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Thank you for all your Votes and Comments on 'Lunch 98 - Suckling Elephant'. Really pleased to get so many "aaah's" Smile Sorry, Ronnie, to have put you off your Alpen, on reading about the baby Ele's transition from milk to veg diet, via its Mum's dung (that'll teach you not to fiddle with your mobile at the table..!!!).

I don't know why you should be so surprised to learn that a mother Elephant's teats are under their armpits, Barbara. That's where most of the girls I know, keep theirs...Blush Annette dubbed the Ele's as "Kenyan Lawn Mowers"; so apt. But the thing that's often fascinated me is that these huge beasts are constantly on the move, never staying in an area to polish off what's in front of them. They will even move from an area of lush vegetation into a barren one. Then their tempers flare and anything in their way gets knocked over, including trees.

Why would one area be barren and another full of lush grassland? You may think immediately of water supply and partially, you would be correct. But it's a fascinating fact that even in a small area like Nairobi's National Park, there are over 100 different grass species and two distinctly different soil types. Given those two factors, the variables multiply. One species of grass is known as the Boring Grass - take a ripe seed and place it on your arm - add some spit (or water) - and the seed stands on end and attempts to bore its way into your arm. Obviously, the same happens when the seed is on the ground and it rains...

Today's 'Lunch'
The Impala - or my nickname for this very graceful Antelope - "McDonalds" (can you guess why?). They are a favourite food of all the big cats, although they can run nearly as fast as a Cheetah. They are able to twist and turn very quickly, even at high speed. They also jump during a run, thrusting out their hind hooves, kicking out at their pursuer. Many chases by the big cats are thwarted by these cunning beasts.

They stand at 3' (90cm) to the shoulder and weigh 40 - 50kg, the males weighing more. Only the males carry the long lyrate horns. Herds are either made up of batchelors or a single male with a harem of between 12 - 300 females. During the breeding season (timed to coincide with the rains), the male alternates mating with fighting off members of the batchelor herd. Like most stags, they give off growls, roars and snorts and the sounds carry for up to 2 km.

The Impala usually keeps its head to the ground when feeding and I had resigned myself to uploading one such image for the Lunch series. One the occasion of V1, I had attempted an impersonation of a male Lion, to catch its attention, mid-mouthfull. I am unsure whether it was my impersonation, or Bobby's peels of laughter, which worked...

No. 100 of Lunch tomorrow. I'll do my best to find something suitably bloody, to celebrate.

Have a Slovenly Sunday, everyone ...!

Simon

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkIII
Lens:EF300mm f/2.8L IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:27 Dec 2013 - 7:20 AM
Focal Length:300mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/500sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Lunch 99
Username:SimonFletch SimonFletch
Uploaded:4 May 2014 - 7:11 AM
Tags:Eating, Impala, Kenya, Lunch, Mcdonalds, Nairobi National Park, Wildlife / nature
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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8147 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
4 May 2014 - 7:19 AM

Has to be V.2 for me today, Simon, a wonderful capture. Carol

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 43684 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom107 Constructive Critique Points
4 May 2014 - 7:23 AM

I'm with Carol on this one, image two for me also please Simon. "Superb photography as always"

Regards NathanGrinGrinGrin

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bobsblues
bobsblues  4 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
4 May 2014 - 7:33 AM

Good morning Simon thank you for your UA on my woodpecker upload yesterday much appreciated .
Two good images today although they do look a little bright on my old moniter Blush
Take care old chap Wink
Rob

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SimonFletch
SimonFletch e2 Member 1SimonFletch vcard Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
4 May 2014 - 7:54 AM

Are the images over-bright on anyone else's monitor?
I calibrated my home monitor on my return home...

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom99 Constructive Critique Points
4 May 2014 - 8:02 AM

In V1 he is obviously laughing too, in V2 he is giving his opinion of your lion impersonation. In both you have captured a very handsome male beautifully in unforgiving light.

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Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
4 May 2014 - 8:20 AM

They are bright on my monitor Simon but two fine captures,
Fred.

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DicksPics
DicksPics e2 Member 3DicksPics vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
4 May 2014 - 9:33 AM

Two excellent shots, Simon - they are a little bright on my monitor!

Richard

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
4 May 2014 - 11:09 AM

It's so funny how Boring Grass doesn't sound boring in the least! In fact it's the most fascinating grass I've heard of. Amazing.


Quote: ...these huge beasts are constantly on the move, never staying in an area to polish off what's in front of them.

They might be suffering from the "grass is always greener" syndrome.

Very interesting info as always, Simon, and two excellent shots of this impala...especially the view of McButt in V2 Grin

Andrew

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brian17302
brian17302 e2 Member 2brian17302 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
4 May 2014 - 11:14 AM

2 Super wildlife images Smile

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104250 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
4 May 2014 - 1:33 PM

I would recognise that rear end anywhere GrinGrin

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ukgubbi
ukgubbi e2 Member 3ukgubbi vcard India
4 May 2014 - 1:54 PM

V2 looks bit overexposed on my monitor. Love both the images.

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 8Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
4 May 2014 - 2:52 PM

Lovely shots Simon. V2 looks like a very positive statement.!!!!GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ron

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
4 May 2014 - 2:56 PM

V 2 just looks so good to me

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ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2527 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
4 May 2014 - 5:25 PM

First class images Simon,

Ali Smile

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Mike_Smith
Mike_Smith e2 Member 7212 forum postsMike_Smith vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
4 May 2014 - 6:16 PM

Two cracking shots Simon

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Fred263
Fred263 e2 Member 2Fred263 vcard United Kingdom
4 May 2014 - 8:17 PM

Two stunning images, Simon. Like the rear end view for s.Sunday.

Fred

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kathrynlouise

V1 made me smile Simon, looks like it's laughing at you, with you! V2 is my favourite, that is a stunning image. Perfect GrinGrin

Kathryn

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GeorgePlatis
GeorgePlatis e2 Member 1GeorgePlatis vcard Greece1 Constructive Critique Points
4 May 2014 - 10:22 PM

Superb captures, Simon!
George

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Holmewood
Holmewood e2 Member 2Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
4 May 2014 - 10:52 PM

Two lovely shots Simon and loved the write up as per normal. Cathy

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781969
781969  1 India
5 May 2014 - 4:02 AM

Very close encounter,beautiful.

vikram

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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 4Chinga vcard United Kingdom
5 May 2014 - 6:27 AM

We have arrived at 30th! Grin
Such a graceful animal... I particulary like the rear view of V2!
IB

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8247 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2014 - 6:47 PM

Two cracking shots of this elegant antelope Simon, v2 made me smile, he's obviously none too impressed with your lion impression!WinkGrin

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3188 forum postsannettep38 vcard France32 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2014 - 7:25 PM

Really impressed with your description and I have found out once and for all why fast food is named Macdonald's! I haven't been there for about 35 years so I can't recall whether it kicked or not, but it was certainly bouncing back.
Enough rambled, a very juicy back side for sure!

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gajewski e2 Member 10gajewski vcard United States9 Constructive Critique Points
8 May 2014 - 8:04 PM

Wonderful wildlife shots.
-=\Walter

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dark_lord Critique Team 101507 forum postsdark_lord vcard England145 Constructive Critique Points
9 May 2014 - 8:21 PM

But the impala is a goodquality meat. I prefer to call 'fast food esatblishments' as junk food outlets'. Welcome back to the UK Smile

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viscostatic
20 May 2014 - 7:28 PM

Almost as attractive from the rear as the front with those beautiful markings. Amazing horns.

Phil.

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