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Thank you all, for your interesting, informative and inimitable Comments (and Votes) for yesterday's 'Lunch - The Marabou Stork'. My very special Thank You goes to Lillian, for her highly treasured User Award.

Yes, Alex, Lunch is a great topic and I really love to see others 'imbibing' in this most satisfying practice. There was a good one by Ed, a couple of days ago - and do let me know if I've missed any others.

What's all this, about some of you 'warning' me about Lynne? A "terrifying proposition", Ed...? I thought Lynne's Comment yesterday was truly enthralling, nothing to worry me there. All she said was "Ah, I've sussed where you live now so you are no longer safe" - doesn't worry me, Lynne, come over any time, you'll be made very welcome. Just make sure you're wearing your makeup. Don't want you scaring the natives Wink

Many of you seemed to like Lynne's "avian doppelgänger", with Jeff thinking it was a "supermodel" (You could be in with a chance there, Lynne - he's very rich & his eyesight is obviously poor - but his sense of humour is awful..!). Ali says "I think he is rather handsome"... Alex says "I love maribou storks"... Rob admits that it's a "good looking bird" ...have you all gone completely bonkers?

At least Phil saved the day "A bit like myself prettier from a distance". You and me, both, mate. I've got a face that frightens small children...!

Today's 'Lunch'
A Crowned Plover, pecking away at tiny insects in the grass. All of a sudden, he dashes across the ground and thrusts his head fully into the roots, at a 90 degree angle - it looks hilarious and I hope my V2 shows this to advantage. The other versions are simply to show his gangly walk and his 'Monk haircut'..! The Crowned Plover (or Crowned Lapwing, as it's sometimes known) is a bird with a total length of 12" (30cm), lives in pairs or groups. Nests are made on the ground (thank goodness for that, CarolG..?!) and anyone walking close, will flush the birds - and encounter a dive-bombing session...!

Have a Thundering Good Thursday, everyone...!

Simon
PS: STOP PRESS!! Mike and Ed have both got great Lunch images today..!! Ed's is more For Lunch, though Wink
I also found one from Dave (ugly), which is an absolute stunner..!

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
Lens:EF500mm f/4L IS II USM +1.4x
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:25 Jan 2014 - 11:55 AM
Focal Length:700mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/2000sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Lunch 62
Username:SimonFletch SimonFletch
Uploaded:6 Feb 2014 - 4:12 AM
Tags:Crowned Lapwing, Crowned plover, Eating, Lunch, Nairobi National Park, Wildlife / nature
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781969
781969  1 India
6 Feb 2014 - 4:35 AM

Lovely capture,the reason i enjoy your captures is your hard work involved in the captures.

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ukgubbi
ukgubbi e2 Member 2ukgubbi vcard India
6 Feb 2014 - 5:36 AM

V3- great pose and expression , v4- lovely closeup. Great set Simon. Well done.

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2014 - 6:25 AM

Another fine set, Simon, love V.4, showing off his beautiful angelic halo, something I don't think you will manage to achieve, after reading some of the comments above WinkGrin Carol

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bobsblues
bobsblues e2 Member 4bobsblues vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2014 - 6:27 AM

Excellent captures Simon . Will pm you later
Rob

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Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 699 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2014 - 6:31 AM

Excellent set Simon, a handsome little bird and you can see the plover-iness, very similar to our peewit/lapwing/green plover.

Andy

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Mike_Young
6 Feb 2014 - 7:21 AM

Lovely Plover shots, great to see you used a low view point on V1-3 which shows them at their best.

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Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
6 Feb 2014 - 8:08 AM

Excellent captures Simon,
Fred.

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 33120 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom102 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2014 - 8:17 AM

Beautiful ornithological imagery capturing this beautiful bird magnificently. Image number three for me please Simon.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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viscostatic
6 Feb 2014 - 8:19 AM

A pretty little bird Simon which has clearly found something worth eating in V2. My favourite is v3 though with that alert pose.

Phil.

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2014 - 8:28 AM

your write up verges on being wicked .....GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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Fred263
Fred263 e2 Member 2Fred263 vcard United Kingdom
6 Feb 2014 - 8:48 AM

Great set of images, Simon. v3 & v4 are my faves.
Fred

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nonur
nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2014 - 8:54 AM

A lovely set, Simon. V4 is my favourite, a very sympathetic portrait of this lovely and funny bird.

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104015 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2014 - 9:31 AM

my eyesight may be poor, but I never did like salad!! WinkGrinGrinGrin

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pentaxpatty
pentaxpatty e2 Member 1pentaxpatty vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2014 - 9:50 AM

All lovely Simon, V4 for me too. Love the write up too always cheers me up. Have a good day too

Best wishes to you Patty Grin

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richmowil
richmowil e2 Member 5241 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2014 - 10:22 AM

Very nice set of images Simon!! It does look like very harsh light!! Even so, you have managed to portray the bird well!! V3 and V4 are favs!! Have a good one!!

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2014 - 11:28 AM

Perfect images Simon. Excellent series.GrinGrinGrinGrin
Ron

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kathrynlouise
kathrynlouise e2 Member 2364 forum postskathrynlouise vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2014 - 2:03 PM

Wonderful set Simon. V4 for me GrinGrin

Kathryn

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2014 - 2:11 PM

Four very well taken shots of a very pretty bird in the limited, rather conventional sense. I see it has with full make up carefully applied in V's 1 & 4. Obviously it hadn't got around to putting it's make up on in V3, hence the pose. The Marabou Stork, on the other hand, had the confidence to pose unadorned, confident that we who are not restricted by the conventional concept of beauty would appreciate its natural loveliness.

Don't worry Simon, if I do come to visit I will ensure that I wear my make up so as not to scare the crocodiles!

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ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2474 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2014 - 3:38 PM

4 great images Simon,

Ali Grin

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8232 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2014 - 4:06 PM

A cracking quartet Simon of which v3 and v4 are the pick

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dark_lord
dark_lord Critique Team 101464 forum postsdark_lord vcard England125 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2014 - 8:28 PM

V3 and V4 for me too.
However, I like V2 as it shows that 90 degree angle you mention - it's a shot that needs explanation but sometimes that's the case especially with behavioural shots.
Keith

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Holmewood e2 Member 1Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
6 Feb 2014 - 8:32 PM

A great set Simon. V4 for me. Cathy

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AlexAppleby
6 Feb 2014 - 9:08 PM

Here's a Lunch image that's slipped under your radar!!! I really think you need to organise a Great EPZ Lunch competition!!!
Great shots today - still I don't think the crowned plover is as impressive as that beautiful stork though!!!

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2014 - 9:56 AM

No way Alex..he would be using everything we produce as lunch for his...!
great set by the way Simon
Lillian

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