"Ladles and Jellyspoons, I come before you, to stand behind you, to tell you something I know nothing about...". My good friend, Andy, put me in mind of this famous poem, when he got the bit between his teeth about H&S. "It's the stupid Insurance Companies fault, for schools banning yoyos in School playgrounds - due to the high premiums they charge...". I stand corrected, Andy. I guess, "if enough mud is thrown, some of it sticks". Much later on, Lynne managed to put her knitting down and give us a very good (and amusing ) link to the H&S website, which lists 10 'howlers', one of which, is.... yoyos being banned from School playgrounds...
Uh-ho, I see Alex is back. Her last throwaway line, about Edu, my driver, getting a bonus, every time he spotted a Lunch image, caused me no end of grief, when Edu called round to view his 'moment of fame' on epz. Now she chucks in a line about me possibly "not adhering correctly to the rules of lunch" and "that Calder Bustaaard is eating a stick". Enter the 'Wolves of epz' - Mick (go stick your yellow card, where you can't hear the clock tick, mate..!!), (Ali, you surprise me..!!) and Ed (not surprised in the least). My simple retort to you four troublemakers is contained in today's upload...!!!
Cathy showed concern about Stan the Man "taking on the Calder Bustaaard". No, Cathy, I have it all worked out. We shall make a saddle for Stan, then the pair of them can go round, growling and barking at any epz troublemakers...!!!
Yesterday's upload was a difficult enough image to take, when my quarry was hiding behind a stick. Today's was nigh on impossible. These 6" long (including the tail) Bronze Mannikin birds were deep into grassland, eating grass seeds (no blood and no guts - do please behave) in the Nairobi National Park, last Saturday, when often there was no light (have you found another shilling, for your meter yet, Lynne?). Their nest is a large domed grass structure in a tree and they lay about half a dozen white eggs. They also build communal roosting nests, which are used overnight - then dismantled and rebuilt daily...!
V1: The lower, thick mandible acts like a nut-cracker, to crunch seeds open.
V2: The top, thinner mandible is shaped to pick seeds out of their fronds.
V3: Showing off his plumage & holding the grass frond with one claw.
V4: Is dedicated to Alex, Mick, Ali and Ed.
V5: Is not a Bronze Mannikin...read V4
Have a Thunderously Good Tuesday, everyone...!
|Camera:||Canon EOS-1D Mark IV |
|Lens:||EF500mm f/4L IS II USM +1.4x |
|Recording media:||RAW (digital)|
|Date Taken:||1 Feb 2014 - 7:48 AM|
|Lens Max Aperture:||f/5.7|
|Flash:||Off, Did not fire|