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"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 Smile ) link to the H&S website, which lists 10 'howlers', one of which, is.... yoyos being banned from School playgrounds...Blush

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...!!! SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

Today's 'Lunch'
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 Wink

Have a Thunderously Good Tuesday, 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:1 Feb 2014 - 7:48 AM
Focal Length:700mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/400sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Lunch 60
Username:SimonFletch SimonFletch
Uploaded:4 Feb 2014 - 2:58 AM
Tags:Bird, Bronze Mannikin, Eating, Kenya, Lunch, Nairobi National Park, Wildlife / nature
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handlerstudio
handlerstudio e2 Member 2handlerstudio vcard United States5 Constructive Critique Points
4 Feb 2014 - 3:37 AM

This is one of your smaller lunches, Simon......take a a lot of those to fill up.

Peter

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781969
781969  1 India
4 Feb 2014 - 4:36 AM

I enjoy and learn a lot from your capture,because every time they are perfect.

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nonur
nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
4 Feb 2014 - 5:25 AM

V1,V2 and V3 are excellent images, Simon. I refrain from commenting on V4 and V5 and leave it to those they are dedicated to.Wink

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Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 6100 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
4 Feb 2014 - 6:42 AM

A great set and, as usual, an entertaining, amusing and sometimes just plain daft write up. V3 is a spectacularly good shot and V5 is a fine response to the naysayers and n'er-do-wells who believe that animals eat sticks...pah, the fools, they make whistles out of them, everyone knows that.GrinGrinGrin

Andy

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece17 Constructive Critique Points
4 Feb 2014 - 7:00 AM

So these enchanting little birds make their nests in trees and lay about half a dozen white eggs, Simon, are we going to see some images of you climbing said tree and peeping into the nest to count how many eggs and what colour they are?Wink My favourite from the set is V.4, showing the beautiful bum plumage (thought you were trying to capture what happens within about 10 minutes of eating a grass seed) Grin Carol

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
4 Feb 2014 - 7:11 AM

Lovely set from which the bum shot, V4, is my favourite because the bird is showing you the contempt you deserve for making those rude comments about me. Please note, I have better things to do with my life than knit!

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

You are at a peak with this set.
Going to keep my mouth shut tho'

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Fred263
Fred263 e2 Member 2Fred263 vcard United Kingdom
4 Feb 2014 - 7:39 AM

Great set of images, Simon. I agree with Barb's comments above tho..
Fred

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104023 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
4 Feb 2014 - 7:39 AM

Hiding behind a stick is not good for humans, they are rarely stick thin, so the bird must think you are a bald eagle or something and clearly not a preadtor and just carries on pecking!! WinkGrinGrin

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viscostatic
4 Feb 2014 - 8:04 AM

Despite the difficulties Simon you have still got a great set of images here showing the sequence of the bird feeding and its habitat.

Phil.

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Ted447
Ted447 e2 Member 157 forum postsTed447 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
4 Feb 2014 - 8:45 AM

Great set of images. Ted. GrinGrin

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pentaxpatty
pentaxpatty e2 Member 1pentaxpatty vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
4 Feb 2014 - 8:48 AM

Great set Simon, v3 for me and so glad you pointed out in V5 the bug or I wouldn't have seen it GrinGrin only one eye works now !
Lovely colours of these birds.

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
4 Feb 2014 - 8:57 AM

Great shots Simon. V3 is an absolute beauty.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ron

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bobsblues
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4 Feb 2014 - 9:00 AM

Great set SimonSmile . catch up with you later mate.
Rob

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ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2474 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
4 Feb 2014 - 9:01 AM

Brilliant images with your usual humour keep up the good work Simon SmileSmile

Ali

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AlexAppleby
4 Feb 2014 - 9:05 AM

Have to apologise - I can now see the bug that is being eaten by the bustard, and am sorry I doubted your adherence to the rules!!!
I like these shots, always good to get a shot of a bird in a challenging environment, and you've done very well - if it was easy then it wouldn't be much fun would it? I also like the bum shot - every good set should have one!!!

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4 Feb 2014 - 3:15 PM

Great set. V3 my fav

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
4 Feb 2014 - 3:36 PM

Love the humour first and then a very close follow up with V3
Nothing stops you does it?
Lillian

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
4 Feb 2014 - 4:08 PM

I think something has been lost in translation here Simon ?
This is NOT the type of birds behinds I prefer to see !!
And talking of translations.
I am away to Google and see what ''myopic'' means !!
Mick.

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 43230 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom103 Constructive Critique Points
4 Feb 2014 - 4:51 PM

Brilliant, both great photography and wit...

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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richmowil e2 Member 5259 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
4 Feb 2014 - 6:25 PM

An excellent set of fine images Simon!! V3 for me today!! Have a good one!!

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4 Feb 2014 - 6:33 PM


Quote: Brilliant, both great photography and wit...

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

Nathan beat me to it with his comment Grin
Love your photography and your humour has me in stiches GrinGrin

Kathryn

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4 Feb 2014 - 7:11 PM

A fine set of images and a humorous narrative to accompany them, you are indeed a fellow of infinite jestGrin

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Holmewood
Holmewood e2 Member 1Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
4 Feb 2014 - 9:35 PM

"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...!!!"

Simon - Stan needs no help to sort out troublemakers!!!

That said great images and great comments as per usual. Cathy

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Mike_Young
4 Feb 2014 - 9:59 PM

Cracking shots of this lovely little bird

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leontari
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4 Feb 2014 - 11:14 PM

Brilliant set of images and great humor, Simon.
Effrossini

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Lynniesefforts
Lynniesefforts e2 Member 3Lynniesefforts vcard Australia
5 Feb 2014 - 1:03 AM

Great images Simon.. have a good Wednesday.

Lynette Grin

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dark_lord
dark_lord Critique Team 101474 forum postsdark_lord vcard England128 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2014 - 6:52 PM

Another informative set.
I'm slowly catching up wwith all the images Smile

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