My sincere Thanks to all who Commented (and Voted) on 'Lunch 65 - The African Spoonbill', I am delighted you liked him so much..!
Lynne referred to my narrative, regarding 'peer-pressure' in Kenya and asked if it's "because the Kenyans are not subjected to the media that creates expectations in the first place?" Kenyans are as well, if not better, informed by all manner of media as any in developed countries. As well as all the media we have, they also talk to one another in the streets and at rallys, spreading information in a way unknown in 'our world'. Nairobi, its capital, is only one hundred years old and grows at a faster pace than you can imagine (without a proper water supply..!). Kenya has been independent for only fifty years - the first President's wife, Mama Ngina Kenyatta is one of the richest people in the world. Her son, the current President, Uhuru Kenyatta, is awaiting trial at the ICC (International Criminal Court), regarding the violence following the 2007/8 elections. Kenya is still a moving platform of violence and corruption, but there is always a politician promising hope... No different then, to many developed countries..?!
Several of you were fascinated by the way Spoonbills sit down and roost. Marabou Storks do much the same and are often found in close-by colonies. The image of the Spoonbill preening its rear end seemed to fascinate and Ed said it reminded him of Rod Stewart - must be the hairstyle?! Andy has seen one 'lodge at a local pond' and I had no idea they visited the UK. May have been visiting one of Rod Stewart's concerts, Andy? Jeff cracks me up with his one-liners..."Just how I had my porridge this morning" - I can even imagine it, with a dollop of strawberry jam on his nose...!
I know, before I start, that this one will not be popular with those who are not fond of Monkeys, but we watched a wildlife program on TV last night, concerning the Olive Baboon, which was both enthralling and sad (so I had to give these images an airing). A Mother Olive Baboon was nursing a sick youngster and would not involve herself with other Mums, due to the 'disgrace' of not having a fit new member for the troupe. The youngster died, but the mother carried it around, under her body, for three months, so as not to lose face.... Kleenex, please...
Feeding on fruit from bushes in Nairobi National Park, I liked the way they used their dexterous fingers, to carefully prise their meal from between thorns. If you look closely at V1, a seed has been spat out...!
Have a Tremendous 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 - 3:03 PM|
|Lens Max Aperture:||f/5.7|
|Flash:||Off, Did not fire|