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Good Day to all my EPZ friends and thank you for your Votes and generous Comments on 'Lunch 110 - The Black-winged Stilt'. Special 'thank you's' to both Patty and John, for their cherished User Awards, for which I am most grateful.

The Black-winged Stilt is rather aptly named, because it does rather look like it's walking on Stilts..! A number of you commented on the word Thong, with Carol decrying the "'next to nothing' pieces of apparel that some ladies like to wear" - it's not just the ladies, Carol, I passed by a building site the other day...Blush Jeff and his 'infamous' one liners said "I rarely go wading without my wellies and as to wearing a thong, it wouldn't be a pretty sight" - you aren't supposed to wear them over your trousers, Jeff Blush An Mick's thoughts were presumably in heaven over "thongs and long pink and red legs" Nothing wrong with dreaming, Mick, just don't let the false teeth chatter GrinGrinGrin

I'm looking forward to seeing Lynne's image of a Black-winged Stint with a crustacean in its beak. That'll make a grand Lunch shot. But for me, despite patiently waiting, not a head was raised. Yours must have been looking out for the Flamingoes, too, Lynne Wink

Today's 'Lunch'
No doubt everyone has seen the images before getting thus far? How many are thinking "that Rhino's not eating Lunch"? Well, you absolutely right, because today's offering is of the Red Billed Oxpeckers, sitting on the Rhino, eating the earwax, bugs, ticks and insects from this huge mammal. Their diet also includes dead skin, mucus, saliva, sweat, and tears. It may even be collecting loose hairs, to line its nest in a hole in a tree somewhere.

But its preferred food is actually the blood of mammals and they will peck away at sores, keeping them open, for parasites to grow. So they actually prolong the healing period of wounds. They will also eat up to 100 blood-engorged ticks, or more than 12,000 larvae in a day.

Are these birds - or vampires?!

Have a Frizzling 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:12 Apr 2014 - 5:23 PM
Focal Length:700mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/800sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:125
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Lunch 111
Username:SimonFletch SimonFletch
Uploaded:16 May 2014 - 6:22 AM
Tags:Bird, Black rhino, Eating, Lunch, Nairobi National Park, Red-billed Oxpecker, Rhino, Vampire, Wildlife / nature
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Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 699 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
16 May 2014 - 6:27 AM

Superb shots Simon and as usual a mirth making write up. A smile a day keeps the doctor away.... or something like that.

Andy

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
16 May 2014 - 6:36 AM

The diet of the cute litte oxpeckers has just put me right off my breakfast, Simon, thanks for that Wink. Superb captures. Carol

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ade123
ade123 e2 Member 1163 forum postsade123 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
16 May 2014 - 6:39 AM

Brilliant images Simon
Ade

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pentaxpatty
pentaxpatty e2 Member 1pentaxpatty vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
16 May 2014 - 6:45 AM

Good morning Simon. Love the amusing write up once again. V2 for me I do like the little bird on the side of the rhino . Have a good day.
Patty Grin

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104017 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
16 May 2014 - 6:49 AM

At the sharp end of the lunch queue? GrinGrin

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Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
16 May 2014 - 6:58 AM

Excellent captures Simon, V2 my favourite,
Fred.

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JohnoP
JohnoP e2 Member 9JohnoP vcard
16 May 2014 - 7:01 AM

Three amazing images Simon....absolutely love V2! I wasn't feeling too queasy until I got to the 'tick' bit...not sure I fancy my muesli with raisins now! Smile John

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 33139 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom102 Constructive Critique Points
16 May 2014 - 7:51 AM

Wildlife photography dosen't get any better than this Simon. Three quite magnificent captures each on a winner.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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Griff2012
Griff2012 e2 Member 2332 forum postsGriff2012 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
16 May 2014 - 8:52 AM

These are among your best , Simon. I'm with JohnoP - V2 is a top shot. Fascinating facts to go with the images - it's like an online course in African wildlife. Hope there isn't an exam - my memory isn't what it used to be! Smile Jacqui

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland111 Constructive Critique Points
16 May 2014 - 9:27 AM

Great shots and such an informative narrative, Simon: I learn something new here on site every day.
No doubt the rhino appreciates this bird's attention but the keeping of open wounds open is less desirable.
R.

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
16 May 2014 - 9:40 AM

Top class images Simon. I would not care to pat him on the head and say 'theres a good boy'!!!!!!GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ron

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PhilT2
PhilT2 e2 Member 496 forum postsPhilT2 vcard England9 Constructive Critique Points
16 May 2014 - 10:20 AM

Tremendous photography Simon

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sparrowhawk
sparrowhawk e2 Member 5267 forum postssparrowhawk vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
16 May 2014 - 10:56 AM

wonderful set of shots my personal pick is v2 today Simon

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dark_lord
dark_lord Critique Team 101464 forum postsdark_lord vcard England125 Constructive Critique Points
16 May 2014 - 1:46 PM

Great stuff!
As soon as I saw the image I knew it was the oxpeckers that were the subject of lunch. I first learned of oxpeckers way back at school, but as far as I can recall we didn't learn those gory details (and I would have remembered them!).
V2 is my favourite, quite comical. V3 looks like the rhino is resigned to what's going on.

Keith

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stub197
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16 May 2014 - 4:25 PM

Beautifully captured images, Awesome SmileSmileSmile

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GeorgePlatis
GeorgePlatis e2 Member 1GeorgePlatis vcard Greece1 Constructive Critique Points
16 May 2014 - 5:27 PM

Superb captures in all aspects, Simon!
George

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8232 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
16 May 2014 - 5:28 PM

A terrific set of wildlife images Simon and a fascinating narrative to accompany them. Those oxpeckers are blood thirsty little creatures and it looks like they've taken a bite or two out of one of the rhinoceros's ears, either that or he's had a run in with Iron Mike Tyson!Wink

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ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2474 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
16 May 2014 - 6:08 PM

Glad I had finished my tea before reading about this blood thirsty little bird, great image Simon,

Ali

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bobsblues
bobsblues e2 Member 4bobsblues vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
16 May 2014 - 6:22 PM

Superb capture's old chap definately vampire birds and glad to make it no 30.
Rob

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
16 May 2014 - 6:50 PM

That gorgeous rhino (well I think they are incredibly beautiful) looks very sanguine in spite of the Oxpecker's attempts at exsanguination. I guess that a little blood in exchange for delousing isn't a bad deal.

Three fabulous images and a fascinating if pretty yucky description!

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Fred263
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16 May 2014 - 7:46 PM

Outstanding set of images, Simon. Great narrative.

Fred

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kathrynlouise
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16 May 2014 - 8:57 PM

OMG! Awesome photography Simon. Love all three shots. Bostin! as they would say in this neck of the woods GrinGrinGrin

Kathryn

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DicksPics
DicksPics e2 Member 3DicksPics vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
16 May 2014 - 9:49 PM

A real education today, Simon - superb images, informative write up - an excellent upload!Smile
I certainly agree with Kathryn's 'bostin' description, ower kid!!

Richard

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Lillian
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16 May 2014 - 10:15 PM

three great images Simon
envious WinkWink
Lillian

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Holmewood
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16 May 2014 - 11:29 PM

Great shots Simon. Love the write up. Sound like vampires to me! Cathy

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ukgubbi
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17 May 2014 - 5:10 AM

This is an excellent wildlife photography. I love this type of images showing inter dependency.

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781969
781969  1 India
17 May 2014 - 5:22 AM

Fantastic,best of the best Simon.

Vikram.

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nonur
nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
17 May 2014 - 8:12 AM

EXCELLENT set, Simon. Two lunch shots in one. Wish I had another UA to give.

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Ayoob
Ayoob e2 Member 3Ayoob vcard Australia
17 May 2014 - 4:17 PM

Great set of images , very well taken and presented , Simon....GrinGrinGrin

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viscostatic
20 May 2014 - 9:54 PM

I always thought oxpeckers were good for the species on which they feed but apparently not.Interesting information Simon as well as a great photo.

Phil.

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