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Thank you very much for all your kind Comments (Votes, too) on 'Lunch 67 - The Egyptian Goose'. I was interested to learn that the Egyptian Goose is settling in Southern UK. They are indeed a highly coloured bird, but as Mike so aptly put it, they do make a heck of a racket when they open their beaks...!

Some of the Kenyan laws are still very draconian and a number of you were rightly incensed, to learn about women not being able to own property. Lynne made me laugh, when she said she had struck Kenya off her 'must visit' list, along with Saudi Arabia and the like, despite being unable to visit anyway...!! Kenyans are also very enterprising, with Quail Farming hitting the headlines recently. Apparently, the KWS (Kenya Wildlife Society) have been receiving 200 applications a day for a number of months - resulting in thousands of people wanting to get in on the act. The outcome has been that the previous high price for this tiny bird and its tiny eggs has plummeted. Prices fetched in the very small marketplace have more than halved and those that bought day-old chicks a month ago now face a loss on their investment.

Today's 'Lunch'
The Speckled Pigeon, or African Rock Pigeon is a common bird, found south of the Sahara. The male grows up to 16" (41cm) in length, so fairly large for a Pigeon. Like most Pigeons, they feed on seeds and grain and are often seen in pairs, although large flocks of several hundred are not uncommon.

Have a Thundering Good Thursday, 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 - 4:11 PM
Focal Length:700mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/7.1
Shutter Speed:1/1000sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:160
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Lunch 68
Username:SimonFletch SimonFletch
Uploaded:13 Feb 2014 - 1:17 AM
Tags:African Rock Pigeon, Bird, Eating, Lunch, Nairobi National Park, Speckled pigeon, Wildlife / nature
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debu
debu  4 India
13 Feb 2014 - 1:34 AM

Lovely detailed image.
debu

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 43667 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom107 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2014 - 2:35 AM

Confucius say: If a man takes no thought about what is distant, he will find sorrow near at hand.

Wise words...

Regards NathanGrinGrinGrin

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nonur
nonur e2 Member 6nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2014 - 4:24 AM

Nice focus work, a great image of a great pigeon, Simon.

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handlerstudio
handlerstudio e2 Member 2handlerstudio vcard United States7 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2014 - 5:15 AM

Not a very dramatic eater, Simon, but a dramatic looking bird.

Your quail story reminds me a little of the tulips in the Netherlands a few centuries ago and the first known bubble (and the inevitable burst bubble) with many people totally losing their shirts when it burst.

Peter

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Fred263
Fred263 e2 Member 2Fred263 vcard United Kingdom
13 Feb 2014 - 5:37 AM

Superb image, Simon. Great deal. Beautiful eye make up.GrinGrin

Fred

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Lynniesefforts
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13 Feb 2014 - 5:44 AM

Another wonderful bird Simon, lovely detailed shot.

Lynette Grin

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781969
781969  1 India
13 Feb 2014 - 6:13 AM

crisp detail of image,fantastic capture.

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Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 6106 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2014 - 6:40 AM

Nicely done Simon, another top shot.

Andy

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8146 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2014 - 6:42 AM

A very nicely marked pigeon, Simon, well captured. Carol

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom99 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2014 - 7:18 AM

A beautifully detailed image of this potentially substantial and tasty meal that would have the benefit of providing pretty material for the millinery trade. I'm surprised that they don't farm these guys - much more meat!

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Mike_Young
Mike_Young e2 Member 8Mike_Young vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2014 - 7:20 AM

Excellent shot of this lovely bird Simon, I have a fondness for pigeons, I think they are graceful birds.

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viscostatic
13 Feb 2014 - 8:31 AM

Beautiful light and colour in this image Simon. I was aware your home was in the distant hills in my Nairn image. The weather continues to be remarkably mild and dry in the north of Scotland although it is raining this morning. Although there isn't much snow visible on the mountains around Inverness it seems there is plenty for skiing higher up - if the access roads aren't blocked and the wind allows the tows to operate.

Phil.

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104246 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2014 - 9:47 AM

just off the `red-eye' WinkBlushBlush

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pentaxpatty
pentaxpatty e2 Member 1pentaxpatty vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2014 - 1:29 PM

Great looking bird with his red eye, interesting info again Simon, I love to read about your life in Kenya GrinGrin

Best wishes Patty

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kathrynlouise
13 Feb 2014 - 2:14 PM

A wonderful capture Simon GrinGrin

Kathryn

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DicksPics
DicksPics e2 Member 3DicksPics vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2014 - 3:16 PM

A beautiful bird beautifully captured, Simon.

Richard

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 8Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2014 - 4:27 PM

Excellent capture of this lovely bird Simon. Top shot.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ron

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8246 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2014 - 5:10 PM

A fine shot of this handsome bird Simon, the details and colours in the plumage have been superbly recorded

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ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2527 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2014 - 7:15 PM

Well captured Simon, it's quite a pretty bird,

Ali GrinGrin

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2014 - 7:31 PM

Great shot and good details in feathers
Lillian

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dark_lord Critique Team 101505 forum postsdark_lord vcard England145 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2014 - 8:14 PM

I think Lynne has it spot on there. A pigeon farm, and she can run it alongside your lion enterprise. But don't let the cat amongst the pigeons Grin
Well, it's nearly the weekend Smile
Keith

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Holmewood e2 Member 2Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
13 Feb 2014 - 9:16 PM

Lovely shot Simon. Think he over did it with the eye liner! Cathy

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14 Feb 2014 - 1:44 AM

Great eyes and nice color on plumage. Very pretty.

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