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... 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 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
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
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 ...!
|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|
|Lens Max Aperture:||f/5.7|
|Flash:||Off, Did not fire|