First and foremost, my most sincere Thanks to both Patricia (PentaxPatty) and Ron (Maiwand) for giving Lunch 42 - The Speckle-fronted Weaver their User Awards. Thank you all for your (very sober-minded) comments, too - not a rude one in there, for me to get my teeth into today !! A couple of you do need to go to SpecSavers (Optometrists in UK), though - the little fellow had tiny insects on its beak, having wiped the blade of grass clean. Where's the Lunch, indeed !!
Peter was the one with the questions about Weavers. There are over 100 different species of Weaver Birds and their sounds do vary, but I found a short clip on the internet for you. And yes, they are named 'weavers' because of the fact that they weave an unusual nest within a nest - I described it in Lunch 12.
CarolG much preferred the Weaver to my previous upload. Carol, I promise not to show any more Monkeys, if you promise not to frighten the bejeebers out of me, with those hairy, multi-eyed, multi-legged Bugs Cathy seems a little smitten by Edu, our driver - he is very handsome, Cathy, but unfortunately, engaged to an American girl (he's another one who likes white meat !!). He gave me another giggle the other day. Swahili, like many languages, relies on the odd English word to get it through the day. He was on his mobile, giving a friend directions to a venue, in Swahili - translated, it came out as "go down Kimathi street and turn right at the keepleft". I know a reasonable amount of the language, but could not translate the keepleft part. He explained that it was a roundabout - it has a sign on it saying Keep Left. All Kenyans therefore think that's the name of a roundabout !!
Another visitor to our balcony, is an Olive Thrush. There are two of them, a pair and they 'rule the roost', chasing off most birds, except surprisingly the Baglafect Weavers (Lunch 12 & Lunch 37). They arrive at the 'table' from nowhere, skidding on the highly polished tile, scattering bread and birds everywhere - hilarious !! I included V2 because he looks comical - as if he is waving his wing at the other birds and saying "get outta the way, this is my photoshoot"
I hope you have a truly Wonderful Day.
PS We do put out more than just bread - in fact all manner of things - but there's no wild bird seed to be had in Nairobi
PPS Thanks for the 'heads-up', Jocelia (comment below), all bread has been removed now - I have read up on alternatives and frozen peas (defrosted), veg peelings & trimmings and grapes are immediately on the 'menu'
|Camera:||Canon EOS-1D Mark IV |
|Lens:||EF500mm f/4L IS II USM +1.4x |
|Recording media:||RAW (digital)|
|Date Taken:||20 Dec 2013 - 7:59 AM|
|Lens Max Aperture:||f/5.7|
|Exposure Mode:||Shutter speed priority AE|
|Flash:||Off, Did not fire|