar
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jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1082 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
27 Jun 2014 - 5:26 AM

I love these kind of insect that looks so peculiar

Peter

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Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 6105 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jun 2014 - 6:28 AM

Quite remarkable, the photos, the story and the insects, isn't nature wonderful.

Have a good hols Simon.

Andy

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cats_123
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27 Jun 2014 - 6:54 AM

We make so many mistakes when we try mating for the first time!!!!!!! WinkGrinGrinGrin

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Ted447
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27 Jun 2014 - 7:17 AM

Nice set of images what an unusual creature. Ted. GrinGrin

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bobpaige1
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27 Jun 2014 - 7:25 AM

Stunning set Simon,5 great pics thanks for sharing as i have never seen one before.

Bob.

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LynneJoyce
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27 Jun 2014 - 7:38 AM


Quote: We make so many mistakes when we try mating for the first time!!!!!!! WinkGrinGrinGrin

Soooooooo true, and we should all be forgiven for that. Well done you for helping the unfortunate stick insect recover its dignity on the fern leaf!

Five fascinating photos.

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Badgerfred
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27 Jun 2014 - 7:44 AM

Excellent images and narrative Simon, enjoy your break,
Fred.

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781969
781969  1 India
27 Jun 2014 - 8:10 AM

Very fine close up,good change in line of capture.

Vikram

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viscostatic
27 Jun 2014 - 8:13 AM

I suppose there are times when looking like a stick has its problems. I never though of these things as having wings before and I didn't know they were carnivores. So I learn as well as enjoying these amazing photographs Simon. Have a great holiday in Spain.

Phil.

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pentaxpatty
pentaxpatty e2 Member 1pentaxpatty vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jun 2014 - 8:27 AM

Fantastic set. V4 great shot. Looks like Mick 's stick too.
Love all of them Simon really good focus and so clear.
Patty Smile

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nonur
nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jun 2014 - 8:33 AM

A marvel of nature, a set of incredibly interesting perfect shots, Simon. My favourites are V2, 3, and 4.
Hope you have a great time in Spain!

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JuBarney
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27 Jun 2014 - 10:38 AM

A splendid set of this amazing creature.
Hope you enjoy Spain,
Ju

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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
27 Jun 2014 - 12:23 PM

AMAZING Beastie! Love the wings the jurasic look and the way it blends with the twigs...
10 out of 10 from me Simon! Grin
IB

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kathrynlouise
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27 Jun 2014 - 1:50 PM

How fabulous! A wonderful set Simon. V4 for me GrinGrin

Kathryn

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ukgubbi
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27 Jun 2014 - 4:16 PM

This is incredible. It is a living being. Great shots. Superbly captured.

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Maiwand
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27 Jun 2014 - 6:45 PM

Remarkable image and even better narrative Simon. Superb.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ron

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mikbee
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27 Jun 2014 - 6:58 PM

An interesting set here Simon.
Enjoy your trip to Spain.
But I know full well you are going for some Spanish Fly !!
Mick.

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dark_lord
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27 Jun 2014 - 8:41 PM

I like V5 for the contrast in shapes.
Have a good trip.

Keith

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Holmewood
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27 Jun 2014 - 11:24 PM

Wow Simon. Great shots. Have a lovely holiday. Cathy

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2014 - 2:17 AM

Omg...best...write-up...ever GrinGrinGrin

Thanks for that before buggering off to Spain WinkGrin

Gosh...poor stick insect. Screwed by his own awesome camouflage. Or should I say unscrewed.

Speaking of awesome camouflage, that is absolutely incredible in Vs 2-4!! Wowww.

Amazing shots all round here, Simon.

Have a great time in Spain!

Andrew

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bobsblues
bobsblues  4 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2014 - 7:13 AM

Wow Simon what a super set have a great time in spain old chap .
Rob

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RonnieAG
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29 Jun 2014 - 7:02 AM

Perhaps V 4 is my favourite with the wings showing: such an extraordinary group of insects, and so often I guess well disguised from predators, but not your hungry lens yn this case. Unfortunately my eyesight is no longer acute enough to appreciate the finer detail such as the smaller lunch insects mentioned in V 1.
R.

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Fred263
Fred263 e2 Member 2Fred263 vcard United Kingdom
29 Jun 2014 - 7:09 AM

Stunning set of captures, Simon.

Fred

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JohnoP
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29 Jun 2014 - 10:47 PM

Another fine set Simon! No wonder you need a holiday in Spain after all that writing! Smile John

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BIGRY1
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30 Jun 2014 - 11:35 AM

Great images but V2 is my fav, it shows what it does bestWinkGrin
Ryan

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ali63
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1 Jul 2014 - 3:29 PM

Great set, have a good holiday,

Ali GrinGrin

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leontari
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2 Jul 2014 - 9:11 PM

Five stunning captures, Simon, of this amazing insect!!
Effrossini

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brian17302
brian17302 e2 Member 2brian17302 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jul 2014 - 10:57 PM

5 Remarkable images Simon
V2 for me for the camouflage, well spotted & captured

Brian

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Glostopcat
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15 Jul 2014 - 7:12 PM

A fascinating set of natural history images Simon and a most entertaining narrative to accompany them.

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Glostopcat
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3 Aug 2014 - 12:52 AM

Off to Spain for a couple of weeks eh Simon, you have been gone for over a month now! Perhaps we should send out a search party led by Lynne Joyce to bring you safely home! Perhaps you have jumped ship and have joined Alex Appleby on one of the other photosites whose names can't be mentioned on here!!!WinkGrinTongue

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4 Aug 2014 - 11:00 AM

Featured e2 Photo! Smile

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