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I am pleased you liked 'Lunch 53 - The male Purple Grenadier' - your kind Votes & Comments brought a shaft of sunlight into an old chap's life..! Thanks especially go to both Dave (ugly) and Patty (PentaxPatty), for their highly valued User Awards. A word on both, if I may? Dave, in a PM, sent me a very interesting link to a wildlife photographer's website, whom I now hold in great regard, Bob Brind-Surch. Take a look, if you like wildlife imagery at its best..! And Patty's Awards are always special, because she makes each one individually - a lovely slice of cake..!

That's the pleasantries out of the way... CarolG says I had no excuse for getting grasses in the way of my wee bird and should be carrying its favourite food, to lure it into the open..... In addition to grass seed (which the little beggar was already surrounded with), I guess I should also carry rump steak for the Lions, a pot of honey for the nectar eaters, rats & mice for the predator birds - and you could send me a carton of bugs for the insect eating birds?! Wink
Rob wants to know if I am going to 'go for the 100' Lunches. All depends on my meeting today, with the Kenya Government officianados, to get my visa extended. I think my other EPZ 'wheezers', Ed & Mick have got it about right - sling the prayer mat - visit the hole-in-the-wall - stuff plenty of filthy lucre into a brown envelope - place envelope inside the application form - Job's a good 'un (I hope).

Today's 'Lunch'
A male Silvery-cheeked Hornbill was one of around a dozen, who visited the tree canopies which our apartment looks down on. It was early-ish one morning and I was still in my jimjams, when I dashed out onto the balcony - just as well we aren't overlooked..! They were making a real din, with their 'quacking' & gobbling up fruit at the rate of knots..! We were visited by a pair last night, but no Lunching took place, unfortunately..!

Have a Tremendous Tuesday...!

Simon

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
Lens:EF500mm f/4L IS II USM +1.4x
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:10 Jan 2014 - 9:26 AM
Focal Length:700mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/4000sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:2000
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Lunch 54
Username:SimonFletch SimonFletch
Uploaded:28 Jan 2014 - 3:50 AM
Tags:Eating, Lunch, Male, Nairobi, Silvery-cheeked Hornbill, Wildlife / nature
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nonur
nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2014 - 4:00 AM

What a bill! Don't they feed on mice like toucans, Simon? Good shot with DOF.

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handlerstudio
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28 Jan 2014 - 4:31 AM

With a beak like that, who needs lunch, Simon?

Peter

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jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1081 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
28 Jan 2014 - 5:38 AM

A great capture showing us the beek

Peter

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bobsblues
bobsblues e2 Member 4bobsblues vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2014 - 5:49 AM

Another top notch shot Simon, Chinga will love this one with all the green in it, I like the idea of stuffing filthy lucre into brown paper bags must try that with some of my millions .
Have a good day old chap and watch out for the Lions nowWink
RobSmile

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781969
781969  1 India
28 Jan 2014 - 6:24 AM

You really makea difference in your capture,superb.

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2014 - 6:31 AM

Thank goodness you had your jimjams on, Simon, or you would have frightened this handsome fella away Wink Carol

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Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 699 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2014 - 6:45 AM

I don't know what I'd do without your morning soliloquy Simon, always gives me a smile. And as to your pictures, always superb and interesting, great work again my friend. Long may your visa run.

Andy

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104009 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2014 - 6:46 AM

"Boy, Have I got a headache!!" WinkGrinGrinBlushBlush

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Caziwinkles
28 Jan 2014 - 7:02 AM

No wonder he has looked up and paused - probably the sight of u in your jim-jams put him off his food! Wink
Great image of this somewhat ugly looking bird! Smile

Carol

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Mike_Young
28 Jan 2014 - 7:16 AM

An amazing shot of an interesting and amusing looking bird, you've managed to isolate it from the background very well, and timed it perfectly plucking a fruit from the tree Smile

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2014 - 7:24 AM

What a strange image
I really can't make it out at all....
Guess I am not awake yet.....

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viscostatic
28 Jan 2014 - 8:03 AM

A great image of this very strange looking bird feeding in the treetop Simon.

Phil.

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pentaxpatty
pentaxpatty e2 Member 1pentaxpatty vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2014 - 8:10 AM

A very strange bird Simon but once again superbly captured, nothing like that in darkest Sheffield, ! have a good day, no cake or biccies for you today, you said you want to stay slim GrinGrinGrin Patty

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Fred263
Fred263 e2 Member 2Fred263 vcard United Kingdom
28 Jan 2014 - 8:14 AM

Superb capture, Simon. Great timing & DOF.

Fred

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DicksPics
DicksPics e2 Member 3DicksPics vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2014 - 8:37 AM

I love this avian replacement for the AWACS radar plane, Simon!
An excellent piece of espionage on your part!Smile
I hope you've sent the evidence to the authorities!
Regards,
Richard

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kathrynlouise
kathrynlouise e2 Member 2364 forum postskathrynlouise vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2014 - 8:58 AM

Not the prettiest of birds but wonderfully captured GrinGrin

Kathryn

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2014 - 11:19 AM

Oh dear Simon, a bird here that only his mother could love.
Last in the queue when the good looks were handed out I think !!
Not surprised he is eating alone.
What girl in her right mind would be seen out with him !!
A good shot of him,
but I suggest he uploads a different profile pic when he signs up for,
''Find A Date Mate.Com''. !!
Mick.

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Lynniesefforts
Lynniesefforts e2 Member 3Lynniesefforts vcard Australia
28 Jan 2014 - 12:26 PM

Interesting looking bunch of feathers this one... great image Simon.

Lynette Grin

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ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2474 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2014 - 12:48 PM

Super image Simon,

Ali

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trevrob
trevrob e2 Member 1trevrob vcard United Kingdom
28 Jan 2014 - 3:28 PM

superb capture Simon

Trevor

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2014 - 4:26 PM

Not seen this variety before Simon. Been more used to seeing the more colourful sort. Excellent shot.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
I know of Brind-Surch. A quality operater.WinkWink
Ron

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GeorgePlatis
GeorgePlatis e2 Member 1GeorgePlatis vcard Greece1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2014 - 4:40 PM

Excellent capture and presentation, Simon!
Regards,
George

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Glostopcat
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28 Jan 2014 - 8:15 PM

A cracking shot of this rather ugly looking hornbill Simon, I bet you gave him quite a fright when you appeared on your balcony clad in your pj's and hung over from a night on the Madafu no doubt!Tongue

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28 Jan 2014 - 8:53 PM

a real stunner my friend

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Holmewood e2 Member 1Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
28 Jan 2014 - 9:32 PM

A lovely shot Simon of an unusual looking bird. Cathy

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dark_lord
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29 Jan 2014 - 11:53 PM

Well you wouldn't get into a head-butting competition with that one would you.
Perhaps that could be a warm-up show before the lions Grin

Keith

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