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Greetings, my EPZ friends - and Thank You to all who Voted and Commented on Lunch 78 - The Red-billed Firefinch. A special Thank You, to my friend Rob, for his very generous User Award.

Yes, folks, every day that passes, brings us one closer to our return to UK and I shall indeed miss Kenya, its wildlife and people - and the sunny skies..! Never mind, there's still a month to go and I intend to utilise that to its full advantage.

Barbara asked about the Firefinch - and - "Who Lunches on him". Well, bigger birds, mostly Barbara. That's the intriguing thing about nature. Our Guides have a laugh amongst themselves when we say we want to see "something eating something - and it doesn't have to be the big cats". That's largely because the vast majority of people dream of their safari being all about a big cat chasing its prey, capturing and eating it. While I totally agree that this is extraordinarily exciting, it doesn't happen much in the daytime - and when it does, the cats success rate is not that high.

So, why not look for other things; animals or birds - "something eating something". It makes for a far more interesting safari than staring down on a big cat sleeping...! BTW, that's something else I smile about - the mini-buses, with pop-up roofs and crowds of heads poking out, taking pictures of animals backs. That's surely all they see from that angle...! If you are planning a safari, take a piece of advice and sit beside the Guide, it's the lowest seat in a vehicle and you can eyeball animals at their level.

Today's 'Lunch'
Another "Red-billed" bird today, the female African Grey Hornbill. A completely different bird and, at 20" (51cm), substantially larger than yesterday's tiny Firefinch. This bird is one of The Most Frustrating birds to photograph, never mind catching it having a spot of Lunch...!

It is found in pairs, or small family groups after breeding. It's beak is the ideal tool for prising bark from trees and winkling out grubs, caterpillars and other Bugs (really sorry about all this, CarolG...Blush ). It is very flighty and will leave a tree after it has prised away one or two pieces of bark, flying on to the next, passing several on the way. I have followed many pairs of these birds, all over the Conservancy, arriving at trees, just as they depart. On the occasions I have seen them in trees, they are deep inside, covered by branches. So frustrating..!

Today's images are the result of one bird uncharacteristically finding a bug on the ground. I do have shots of them in trees, eating, somewhere on my hard drive, amongst a total of 17,000 images taken in the past 5 months and will hunt them down for another upload...

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:3 Mar 2014 - 8:30 AM
Focal Length:700mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/640sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Lunch 79
Username:SimonFletch SimonFletch
Uploaded:27 Mar 2014 - 3:22 AM
Tags:African Grey Hornbill, Bird, Eating, Female, Lunch, Masai mara, Olara Orok Conservancy, Olare Mara Kempinski, Wildlife / nature
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prabhusinha
prabhusinha e2 Member 6prabhusinha vcard India3 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2014 - 4:20 AM

Fantastic

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kathrynlouise
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27 Mar 2014 - 4:36 AM

Wonderful captures Simon and as always a very interesting read to accompany them Grin Grin

kathryn

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bobsblues
bobsblues e2 Member 4bobsblues vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2014 - 5:28 AM

Another fab set Simon well taken shots with the bugs in its mouth which reminds me I am at the dentists this morning
Rob

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2014 - 5:34 AM

A superb set of images, Simon, though the hornbill is going to need tens of those little bugs to satisfy his hunger Smile Carol

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Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 699 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2014 - 6:40 AM

That's a big bird Simon and consequently that's an enormous bug it's eating.....wouldn't want to find one of them in my wellie.

Excellent set.

Andy

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 103999 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland24 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2014 - 6:46 AM

Sit with your beak open for a long enough and along will come lunch!! - fabulous shot sequence SmileSmile

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Caziwinkles
27 Mar 2014 - 6:58 AM

Great images as always. That reminds me - not to sit with my mouth open!! Wink

Carol

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2014 - 7:27 AM

......and life continues on
I am so aware of this in my tiny allotment in back to back South Leeds.
Every vegetable attracts a small critter
Every small critter attracts a larger critter....
.....and life continues on.......

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 32873 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom99 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2014 - 7:37 AM

Fantastic imagery Simon. So very well observed, composed and captured. Makes a great mouse rollover...

Regards Nathan Grin

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom97 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2014 - 7:53 AM

Superb documentary series showing this impressive bird really relishing that deeeeelicious bug.


Quote: I have followed many pairs of these birds, all over the Conservancy, arriving at trees, just as they depart. On the occasions I have seen them in trees, they are deep inside, covered by branches. So frustrating..!

Well how very uncooperative of them. Have they not read The Photo Mafia's rule book or The Camera Club Guide for models? Education is obviously required here.

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pentaxpatty
pentaxpatty e2 Member 1pentaxpatty vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2014 - 8:16 AM

Wonderful series V3 my favourite, thank you so much Simon for your User award and the laugh too, interesting information and super shots again.
Have a good day Patty GrinGrin

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ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2474 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2014 - 9:13 AM

Brilliant set of images Simon I particularly like V4 about to eat his Lunch SmileSmileSmile

Ali

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CaroleS
CaroleS e2 Member 429 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2014 - 9:50 AM

Well captured sequence, and that bug is not exactly small is it!! Very well captured Simon.
Carole

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2014 - 10:06 AM

Very fine series Simon. A bird I have not seen before.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ron

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dark_lord
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27 Mar 2014 - 1:39 PM

A super set.

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viscostatic
27 Mar 2014 - 4:32 PM

Graet images of this bird at lunch Simon.

Phil.

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Glostopcat
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27 Mar 2014 - 8:32 PM

A superb sequence of shots Simon, you've documented the catching and devouring of the bug remarkably well in these. Your images of African wildlife are always a real pleasure to view as you tend to concentrate on species that many others overlook. There are a wonderful range of different birds and smaller creatures on the plains that often go unnoticed but not by your eagle eyes!Wink

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JuBarney
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27 Mar 2014 - 8:54 PM

A splendid set esp. V2
Ju

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Holmewood
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27 Mar 2014 - 10:52 PM

Brilliant set Simon. Cathy

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29 Mar 2014 - 11:39 AM

wonderful set of shots

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Lynniesefforts
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30 Mar 2014 - 10:13 PM

Four beautifully timed images Simon..a very interesting looking chappy.

Lynette Grin

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