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Greetings everyone and thank you for your Votes and Comments on 'Lunch 141 - The Tomson's Gazelle'.

Please excuse my brevity today, both here and in my comments on your images. An early morning business meeting...

Today's 'Lunch'
... is the White-browed Coucal.

The White-browed Coucal (Centropus superciliosus) is a medium-sized bird, 14" (41cm), which is shy and secretive, calling from thick cover. Due to its call, many safari guides call this 'the water-bottle bird', because of its bubbling "woo-woo-woo-woo" notes, that fall, before rising with a stammer at the end.

The White-browed Coucal is often found in bushed or wooded grasslands, or lakeside thickets. It is closely related to the Cuckoo, although it is not parasitic and raises its own young, making grassy, domed nests in tall grass or thick vegitation. The Coucal is good at relationships and pairs for life. If one bird dies, the other spends days in mourning.

They are not good fliers, possibly due to their bulk, so they rarely wander from their territory. Although they appear ungainly, Coucals spend much of their time walking stealthily through vegetation, in search of food - which includes insects, as well as eggs, baby birds, reptiles and amphibians.

Have a Terrific Tuesday, 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:6 Apr 2014 - 11:53 AM
Focal Length:700mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/1250sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:1600
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Lunch 142
Username:SimonFletch SimonFletch
Uploaded:17 Jun 2014 - 5:31 AM
Tags:Bird, Eating, Kenya, Lunch, Olare Orok Conservancy, White-browed Coucal, Wildlife / nature
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bobsblues
bobsblues e2 Member 4bobsblues vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jun 2014 - 5:50 AM

Ooh ohh Simon it's got another one of Carols bugs she won't be happy, fantastic capture old boy hope the meeting goes well
Rob

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Ted447
Ted447 e2 Member 142 forum postsTed447 vcard United Kingdom
17 Jun 2014 - 6:27 AM

Fantastic image. Ted. GrinGrin

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Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 699 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jun 2014 - 6:30 AM

Excellent, another new bird for me.

Andy

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jun 2014 - 6:31 AM

Hmmmmmmm, Simon, yet another one bites the dust Sad Carol

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pentaxpatty
pentaxpatty e2 Member 1pentaxpatty vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jun 2014 - 6:34 AM

another new bird for me too Simon. Looks like he's eaten too much already.
Have a good day. Hope the meeting doesn't drag on.
Patty Smile

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ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2474 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jun 2014 - 6:38 AM

A beauty Simon hope the meeting goes well,

Ali GrinGrin

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom97 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jun 2014 - 7:04 AM

Excellent focus on that lovely ruby red eye, another handsome bird captured in mid munch.

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Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
17 Jun 2014 - 7:36 AM

Excellent Simon, this one appears a little shy,
Fred.

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jun 2014 - 7:36 AM

Looks like he is hiding whilst eating

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DicksPics
DicksPics e2 Member 3DicksPics vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jun 2014 - 7:58 AM

I think he's playing hide and seek with you, Simon - excellent work!

RichardSmile

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viscostatic
17 Jun 2014 - 8:24 AM

Great shot of this beautiful bird with a grub in its mouth Simon.

Phil.

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 103999 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland24 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jun 2014 - 8:54 AM

I don't like people watching me eat `lunch' either....GrinGrinGrin

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jun 2014 - 9:55 AM

A most interesting looking bird Simon. Well spotted.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ron

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jun 2014 - 12:17 PM

Looks a bit shy here Simon,
trying to hide while eating.
Hope your business meeting goes well.
After watching the film the Godfather,
their business meetings usually ended badly !!
Mick.

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leontari
leontari e2 Member 1leontari vcard Greece
17 Jun 2014 - 12:26 PM

An excellently spotted and captured image, Simon!!
Effrossini

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781969
781969  India
17 Jun 2014 - 2:27 PM

Beautiful capture.

Vikram

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brian17302
brian17302 e2 Member 2brian17302 vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jun 2014 - 3:27 PM

A fine capture while this bird is trying so hard to be concealed

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ukgubbi
ukgubbi e2 Member 2ukgubbi vcard India
17 Jun 2014 - 3:35 PM

Excellent shot of this beautiful bird.

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Fred263
Fred263 e2 Member 2Fred263 vcard United Kingdom
17 Jun 2014 - 6:53 PM

Superb shot, Simon. Great eye contact & detail.

Fred

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kathrynlouise
kathrynlouise e2 Member 2364 forum postskathrynlouise vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jun 2014 - 7:01 PM

Fabulous detailed capture of this beautiful bird Simon GrinGrin

Kathryn

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Holmewood
Holmewood e2 Member 1Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
17 Jun 2014 - 10:49 PM

Great shot Simon. Hope it has a mate and is not in mourning! Cathy

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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
18 Jun 2014 - 6:13 AM

Exquisite looking!
A beauty with unique features... Nice! Grin
IB

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dark_lord
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18 Jun 2014 - 8:25 PM

We can add camera shy to its character traits Smile

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