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I must give you all a big Thank You for your kind comments (and votes) for Lunch 33 - The Golden Eagle - and I have to confess that I was quite taken aback and felt quite emotional about the UA's from Steve (Sparrowhawk) and Ed (Glostopcat), thank you both, very much Smile I would also like to thank Keith (dark_lord) for his wonderful tribute to the Lunch series, which I unintentionally spoiled with a tongue-in-cheek comment and didn't add a wink Wink after it. If you like Barn Owls - and who doesn't - please take a look..!

Hmm... a few of you showed some 'concern' about the potential of my being eaten for Lunch by one of the inhabitants of the game park yesterday. Ed mentioned 'Albert & The Lion', which I had to Google (Google is now officially a verb 'I google', 'you google', 'they google' etc Wink ) and found it was an amusing poem about a lion in a zoo which ate a young lad. Well, as you can see, I survived - but I am deeply touched that you should even think that I might have been eaten up Wink

Today's 'Lunch'
In complete contrast to my last offering of The Golden Eagle, this little fellow is a Kenya Rufous Sparrow, who I observed early in the morning (yes, Ed, it's breakfast to me and you, but birds don't generally eat a lot of Lunch at Lunch-time here, it's too hot to hunt Smile .... Gosh, you can be so pedantic, at times Wink). He (the Sparrow, not Ed)was in amongst the grasses, hunting away with all the other small birds - took a dive for a small grasshopper - and flew up to the local Thorn Tree, only to find that he had not only captured his quarry, but a beak-full of grass too..! He grasped the beak-full between his claws and the branch, but the grasshopper wriggled free, leaving our little friend digging around in the grass, thinking 'it was in here, I am sure it was'..! V2 is just to show the plumage of this fine looking fellow.

"Tall Tale", Ed? I do hope so Smile Happy Silly Sunday, everyone.

Simon

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
Lens:EF500mm f/4L IS II USM +1.4x
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:27 Dec 2013 - 8:24 AM
Focal Length:700mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/800sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Lunch 34
Username:SimonFletch SimonFletch
Uploaded:5 Jan 2014 - 3:19 AM
Tags:Bird, Kenya, Kenya Rufous Sparrow, Lunch, Nairobi National Park, Wildlife / nature
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handlerstudio
handlerstudio e2 Member 2handlerstudio vcard United States5 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jan 2014 - 5:02 AM

Simon, this has been a great series.....carried on even longer than I stretched out my "reflection" series.....and I really pushed that one. And, there have been some wonderful images, some of successful hauls, others, like this, not. Well, in nature, as in life, you can ask for what you want, and sometimes the answer is no. Win some, lose some. And your photos have been winners. Thanks for showing us these.

Peter

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nonur
nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jan 2014 - 5:15 AM

I like to connect the perplexed look in the eye with the little story you told, Simon. Great shots with nice detail.

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jan 2014 - 6:28 AM

So glad to hear the hopper made his escape, Simon, can't have these pesky birds eating all my photographic subjects Wink He is a beauty, nicely coloured, and well captured, as always. Carol

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bobsblues
bobsblues e2 Member 4bobsblues vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jan 2014 - 6:45 AM

Good morning Simon I trust you had a couple of good days to replenish your wit Wink a very kind offer to sort out some of the EPZers for me, I thought Nathan's offer to sort my patio was very generous but I couldn't possibly open the patio door or window because my two cats would escape and try and eat my subjectsSad . A charming little critter you have captured here my friend full of colour and detail a wonderful shot, I look forward to our next lunchTongue

Rob

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anglingandyq
5 Jan 2014 - 7:13 AM

two wonderful images simon great detail well captured

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Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
5 Jan 2014 - 7:39 AM

2 excellent captures Simon, great detail in both,
Fred.

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 32801 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jan 2014 - 7:58 AM

Not a bad image at all Simon, however I would have been inclined to get a lot closer in using concealment and stealth, then equipped with a Canon 50 mm f/1.8 carefully captured a beautiful image.

Never mind we can't all be perfect mate GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

Regards Nathan

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781969
781969  India
5 Jan 2014 - 8:23 AM

both the variants beautiful capture.

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Caziwinkles
5 Jan 2014 - 8:30 AM

Lunch 34 - superb - as has all this series been! Smile
Absolutely no chance of being anorexic around these! Wink
Truly great photography work Simon! Smile

Carol

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viscostatic
5 Jan 2014 - 8:42 AM

Two beautiful images Simon. Without your explanation I would have assumed it was gathering nesting material.

Phil.

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jan 2014 - 8:47 AM

Funny heard that song last night at the pub....
Originally sung at the city varieties in leeds
The last line is the clincher for me....
Your write up today has given me a smile.....poor bird

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ukgubbi
ukgubbi e2 Member 2ukgubbi vcard India
5 Jan 2014 - 8:59 AM

Lovely shots, Simon.

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sparrowhawk
sparrowhawk e2 Member 5267 forum postssparrowhawk vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jan 2014 - 9:05 AM

great shots to add to this brilliant series ! thank you for your comment on my shot yesterday

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kuvailija
kuvailija e2 Member 2kuvailija vcard Finland
5 Jan 2014 - 10:39 AM


Quote: Two wonderful images simon great detail well captured

--- I agree! GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin --- Jukka.Smile

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DicksPics
DicksPics e2 Member 3DicksPics vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jan 2014 - 10:40 AM

Simply superb, Simon - your uploads are so educational and amusing!SmileSmileSmile

Richard

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8231 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jan 2014 - 12:32 PM

The most tenuous link to lunch in this series so far Simon. You are lucky that camera club judges, or "Photo mafia" as Lynne Joyce has dubbed them are not viewing these images as you would have been disqualified and hauled across burning coals for giving us misleading information in your title!WinkGrinTongue This is most definitely a failed attempt to grab breakfast!Smile Two terrific shots of this chirpy little chap and another amusing narrative to accompany it. If you want something to put a big smile on your chevy chase this Sunday check out epzer "Caziwinkles" tiger upload, v3 and v4 are of Carol as you've never seen her before. When you see these pics, I don't think you'll describe her as a "lovely school marm" ever again!WinkGrin

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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
5 Jan 2014 - 12:35 PM

Gorgeous little bird, very well captured and a joy to see!
IB

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 103995 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland24 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jan 2014 - 12:57 PM

Similar to how I eat WinkGrinGrinGrin

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jan 2014 - 1:59 PM

Delightful shots of the Sparrow Simon. A good reward for your patience.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ron

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bunbeam
bunbeam e2 Member 8bunbeam vcard United Kingdom
5 Jan 2014 - 3:18 PM

2 superb captures.... lucky grasshopper.. isnt nature a wonderful thing Smile
bun Smile

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eagle1955
eagle1955  1 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2014 - 4:34 PM

a very captivating capture with great clarity simon the church is st james church of England.regards peter

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dark_lord
dark_lord Critique Team 101436 forum postsdark_lord vcard England119 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jan 2014 - 6:05 PM

Lovely captures, but poor sparrow. Perhaps this should be the start of a new series 'Not Lunch' Wink Grin
Keith

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richmowil e2 Member 5240 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jan 2014 - 8:30 PM

Nice detail and colours in these good images Simon!!

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jacquig
5 Jan 2014 - 11:06 PM

Two excellent shots, Simon, and your write up is great. My favourite before reading it was v1, but is now v2 - it's a look of indignation and hurt pride about the meal that got away. Smile

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ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2474 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2014 - 9:21 AM

Excellent work Simon Smile

Ali

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 7135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2014 - 2:16 PM

Lol...he's trying to maintain a dignified pose in V2 after feeling sheepish about losing the grasshopper Grin

Two super shots, Simon! Love the beakful in V1 Smile

Andrew

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