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You are an entertaining bunch of people and had me in stitches on reading your comments on Lunch 41 - The Vervet Monkey. I found out for the first time that there are folk who don't like Monkeys - and that reminded me of a conversation I had with Edu (our driver), a while back, on Racism. He had asked if there was racism in UK and cited football matches, where black players had been subjected to it. I if he had ever suffered this problem and he said 'yes, they called me a monkey'. I asked him what his reaction had been. Edu, who is 26, going on 40, replied, with the huge smile that lights up his face, "I said, thank you, Monkeys are very intelligent & they are my cousins", which brought a huge laugh from me; it's so typical of him. On the occasion of taking the images of the Vervet Monkey, many came out slightly blurred, because, right on cue, he said in a very deep, serious tone "they are the chosen ones". That fellow really cracks me up at times !!

That Peter really started you all off, he's got some disgusting habits, spitting watermelon pips into used pie tins !! And Richard & Mick are no help, aiding and abetting is just as serious a crime, you know. You will note from the V2 image that our Monkey is not just an 'intelligent cousin', but also a gentleman - he is carefully blowing the seed into a cupped hand, for later disposal into a suitable receptacle.... I usually chuck mine on the ground, behind me...

Peter asked, now for the third time, about an image of me, eating "in his natural habitat---whatever he eats". Peter, you must have missed me having a liquid lunch, in Lunch 23 - the now infamous Madafu (oh God, that Ed will be onto that one, all over again). Of course, I had Lunch with Nathan - Benta's buttery melt-in-the-mouth chapatis & ground beef - yesterday, she cooked chicken & rice, with a sauce to die for !! Of course, if you really want to see me eat, pop over from your frozen Philadelphia, thaw out in some Sun - and take me out to The Carnivore, where we can eat everything from Antelope to Zebra !! Do that, and I'll let you have the photography rights Wink

At least Lynette said she is a Monkey fan. Yes, Lynette, Last Train to Clarksville was okay, but I thought they were a bit 'samey' after that Wink

Today's 'Lunch'
It's another Weaver Bird - the Speckle-fronted Weaver. Unlike other Weavers, this one has an extension to the entrance, of his nest-within-a-nest - and it's on the front, rather than underneath. He scrabbles around on the ground and gathers tiny insects by clasping an insect-laden blade of grass in his beak and wiping along the length of the grass. The other two images are just to show his plumage.

Have a Great Day.

Simon

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
Lens:EF500mm f/4L IS II USM +1.4x
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:27 Dec 2013 - 11:42 AM
Focal Length:700mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/300sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:On, Fired
White Balance:Auto
Title:Lunch 42
Username:SimonFletch SimonFletch
Uploaded:14 Jan 2014 - 2:39 AM
Tags:Bird, Kenya, Lunch, Nairobi National Park, Speckle-fronted Weaver, Weaver bird, Wildlife / nature
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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland110 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jan 2014 - 3:07 AM

Three fine shots of this wee bird in a very natural setting, with V 2 still my favourite despite the blade of grass across it's chest........sometimes one just to accept such.
R.

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nonur
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14 Jan 2014 - 3:40 AM

Exceptionally beautiful shots, Simon. I love their clarity and detail as well as the way they are framed.

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781969
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14 Jan 2014 - 3:42 AM

Superb closeup in action.

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ukgubbi
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14 Jan 2014 - 4:47 AM

Small , cute lunch. Love the simple composition here.

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bobsblues
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14 Jan 2014 - 5:05 AM

Good captures Simon of this little bird in its habitat Smile
Rob

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Lynniesefforts
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14 Jan 2014 - 5:16 AM

Beautiful markings and lovely detail in this set Simon...V2 for me today..

Lynette Grin

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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
14 Jan 2014 - 5:32 AM

Wonderful captures Simon,
great clarity and details on the plummage and in each take we get to see those stunning marks on the head!
Good work...
IB

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jan 2014 - 6:23 AM

A beautiful little bird, Simon, wonderful markings in his plumage, super captures, and so much kinder on the eye than the monkey Wink Carol

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

Excellent shots Simon and another wonderful write up. Cheers mate.

Andy

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 103999 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland24 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jan 2014 - 6:53 AM

fab set...V2 is my favourite Smile

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Fred263
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14 Jan 2014 - 7:00 AM

Stunning set of images, Simon. Wow! V2 is my favourite.
Fred

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Mike_Young
14 Jan 2014 - 7:03 AM

Three great shots of this lovely little bird Simon

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

Isnt he a pretty little bird
Fab.details
Just read your erif details....Impressive gear

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viscostatic
14 Jan 2014 - 7:44 AM

A beautiful little bird Simon. Amazing how they have different ways of finding food.

Phil.

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kathrynlouise
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14 Jan 2014 - 8:03 AM

Wonderful captures Simon. I love V2 GrinGrin

Kathryn

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Badgerfred
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14 Jan 2014 - 8:37 AM

Excellent images Simon,
Fred.

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barbarahirst
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14 Jan 2014 - 8:47 AM


Quote: Isnt he a pretty little bird
Fab.details
Just read your erif details....Impressive gear

exif even .....

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14 Jan 2014 - 9:09 AM

I do like your short stories, Simon!SmileSmile
Three superb, well detailed images, by the way!!

Richard

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14 Jan 2014 - 11:12 AM

3 cracking images Simon.

Ali SmileSmile

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handlerstudio
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14 Jan 2014 - 12:30 PM

Lovely photos, Simon, of these birds.....but where's the lunch? An aside.....some years ago, traveling in the rainforest in Peru! we ran across weaver birds.....and they had the most extraordinary bird calls. I can describe it only as sounding like water running over rocks. How about these? Do they build woven nests?

Peter

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14 Jan 2014 - 5:26 PM

Super detailed shots of this very pretty bird.
Ju

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GeorgePlatis
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14 Jan 2014 - 5:44 PM

Excellent captures in great detail and beautiful colours, Simon!
Regards,
George

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14 Jan 2014 - 6:25 PM

Three terrific images of this lovely little bird, love the pose in v1

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14 Jan 2014 - 6:26 PM

Now this is really a wonderful photo. deserves an award. I will make you a cake one Grin Patty

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14 Jan 2014 - 8:01 PM

Beautiful little bird Simon. Such wonderful plumage colours. Never seen one before. GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
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14 Jan 2014 - 8:04 PM

Lovely little bird Simon
and V3 looks like it's been to the 'feather dresser'Wink
all ready and spruced up waiting for more lunch
Lillian

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14 Jan 2014 - 8:26 PM


Quote: but where's the lunch?

My thoughts too, but don't tell Simon, he's still got the lions to feed Wink

Lovely captures, I do like the pose on V1 Smile

Keith

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14 Jan 2014 - 8:59 PM

Lovely shots Simon. An amazing bird and Edu sounds a lovely man. Cathy

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15 Jan 2014 - 4:46 AM

A delightful little feathered friend with lovely motled markings.
V2 is my favourite……...WinkWinkWink

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eagle1955
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15 Jan 2014 - 7:06 PM

I simon love this like the look on the little birds face so cute voted

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