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I was stunningly surprised and highly delighted when I turned my computer on this morning, to discover a User Award from my favourite Schoolmarm, Carol (Caziwinkles), for Lunch 34, The Kenya Rufous Sparrow, thank you very much, Carol. My sincere thanks to all who commented and voted, too. You really are lovely people..!

Simba kwenda kula mzungu kwa 'Chakula cha Mchana'
I trust everyone knows by now, that Nathan received a new Canon 50 mm f/1.8 from Santa? Nathan kindly pointed out that Lunch 34 would have made a far superior image, had he "got a lot closer in using concealment and stealth, then equipped with a Canon 50 mm f/1.8 carefully captured a beautiful image." Nathan, clearly I need some lessons from you. Let me have your bank details and I'll deposit your airfare costs and, say an extra 500 for expenses. Let me know when you are coming over and I'll send my driver to the airport Smile
I am currently involved in a large project, building a stadium, in conjunction with KWS (Kenya Wildlife Service), inside Nairobi National Park. It's a 1,000 seater, half for Africans and half for Indians (they pay more, for better viewpoints). Filled to capacity, it should nett around quarter of a million per sitting. The advertising we are going to use, is the heading at the top, in bold. Translated, it means "Lion eats white man for Lunch".
Lions also know a great deal about "concealment and stealth", Nathan...Wink

Today's 'Lunch'
Appropriately, I am offering up an image of a Lioness who is removing the stomach of a Buffalo Grin She and her pride had taken the Buffalo down, beside a water hole and had their fill of the warm, bloody meat. This Lioness was a bit of a 'piggy' and was thwarting the attempts of Hyena and Jackals to have their share. The meat that she could get to, had run out and so she thought that she would remove the stomach, full of putrid grass. The look on her face is priceless Smile

Back to work for many, today. But, you were getting bored at home? Wink

Simon

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
Lens:EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:29 Nov 2011 - 9:13 AM
Focal Length:180mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.0
Aperture:f/7.1
Shutter Speed:1/640sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:500
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:Lunch 35
Username:SimonFletch SimonFletch
Uploaded:6 Jan 2014 - 4:08 AM
Tags:Buffalo, Carcus, Eating, Kenya, Lioness, Lunch, Wildlife / nature
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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2014 - 6:28 AM

I think her eyes are bigger than her stomach, Simon, she's obviously determined not to share her meal with any hyena or jackals. She's prepared to eat until she popsSmile A super capture, once again, this series is fascinating, I eagerly await the next instalment Smile Carol

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Caziwinkles
6 Jan 2014 - 6:59 AM

Great, if gruesome image, Simon. She needs to learn some table manners does our lioness here! Bet she full for a week after demolishing that! Smile

Carol

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kuvailija
kuvailija e2 Member 2kuvailija vcard Finland
6 Jan 2014 - 7:44 AM

Great image ,and very realistic ! Grin- Feel a little funny when whatching!Blush --- Jukka.Smile

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Caziwinkles
6 Jan 2014 - 8:04 AM

Your Arum Lilly is a beauty, Carol.
The only thing slightly spoiling it for me, is the bottom right hand corner - the background needs cloning out in PS.
A simple enough task, which I am sure you know how to accomplish.
I bet it was the storm and the thoughts of a wet & windy playground took your mind off this little triangle.
Hope you managed to catch up on your beauty-sleep

Simon

Please forgive me Simon - but I can't actually SEE ANYTHING in the bottom right hand corner -I must be going blind!!
(Or you are seeing things!!!). Wink

Last Modified By Caziwinkles at 6 Jan 2014 - 8:04 AM

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ukgubbi
ukgubbi e2 Member 2ukgubbi vcard India
6 Jan 2014 - 8:35 AM

This lunch is very gory SImon. But you have captured it brilliantly.

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nonur
nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2014 - 8:37 AM

Might be slightly disturbing for some, but never boring. This is life. Some human doings have much more terrible consequences and they are done without giving any chance to escape and without even making you aware of it. Wonderful expression on her face indeed, Simon.

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viscostatic
6 Jan 2014 - 8:43 AM

Part of life I suppose and what carnivores do to survive. Amazing wildlife photography Simon.

Phil.

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Mike_Young
6 Jan 2014 - 8:51 AM

Your narratives are nearly as amazing as your images Simon, I wish I had the wit to reply in as amusing a way Grin.

What a fabulous opportunity you have in an extended stay in such a marvellous place, keep em coming

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2014 - 8:52 AM

.... and life goes on

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104009 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2014 - 9:10 AM

My butcher would have an apoplexy WinkGrinGrin

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2014 - 9:13 AM

Another superb, if somewhat gory, wildlife capure. Amazing sight.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ron

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ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2474 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2014 - 9:24 AM

A great capture,

Ali

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handlerstudio
handlerstudio e2 Member 2handlerstudio vcard United States5 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2014 - 12:29 PM

There is no denying this one as a part of your series, Simon. I mighty call this one Lunch and Dinner. Graphic, and compelling at the same time. This is a great capture, quite literally. And you were not so far away.

Peter

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bobsblues
bobsblues e2 Member 4bobsblues vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2014 - 12:37 PM

Good afternoon Simon Just managed to get on the computer to check on the menu for lunch and I find the some hungary lioness has beaten me to it, no juicy steaks left Sad Ohh well thats life or not in the case of the buffaloSadSad
Hope I didn't make you too homesick on my last upload did I detect a slight yearning to be on home terriorty SimonWink . Any way a great shot of this lioness eating her lunch
Rob

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bunbeam
bunbeam  8 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2014 - 12:51 PM

brilliant capture... makes me want to revisit south africa.. wish i had a good camera while i was there.. was just so overwhelmed by it all.. very fond memories Smile
bun Smile

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eagle1955
eagle1955  1 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2014 - 1:29 PM

nice image simon always feel sorry for the animal that is killed but that is nature great capture

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2014 - 2:26 PM

Excellent documentary shot, Simon. I wonder why the lioness didn't go for the rump once the other meat ran out. Looks quite meaty!

Andrew

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 33063 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom101 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2014 - 2:46 PM

Another gripping insight to real wildlife...

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2014 - 3:02 PM

The lioness is certainly making a meal out of this Simon.
And can I assist you with your project ?
I am sure you will need some nuts and bolts for your 1,000 seats ?
I can send you 10,000 nuts and 10,000 bolts for a good price.
Granted,they are a bit rusty,but I will take this into account for a final price !!
Mick.

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dark_lord
dark_lord Critique Team 101464 forum postsdark_lord vcard England125 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2014 - 8:08 PM

A traditional African lunch Smile
By that I mean what many people would imagine first when talking about animals feedin on the plains.
The backlighting shows off the red blood very well Wink

For your project you'll need an official photographer to document the action and sell prints Grin

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8232 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2014 - 8:34 PM

A hard hitting natural history image Simon, this one is not for the fainthearted and squeamish members on here, it will be too much for them to stomach! A safari with you and Bunbeam would definitely be entertaining as you are both as mad as hatters!Wink

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AlexAppleby
6 Jan 2014 - 9:27 PM

This is a great image - I took one look and mimicked her facial expression (I've smelt those stomach contents at close quarters and they are not nice)!!! Just one thing I would say - I would have cropped in a bit tighter at the top and removed the mound of earth which is a bit distracting.

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iosatel
iosatel  1 Belgium
7 Jan 2014 - 1:39 AM

Great wildlife scene!

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781969
781969  1 India
7 Jan 2014 - 3:32 AM

ali the variants different and superb capture.

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