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Thank you kindly, for your comments (and votes) on yesterday's 'Lunch - The Bronze Mannikin'. I see it was a case of 'Handbags at 3 paces' from Lynne. I'm not taking you on, Lynne - I know yours is full of dumbbells...! Wink

Many seemed to like the image showing the 'rear end' of the bird - and Alex (no need to apologise, Alex - you set off a lot of other troublemakers, without whom, I wouldn't have any material, to get my teeth into, as Rob so aptly puts it..!), where was I, oh yes, Alex, suggested that every upload should have a 'bum shot' in it. You're just trying to get me thrown off epz, aren't you? Anyway, most of my images are 'bum shots'..!! Although Mick didn't approve of the 'bum shot' - he prefers his, in little pink shorts..!

CarolG has high hopes of an upload of me climbing a tree, to inspect birds nests and verify the colour and quantities of eggs. If you'd like to hop on a 'plane and come and give me a leg-up, I'm game, if you are, Carol. Let's just say, it would need to be a tree with a trunk of at least a foot thick...!

Today's 'Lunch'
Down at the dam, in Nairobi National Park, congregate a very large number of Marabou Storks, amongst a number of other species. Looking like old men, who have forgotten to take the coat-hanger out of their shabby raincoats, before putting them on, they shuffle around and are not in the least bit photogenic. That is, until they fly - a most magnificent sight..! Their large wings enable them to soar up on the thermals and watching them is quite breathtaking. They have an inflateable pink air sac in front of the neck and a smaller one on the hindneck. A predator bird, it feeds from carrion and human rubbish. It also catches small fish and reptiles. I have a couple of uploads in store and today's two versions, I hope, shows this strange looking bird's plumage and features off, while having a spot of Lunch.

Have a Wonderous Wednesday, 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 - 4:43 PM
Focal Length:700mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/1000sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:125
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Lunch 61
Username:SimonFletch SimonFletch
Uploaded:5 Feb 2014 - 3:22 AM
Tags:Bird, Eating, Lunch, Marabou stork, Nairobi National Park, Wildlife / nature
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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
5 Feb 2014 - 4:39 AM

Ah, I've sussed where you live now so you are no longer safe!!!

What a splendid creature you have captured here and what an interesting description. I disagree about it not being photogenic. On the contrary, V2 gives testimony to the fact that it has eschewed all the face cream adverts and accepted its appearance gracefully!

I love the gloss on the wings and the water action in V1 but my favourite has to be my avian doppelgänger in V2.

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781969
781969  1 India
5 Feb 2014 - 4:56 AM

Very lovely closeup with perfection.

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ukgubbi
ukgubbi e2 Member 2ukgubbi vcard India
5 Feb 2014 - 4:58 AM

Nice narration, Simon. Great set. V2 -is a stunner.

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Fred263
Fred263 e2 Member 2Fred263 vcard United Kingdom
5 Feb 2014 - 6:04 AM

Two stunning images, Simon. Great narrative too,
Fred

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece17 Constructive Critique Points
5 Feb 2014 - 6:30 AM

What a strange looking bird, Simon, but he has a certain appeal to him, especially in V.2, with that apology for a wig perched atop his forehead Smile Carol

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Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 6100 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
5 Feb 2014 - 6:38 AM

A bird that won me £200 in a quiz. The last set of questions was a picture round of birds and I was the only one who knew the Marabou Stork, won by a point....woot.

Anyway, 2 great shots Simon, nature always designs things to fit a niche and it may not have the looks but it has everything else to survive in its own natural environment.

Andy

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104023 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
5 Feb 2014 - 7:08 AM

V2 without a doubt....a supermodel if ever I saw one GrinGrinGrin

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
5 Feb 2014 - 7:40 AM

You obviously don't know Lynne........handbag?????
I don't think so
You have been warned!!!!!Wink

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
5 Feb 2014 - 8:26 AM

you are featured e2 piccy at this minute.
GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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viscostatic
5 Feb 2014 - 8:35 AM

Great images Simon but not the best of models. A bit like myself prettier from a distance.

Phil.

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kathrynlouise
kathrynlouise e2 Member 2364 forum postskathrynlouise vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
5 Feb 2014 - 8:54 AM

Not a very pretty bird! Two amazing captures though Simon GrinGrin

Kathryn

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pentaxpatty
pentaxpatty e2 Member 1pentaxpatty vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
5 Feb 2014 - 8:56 AM

Fantastic bird captures again, great close ups , never seen a bum shot yet from you Simon GrinGrinGrin

best wishes to you Patty

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
5 Feb 2014 - 9:16 AM

V1 for me Simon with that wonderful plumage display.GrinGrinGrinGrin
V2 I would not like to meet on a dark night !!!
Ron

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8234 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
5 Feb 2014 - 10:04 AM

Two tremendous images of this huge bird, his wing span is most impressive and his beak looks razor sharp.
Quote: V1 for me Simon with that wonderful plumage display.GrinGrinGrinGrin
V2 I would not like to meet on a dark night !!!
Ron

I think our Simon would rather meet him after dark than Lynne Joyce who is a much more terrifying proposition!WinkGrinTongue

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Mike_Young
5 Feb 2014 - 10:30 AM

Superb shots here Simon, V1 timing is perfect

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ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2474 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
5 Feb 2014 - 11:14 AM

Super images Simon, I think he is rather handsome,

Ali SmileSmile

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
5 Feb 2014 - 12:42 PM

C'mon Simon,you are giving us males a bad name here.
What man use a COATHANGER ?
Our coats are thrown over a chair for our wives to hang up !!
I enjoy your uploads,but please be more accurate with your narratives !!
Mick.

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nonur
nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
5 Feb 2014 - 4:28 PM

The bir is ugly, but interesting, and the shots are of great quality, Simon.

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jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1081 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
5 Feb 2014 - 5:37 PM

I like the spreaded wings

Peter

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GeorgePlatis
GeorgePlatis e2 Member 1GeorgePlatis vcard Greece1 Constructive Critique Points
5 Feb 2014 - 5:56 PM

Excellent captures in great detail and from great points of view, Simon!
Regards,
George

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
5 Feb 2014 - 7:50 PM

Great action captured in V1 really brilliant
And like V2 for that close encounter
Lillian

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Holmewood
Holmewood e2 Member 1Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
5 Feb 2014 - 8:50 PM

Two great shots Simon but definitely not handsome! Cathy

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Brian65
Brian65 e2 Member 5Brian65 vcard United Kingdom
5 Feb 2014 - 9:03 PM

2 top notch images Simon.
Brian

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AlexAppleby
5 Feb 2014 - 10:06 PM

I love maribou storks - especially the way they kneel down 'backwards'.
V2 my fav of these.
Have you noticed there is at least one new entrant in the Great EPZ Lunch competition today? They are keeping you on your toes!
Where's today's bum shot then???

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bobsblues
bobsblues e2 Member 4bobsblues vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
5 Feb 2014 - 10:25 PM

Firstly Simon lets get down to business mighty fine shots of this good looking bird Smile well according to Alex, well the shots are good don't know about good lookingBlush
Secondly brave man or fool for taking on Lynnejoyce being a gambling man I know who I'm betting on Tongue
And thirdly ( if that's a word ) what are doing looking at men in shabby overcoats Blush to compare birds with, Ohh I do worry for you sometimes mate Tongue
Rob

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dark_lord
dark_lord Critique Team 101475 forum postsdark_lord vcard England130 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2014 - 11:44 PM

V1 is a super shot in terms of the pose. I like the way the splaying of the legs mirrors the splaying of th ewings. The water dripping off th ebeak just makes it.
However, V2 is possibly my favourite (I haven't made my mind up completley Smile) as it shows what an ugly thing it really is Grin
Talk of bum shots and old men in shabby raincoats Blush

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