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You mad lot ...! CarolC, with 'Horse in his stripy jimjams' --- Jeff's 'The road service have been out with their paint brushes' --- 'Pantomime Horse', indeed - my old 'muckers', Richard, Mick, Ed and Keith went to town on that one. Keith, you can be so politically insensitive at times "here in the UK, we call it beef" - and I bet there will be someone who asks if the meat is already striped, or do you still have to put it on the barbeque ...?! Tongue If I were ever to play the front end of a striped Pantomime Horse, I know who I'd like to play the rear end, Ed - but you can have your extra points, for the guess Wink

Of course, I should have guessed that, despite my request, there would be the Law of Sod and someone would spoil it, for those yet to comment. No matter, a good wheeze was had - and that's always my intention Smile
My 'subject' was the many Ticks on the Zebra's nose. Ticks are the bane of most wild animals, some domestic ones, too. They have 8 legs and are related to spiders. Their pincers dig into their 'prey' and I recall my Father removing our dogs ticks, using tweezers, gently pulling, until each Tick released its grip. The wildlife of Africa have no such 'nurse', other than a bird - or rubbing against a tree, or scratching with claw or hoof. Ticks carry a multitude of bacterias, viruses and toxins and our poor Zebra would have been suffering, somewhat. Sad

Today's 'Lunch'
As promised, the third upload in the series of The Black-shouldered Kite. There is a mixture of 'gore' and comedy, as follows:
V1: Tucked up with its prey, high in a tree and surrounded by branches, getting images was difficult.
V2: The Kite had been ripping fur off its prey and looked comical.
V3: The Kite's hooked beak, ripping flesh from its prey.
V4: A blood covered beak and the tongue hanging out, as if to say Yuk..!

Have a Perfect POETS Day, everyone..! No upload from me tomorrow, it's Game Park Day Grin

Simon

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
Lens:EF500mm f/4L IS II USM +1.4x
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:18 Jan 2014 - 7:51 AM
Focal Length:700mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/1000sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:250
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Lunch 57
Username:SimonFletch SimonFletch
Uploaded:31 Jan 2014 - 3:31 AM
Tags:African Black-shouldered Kite, Eating, Lunch, Monkey, Wildlife / nature
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nonur
nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2014 - 5:21 AM

Another great set, Simon. My favourite is the first, that fierce red eye and that blooded beak give the bird a ferocious look. Seems to say, don't mess up with me and my lunch.

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LynneJoyce
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31 Jan 2014 - 6:27 AM

Mesmer-eye-sing shots of this beautiful bird.

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Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 6101 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2014 - 6:38 AM

^^^ Tee Hee. Another interesting and somewhat gory lunch shot Simon. I'm inspired to break out the long lens and hunt for birds, well as soon as it stops raining....

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Caziwinkles
31 Jan 2014 - 7:12 AM

Great shots as usual Simon - he looks rather fierce looking - that red beady eye so intense!

Carol

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pentaxpatty
pentaxpatty e2 Member 1pentaxpatty vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2014 - 7:19 AM

Another series of stunning wild life photography, birds that we never see in UK so for this I would like to say thank you, for sharing your trip around Africa and bringing theses fascinating creatures here for all to see. Just wonderful. PattyGrinGrin

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

The title back off sprung to mind with V 1..
I knew yesterday....but said nought
I knew you wanted your bit of fun

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ukgubbi
ukgubbi e2 Member 2ukgubbi vcard India
31 Jan 2014 - 7:42 AM

Those Piercing red shot eyes are beyond description. This is a very strong bird. I love the way you have captured it. Rather feauful lunch

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kathrynlouise
kathrynlouise e2 Member 2364 forum postskathrynlouise vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2014 - 8:01 AM

I can only look at V1 for fear the others may be too gruesome Blush
A wonderful capture Simon GrinGrin

Kathryn

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viscostatic
31 Jan 2014 - 8:08 AM

You don't need to tell me about ticks Simon. As you will know they are on the march in Scotland. The most I have had to remove is 15 after one day lying on the ground photographing flowers, despite using a groundsheet. I seem to attract bitey things.

Top quality photography again today with V3 my favourite in an excellent sequence.

Phil.

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Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
31 Jan 2014 - 8:27 AM

Excellent captures Simon,
Fred.

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781969
781969  1 India
31 Jan 2014 - 8:58 AM

wild life in action superb capture,step by step.

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gwynn56
gwynn56  269 forum posts England
31 Jan 2014 - 9:16 AM

beautiful set of images , even with the red eyeWink

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DicksPics
DicksPics e2 Member 3DicksPics vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2014 - 9:19 AM

'sanother super sequential set Simon - the red eye looked scary in the thumbnail!SmileSmileSmile
Richard

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104023 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2014 - 9:46 AM

mentioning ticks....when we visited Cape Town (on a trip up Table Mountain), my wife attracted a `tick' on the back of her neck....the tweezers did the trick..but they are damned hard to kill too...like `cat fleas', you have to crush the back!!!!.........She hates spiders and bugs, so you can imagine the squeals and horror.............we didn't let it spoil our holiday though!!!! SmileSmileSmile

your `comic' versions show the difference in humour GrinGrinGrin I did have a good laugh!!!

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sparrowhawk
sparrowhawk e2 Member 5267 forum postssparrowhawk vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2014 - 10:19 AM

wonderful set and the narrative made me laugh thank you

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Lynniesefforts
Lynniesefforts e2 Member 3Lynniesefforts vcard Australia
31 Jan 2014 - 11:00 AM

Another wonderfully taken set Simon.

That poor monkey!!! Makes me a bit sad everytime I see his remains..

Lynette Grin

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8234 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2014 - 12:47 PM

A cracking set of shots of this majestic raptor, such pin sharp details in both the plumage and its beady red eye. These tick all the boxes just like yesterdays upload!

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Fred263
Fred263 e2 Member 2Fred263 vcard United Kingdom
31 Jan 2014 - 2:10 PM

Stunning set of images, Simon. The red eye and beak look intimidating. Perfectly captured.

Fred

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2014 - 2:32 PM

Great series Simon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ron

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2014 - 3:19 PM

Yes,these poor monkeys seem to be a popular lunch Simon.
And as you say,with V4 he wishes there was something more tastier on the menu !!
Good set.
Mick.

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2014 - 5:05 PM

Gosh Simon you really have presented. Us with a yummie meal set...
Really good set
Lillian

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GeorgePlatis
GeorgePlatis e2 Member 1GeorgePlatis vcard Greece1 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2014 - 6:10 PM

Great captures, Simon!
Regards,
George

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Brian65
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31 Jan 2014 - 8:34 PM

Fantastic set Simon.
Brian

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dark_lord
dark_lord Critique Team 101475 forum postsdark_lord vcard England130 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2014 - 9:18 PM

Another nice set and I must admit I don't have a particular favourite this time.
Have a good day in the park tomorrow Smile

Keith

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Holmewood
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31 Jan 2014 - 10:42 PM

Great set Simon and definitely YUCK! Have a great day at the Game Park. Cathy

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
1 Feb 2014 - 8:08 PM

Fantastic shots of this bird of prey at it's meal: love V 2 with the discarded feathers floating away.
Each shot pin sharp and could comfortably sit in the V 1 slot.
R.

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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
2 Feb 2014 - 10:03 AM

V1 I love the look he's giving...
V2 the feathers details...
Wonderful shots...
IB

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