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My sincere thanks to all who Commented and Voted on 'Lunch 68 - The Speckled Pigeon', with its over-applied red eye shadow being a favourite topic of conversation. They look like little avian boxers to me...!

Lynne went on a different tack and eyed up our Pigeon's bountifully meaty body. She thought farming them would be a good idea (and would make use of its feathers for hats, too...!). You could most probably get a few bob for the guano, as well, Lynne - it's amazing how much comes out of these birds; have you seen the state that Trafalgar Square is in, recently?! A cautionary word came from Keith, reminding me that I already have a project here in Kenya, namely the Lion's Stadium. Lynne opening up alongside that one, could result in letting the cat amongst the pigeons...!!

Peter referred to my tale about the Quails and their eggs and told about the Tulip trade in the Netherland being one of the first financial 'bubbles' to burst. Nathan came over all philosophical on us and quoted Confucius: If a man takes no thought about what is distant, he will find sorrow near at hand. Very good, mate, the only one of his I can ever remember is Girls who lie on bedsprings, get offsprings Blush

Phil, my 'neighbour' in Scotland, gave me a useful weather update, after I made a comment on his beautiful image of Nairn Beach. Gratefully received, Phil, especially since I have just lost the signal from my Solar Panels. Modern technology, Pah..!

Today's 'Lunch'
The final in the series of The Black-shouldered Kite, sees the hairs on the back of his neck standing up. He had spotted his nemisis, The Black Kite, circling above him. Taking a last tug at the depleted carcus of the baby Monkey, he is then shown with his tongue hanging out - Yuk..! Finally, flying from its perch, with a backward glance it drops its prey, as if saying to the Black Kite "You're welcome to the rest"..!

No upload from me tomorrow, it's Game Park Day...Grin

Have a Fantastic Friday, 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:18 Jan 2014 - 7:51 AM
Focal Length:700mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/8.0
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 69
Username:SimonFletch SimonFletch
Uploaded:14 Feb 2014 - 2:54 AM
Tags:African Black-shouldered Kite, Eating, Lunch, Monkey, Wildlife / nature
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ukgubbi
ukgubbi e2 Member 2ukgubbi vcard India
14 Feb 2014 - 3:29 AM

Great shot. V2 my fav.

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781969
781969  1 India
14 Feb 2014 - 3:53 AM

Simon,your capture always inspire me to do better,superb captures.

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handlerstudio
handlerstudio e2 Member 2handlerstudio vcard United States5 Constructive Critique Points
14 Feb 2014 - 4:10 AM

These are wonderful photos, Simon. One of the things, looking at your whole long series is the incredible patience you display to get these images. They are not just sitting there waiting for you. I am full of admiration.

Peter

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Fred263
Fred263 e2 Member 2Fred263 vcard United Kingdom
14 Feb 2014 - 4:26 AM

Stunning set of images, Simon.

Fred

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nonur
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14 Feb 2014 - 5:37 AM

An another super set, Simon, and what an eye!

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Lynniesefforts
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14 Feb 2014 - 5:42 AM

Another great set Simon. I have to say I am not sorry to see the last of this poor monkey!Blush

Lynette Grin

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
14 Feb 2014 - 6:37 AM

Another of those dreaded creatures bites the dust, Simon Wink Another superb set of lunch images. Carol

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Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 699 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
14 Feb 2014 - 6:44 AM

Gory, gruesome and great. And the images are pretty good too.

Andy

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
14 Feb 2014 - 7:44 AM

Four excellent shots featuring this handsome predator. The backward glance in V4 could be entitled 'Respecting The Pecking Order.'

Never thought of the guano potential of your Speckled Pigeon, but it makes farming this beastie an even better prospect! I will do the culinary and millinery, you can deal with the ........!

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pentaxpatty
pentaxpatty e2 Member 1pentaxpatty vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
14 Feb 2014 - 8:14 AM

Another wonderful series Simon, V1 V4 are my favourites, have a good day, and enjoy the weekend.

PattyGrinGrinGrin

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viscostatic
14 Feb 2014 - 9:03 AM

It's that amazing red eye again Simon. A great set of monkey consumption.

Phil.

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ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2474 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
14 Feb 2014 - 9:09 AM

Wonderful images Simon,

Ali GrinGrin

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104009 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
14 Feb 2014 - 9:25 AM

V4 .... GrinGrinGrinGrin

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richmowil
richmowil e2 Member 5241 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
14 Feb 2014 - 10:14 AM

Great set of images Simon, V1 and V3 for me!!

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DicksPics
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14 Feb 2014 - 10:56 AM

Another superb meal time set, Simon!

Richard

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
14 Feb 2014 - 11:17 AM

It's that eye again...very captivating
good set again Simon
Lillian

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JuBarney
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14 Feb 2014 - 12:27 PM

A splendid set esp. V1.
Ju

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8232 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
14 Feb 2014 - 12:35 PM

A terrific set of natural history images Simon, that red eye is amazing. "The backward glance in V4 could be entitled 'Respecting The Pecking Order.' " Something you could do well to heed, you don't want to be upsetting LJ, it could be like the tale of the blackshouldered kite and the black kite, with you cast in the role of the blackshouldered kite of course!!!WinkGrinTongue

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mikbee
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14 Feb 2014 - 2:48 PM

Love the beady eye Simon !!
A well detailed and coloured set.
Mick.

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trevrob
trevrob e2 Member 1trevrob vcard United Kingdom
14 Feb 2014 - 4:44 PM

stunning set great looking bird

Trev

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dark_lord
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14 Feb 2014 - 9:02 PM

Looks like he's clocked you in V4.
Have a good day tomorrow.
Keith

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15 Feb 2014 - 6:56 AM

Fantastic photography Simon.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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15 Feb 2014 - 8:41 PM

Brilliant capturesGrin
Ryan

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jaktis
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16 Feb 2014 - 6:44 AM

Another great set of images

Peter

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kathrynlouise
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16 Feb 2014 - 4:01 PM

Fabulous as always Simon GrinGrin

Kathryn

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Holmewood
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16 Feb 2014 - 10:22 PM

Great shots Simon. Cathy

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AlexAppleby
18 Feb 2014 - 9:12 PM

Another great set of shots of this wonderful bird. They have all been excellent.
Just saw a comment from glostopcat on one of his postings that you have not been well. I do hope that you are feeling better soon and that you will be back posting on here again before too long. In the meantime happy travels.

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leontari
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20 Feb 2014 - 10:43 AM

Fantastic set of images Simon, but V4 is really outstanding.
Effrossini

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