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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 !! Wink

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 Wink 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 !!

Today's 'Lunch'
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" Grin

I hope you have a truly Wonderful Day.

Simon
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 Sad
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' Smile

Brand:Canon
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
Focal Length:700mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/1250sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:4000
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Partial
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Lunch 43
Username:SimonFletch SimonFletch
Uploaded:15 Jan 2014 - 3:11 AM
Tags:Bread, Eating, Lunch, Nairobi, Olive Thrush, Wildlife / nature
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nonur
nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2014 - 3:45 AM

Caught in the act, what an image! Super timing and it is so charming, Simon.

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handlerstudio
handlerstudio e2 Member 2handlerstudio vcard United States5 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2014 - 4:00 AM

Well, excuse me for missing lunch yesterday,Simon. Your weaver bird sounds different than the Peruvian one I heard. Talking about interesting and unusual bird called, here is a link to the Lyre Bird, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjE0Kdfos4Y I do not think any bird can top these.

Wonderful lunch shot here Simon.

Peter

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Jocelia
Jocelia e2 Member 3Jocelia vcard Australia1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2014 - 4:41 AM

A lovely looking bird especially V2 with the angry look on his/her face.
Sorry but they shouldn’t be eating bread though because of the yeast in it.
It gives them ‘Botulism’…...WinkWinkWink

Last Modified By Jocelia at 15 Jan 2014 - 4:41 AM

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ukgubbi
ukgubbi e2 Member 2ukgubbi vcard India
15 Jan 2014 - 4:48 AM

Fantastic image. It looks little obese, with so much of food infront of it! tempting., I am concerned about its health.

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781969
781969  1 India
15 Jan 2014 - 5:10 AM

beautiful variants well captured.

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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
15 Jan 2014 - 6:14 AM

I'm attracted to the amazing originality of the images.
V1 - He has got a mouthfull! Well timed.
V2 - What a cheeky look! Grin
Beautiful captures... IB

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Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 6101 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2014 - 6:31 AM

Excellent as usual Simon, what a greedy bird. I too have been told that white bread is not good for birds although a little brown or wholemeal is ok according to the RSPB.

Andy

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bobsblues
bobsblues e2 Member 4bobsblues vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2014 - 6:45 AM

A bird with attitude in V2 Simon great captures old chap Smile
Sad news about Nathan going into residential careSad
Rob

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece17 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2014 - 6:56 AM

Love the look on his face in V.1, Simon, total surprise, and disgust at having been photographed whilst he was eating Smile I suggest you grow a patch of sunflowers this year, for you to enjoy whilst they are in flower, and the birds will adore the seeds. Carol

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104023 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2014 - 7:02 AM

Greedy little beggar GrinGrin

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Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
15 Jan 2014 - 7:34 AM

V1 for me Simon, fine image,
Fred.

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2014 - 7:40 AM

Great expression in both....
Heh man.....food is food
They wouldn't eat it if they didn't want to

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Fred263
Fred263 e2 Member 2Fred263 vcard United Kingdom
15 Jan 2014 - 7:41 AM

Stunning images, Simon. Amusing narrative too, as always.
Fred

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viscostatic
15 Jan 2014 - 8:25 AM

Yes Simon these do look like birds with attitude, especially in V2.

Phil.

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sparrowhawk
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15 Jan 2014 - 9:29 AM

superb ! shot love v2 looks like a morning workout

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2014 - 9:45 AM

Very well timed shot at V 1, mouth/beak full with crumbs flying everywhere: and what a look to camera in V 2.
Bird photography with a difference and such pleasure to view.
R.

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2014 - 10:31 AM

Like the captured look of disgust in V2 Simon
but it has to be V1 for today's selection on eating
Lillian

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mikbee
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15 Jan 2014 - 11:37 AM

You still see plenty folk throwing bread to the birds Simon.
I think most feel it is all they eat !!
Like the grumpy one in V2.
I think he would prefer a bit of cheese on his !!
Mick.

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AlexAppleby
15 Jan 2014 - 11:49 AM

Beautiful bird,and a good shot of it - you are so lucky to have these visitors to your table!

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15 Jan 2014 - 12:35 PM

Great capture,

Ali Smile

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pentaxpatty
pentaxpatty e2 Member 1pentaxpatty vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2014 - 1:51 PM

More wonderful bird shots Simon, I have put out seeds and some brown bread crumbs also a bit of bacon fat for the birds in my garden, just wish I could capture some photos like this. I am afraid I havent much patience to sit and wait for them lovely shot might have to give you another small slice of cake for an award.Grin

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briantjjones
15 Jan 2014 - 3:41 PM

Two great images Simon, both well captured.
Brian J.

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15 Jan 2014 - 5:52 PM

Excellent timing in these fine captures, Simon!
Regards,
George

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15 Jan 2014 - 7:09 PM

Two excellent shots of this hanndsome thrush Simon, he looks very much like a hen blackbird. I like the indignant pose in v2. Fancy you not knowing that too much bread is bad for birds, and you are meant to be a naturalist as well!Blush

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15 Jan 2014 - 7:10 PM

Really firing off the winners now Simon. Super shots.GrinGrinGrinGrin
Ron

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15 Jan 2014 - 7:14 PM

V1 is so well timed.
It does very closely resemble our blackbird, and from your description of its territorial nature that is yet another similarity.
Keith

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15 Jan 2014 - 8:02 PM

Two great shots Simon. Love the look in V2. Cathy

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annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France32 Constructive Critique Points
6 May 2014 - 4:24 PM

He is every bit as messy as Chris' granddaughter Smile
great series.

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