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Thank you all, for your kind Comments (and Votes) on 'Lunch 62 - The Crowned Plover'. As always, I read them with great interest and loved every one. Except, maybe, CarolG's who doubts my ability to get to heaven and intimates that my halo has slipped - oh, and Barbara, who says I'm 'wicked'...! I have no idea how those ideas popped into your head Ladies - have you never heard of Simon (Templar) "The Saint"..?! I am sure you can all see the similarity? Wink

Many liked V3, of our pretty wee Plover, 'posing' nicely for the camera. However, Lynne & Alex, don't go for (as Lynne puts it) the 'conventional concept of beauty' - and much preferred the "natural loveliness... of the Maribou Stork" in Lunch 61. You like 'em a bit rough round the edges, then, Lynne? Maybe you like your 'hunks' with lumps, bumps, humps and chunks? Sounds like fun to me... Tongue Blush When did you say you were coming over, I've got the lot..!!

Alex spotted a truly splendid Lunch image by Mike. If you haven't already seen it - this one's a 'must', folks. Alex seems very keen for me to organise a "Great EPZ Lunch competition", which would indeed by great fun and I'm sure lots of folk have some great images on their hard drives of wildlife eating something? However, I am unable to do so, because I am going to be away from EPZ for a number of weeks. My last upload will be on Sunday 16th February and you won't hear from me again until possibly Sunday 23rd March. I may just 'pop in', between travels, but only briefly. Also, no upload from me tomorrow, Saturdays are Game Park days.. Grin

On Lighting:
Bill suggested that the light looked harsh (but thanks for the compliment, Bill). Yes, the image was taken at mid-day and the African sun is very unforgiving when it's in its zenith. Hard shadows are naturally made directly downward and the extremely bright light plays havoc with any feather (or fur) detail, especially on light coloured birds and beasts. I usually spot-meter on the lightest part (when the damn subject stands still..!) and ETTR - and if anyone has any thoughts on this one, I'll be delighted to hear them.

'Today's 'Lunch'
Is my penultimate upload of The Black-shouldered Kite. Seen here, with fur stuck to his beak, tearing chunks out of its prey, swallowing a whole leg (I like the fact he has his eye shut..!) and generally looking like the fine predator that he is. If anyone would like to view previous versions, they are, in order - Lunch 48, Lunch 51 and Lunch 57. I hope you enjoy them, but some are a little 'gory'. A warning for those of a delicate nature..!

Have a Fantastic Friday, 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:18 Jan 2014 - 7:41 AM
Focal Length:700mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/10.0
Shutter Speed:1/1250sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:640
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Lunch 63
Username:SimonFletch SimonFletch
Uploaded:7 Feb 2014 - 4:00 AM
Tags:African Black-shouldered Kite, Eating, Lunch, Monkey, Wildlife / nature
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781969
781969  1 India
7 Feb 2014 - 4:08 AM

Lovely capture of all variants.I can also see the hard work involved in the captures.

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jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1082 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
7 Feb 2014 - 4:30 AM

Impressive especially with v4 as an end to this aaction

Peter

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Fred263
Fred263 e2 Member 2Fred263 vcard United Kingdom
7 Feb 2014 - 5:05 AM

Stunning set of images, Simon. Superb captures. V4 is outstanding as its eye/tongue appear to be saying "I've enjoyed the meal".

Fred

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7134 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2014 - 5:54 AM

He's certainly enjoying every bite of his meal in this fine set, Simon, all superb captures. So, off on your travels again, and this time for one whole month, what will we all do without our early morning 'Fletch Fix' SadWink Carol

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Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 6105 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2014 - 6:38 AM

Not sure you should be allowed to go of on 'travels' what about the rest of us, selfish , that's what it is.

Anyway, another excellent set, gore to the fore but none the worse for that. Top work as always Simon and enjoy your trip mate.

Andy

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Caziwinkles
7 Feb 2014 - 7:03 AM

Looking quite full and self satisfied in V4. Hope he cleaned his teeth well! Super shots.
Enjoy your travels! Smile

Carol

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2014 - 7:29 AM

Don't get up to too much mischief whilst away
It seems like you will miss my lunch piccy today.....

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Mike_Young
7 Feb 2014 - 8:00 AM

This set continues to be an excellent example of wildlife reportage, each image could also stand on its own. I'm so impressed with them and more than a little envious of your skill in converting your opportunities into brilliant images.

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pentaxpatty
pentaxpatty e2 Member 1pentaxpatty vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2014 - 8:22 AM

wonderful series again Simon, great capture on the red eye, have a good day on your travels again ! GrinGrin lucky you getting away from all the rain and more rain

Patty

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viscostatic
7 Feb 2014 - 8:28 AM

An excellent sequence of this magnificent bird and its red eye Simon.

Phil.

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richmowil
richmowil e2 Member 5259 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2014 - 9:07 AM

V4 is my favorite of these very good images!! The eye and stare is stunning!! Its obviously seen you and thought - dessert!! Have a good one!!

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Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
7 Feb 2014 - 9:15 AM

Super set of images Simon, V4 a slight favourite,
Fred.

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2014 - 10:00 AM

It's the eye Simon
are you trying to keep an eye on us maybe..while away!!
lovely set but V4 for me
Lillian

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ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2481 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2014 - 11:10 AM

Great wildlife images, have a good trip, I have uploaded a Lunch image today, not sure if you will get to see it SmileSmileSmile

Ali

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JuBarney
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7 Feb 2014 - 2:35 PM

Splendid lunch shots
Ju

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2014 - 2:56 PM

Another wonderful shot of the Kite Simon. A real natural history shot.GrinGrinGrin
Ron

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cats_123 e2 Member 104029 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2014 - 3:02 PM

The manners ..............These `fast food' joints have a lot to answer for....Never speak with your mouth open or full!!!! WinkGrinGrin

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2014 - 3:20 PM

Great set, love the epicurean action shots, V's 2 & 3.

"Maybe you like your 'hunks' with lumps, bumps, humps and chunks? Sounds like fun to me... Tongue Blush When did you say you were coming over, I've got the lot..!!" How nice of you to guess my preferences with this quote. In view of this I fully expect you to arrange viewings of camels, warthogs and elephants when I do come over. They have the kind of lumps, bumps, humps and chunks that really turn me on!!!

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Glostopcat e2 Member 8235 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2014 - 3:53 PM

A terrific set of images which will be your penultimate ones before you take an extended lunch break from epz!Wink I'm sure you will have a great time travelling and will regale us with your escapades upon your return.Smile
Quote: He's certainly enjoying every bite of his meal in this fine set, Simon, all superb captures. So, off on your travels again, and this time for one whole month, what will we all do without our early morning 'Fletch Fix' SadWink Carol

I'm sure you will be able to cope Carol, AdeOsman will soon be back on site to keep you entertained

. It'll be like one clown replacing another!Grin I imagine it will be complete chaos on here when Simon returns and they are both about, it will be like "Dumb and Dumber!"Tongue

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iosatel  1 Belgium
7 Feb 2014 - 3:59 PM

The lst one is great!

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kathrynlouise e2 Member 3368 forum postskathrynlouise vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2014 - 4:28 PM

Fabulous as always Simon. Enjoy your travels GrinGrin

Kathryn

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Holmewood e2 Member 2Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
7 Feb 2014 - 10:38 PM

Great shots Simon but yucky! You will be missed when you are on your travels! Cathy

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dark_lord Critique Team 101490 forum postsdark_lord vcard England134 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2014 - 10:50 PM

Nice set, and something we'll miss. But I'm sure five weeks or so will go quickly. Five weeks ago was new year and that seems no time at all!
V3 looks like it's really struggling. V4 should go some way to satisfy the gore lovers Grin

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