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Thank you all, very much, for your comments (and votes) on Lunch 44 - The African Pied Wagtail - and a very special Thank You to our Steve (Sparrowhawk) for his User Award. Glad you liked the images - and yes, I overdid it again with non-lunch images, but hey-ho, no one's perfect !!

The subject of a 700mm focal length came up a couple of times. There is also a 'crop factor' of x 1.3 for the sensor of the camera, which takes the virtual focal length to 910mm. But remember these are very small birds visiting our Lunch table and the camera is only 15 - 20 feet away. I like to give wildlife a bit of 'space' and find they are more comfortable if you don't come within their 'circle of comfort'. I have the telescopic lens fitted to my sports body, mounted on a tripod, at all times - and when the small birds have finished their early morning feed, grab the mounting foot of the lens, picking everything up in one hand and walk out onto the balcony, to try my luck at photographing the Black Kites that glide around the skies. I am getting better at this, but have found that the Nairobi sky is full of pollution (you should see the muck coming out of exhausts here..!) and have to wait until these giant birds get really close - by which time they are travelling quite a lot faster...

Today's 'Lunch'
Certain epzers have been baying for blood...! The Lioness had been feeding on a Buffalo carcus and both Hyena and Vultures had been impatiently waiting, creeping ever closer. Periodically, the Lioness would issue a deep, almost pre-historic growl, that would cause the hairs on the back of my neck to stand up. Sometimes, just a couple of steps in the direction of her adversaries was sufficient to scare them away - and other times, a full run, in an attempt to catch and kill these predators, who compete for the same food-chain as herself.

If anyone would like to volunteer for gardening duties, that mound of earth could do with removing and would improve the image no end !! Wink

Happy Friday everyone - no upload from me tomorrow, it's game park day Grin

Simon

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
Lens:EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:29 Nov 2011 - 11:36 AM
Focal Length:250mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.2
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/1000sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:640
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:Lunch 45
Username:SimonFletch SimonFletch
Uploaded:17 Jan 2014 - 3:15 AM
Tags:Bird, Black Backed Vulture, Buffalo, Carcus, Flying, Kenya, Lioness, Lunch, Run, Vulture, Wildlife / nature
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781969
781969  1 India
17 Jan 2014 - 3:27 AM

So mush devotion,wild life in action,superb capture,Simon.

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handlerstudio
handlerstudio e2 Member 2handlerstudio vcard United States5 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2014 - 3:32 AM

Well Simon, for those of is who have found your most recent photos a bit bloodless, I guess this one makes up for it. This is a pretty amazing photo.....the lioness I'd looking pretty peeved at the vultures. These are really big birds, and seemingly with no fear of lions....the one in flight is stunning.

This is a powerful photo, Simon.

Peter

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maratsuikka
17 Jan 2014 - 4:53 AM

GOOD SHOT LUNCHMAN

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ukgubbi
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17 Jan 2014 - 5:12 AM

This is a difficult shot to take with those vultures hovering over the carcass and lioness in vicinity. Kudos to you for this shot. However it is a " Gory lunch".

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bobsblues
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17 Jan 2014 - 5:55 AM

Not sure if that lioness is getting ready to charge at you Simon never mind the vultures Smile Cracking good capture old chap I bet that carcass didn't last long
Rob ( ps I only had red as the amber had run out )

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2014 - 6:21 AM

A superb capture, Simon, I think that lioness is thinking about adding you to her lunch as an appetizer Wink Carol

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nonur
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17 Jan 2014 - 6:50 AM

Excellent, Simon! Although I dislike them in general, I love those vultures here as they enhance the feeling of depth and act as a sort of natural inner frame for the lioness and her lunch. Again, super timing.

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Caziwinkles
17 Jan 2014 - 7:04 AM

Just put me off my breakfast! Seriously, a fantastic shot. Smile

Carol

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pink
pink  111537 forum posts United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2014 - 7:27 AM

The shadow of the Vultures in flight help fill that foreground beautifully

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barbarahirst
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17 Jan 2014 - 7:33 AM

.......and life goes on

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Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
17 Jan 2014 - 7:38 AM

Another fine capture Simon,
Fred.

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viscostatic
17 Jan 2014 - 8:02 AM

Great wildlife action Simon.

Phil.

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 33129 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom102 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2014 - 8:34 AM

"Wildlife as it really is..."

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104016 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2014 - 8:49 AM

There are always some `uninvited guests' WinkGrinGrin

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Fred263
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17 Jan 2014 - 9:26 AM

Perfectly captured, Simon. Nature at its most raw. WOW!
Fred

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kuvailija
kuvailija e2 Member 2kuvailija vcard Finland
17 Jan 2014 - 10:26 AM

An impressive image ! HuhhuhBlushGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin --- Jukka.Smile

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Mike_Young
17 Jan 2014 - 10:41 AM

Great action photo, I like the way the Lion is framed within the image

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sparrowhawk
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17 Jan 2014 - 11:34 AM

nature at its rawest ! great shot and impressive birds

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland111 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2014 - 11:35 AM

Very wisely taking flight as big pussy cat approaches: another fab shot in this fascinating series, Simon.
And what a privilege to have been there to witness bit of wild life experience.
R.

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2014 - 12:50 PM

Wow...now that's timing, Simon! The lioness' head sandwiched between the carcass and the vulture's wing like that. Although I can't imagine the lioness being in anyone's sandwich in the animal world!

Andrew

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ali63
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17 Jan 2014 - 1:24 PM

Another great Lunch shot,

Ali SmileSmile

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Maiwand
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17 Jan 2014 - 2:22 PM

Very appropriate image for a lunchtime shot Simon.!!! Cracking good natural capture.GrinGrinGrin
Ron

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briantjjones
17 Jan 2014 - 3:30 PM

Simon, A real stunner with great composition and love the way it leads you into the lions eyes.

Brian J.

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anglingandyq
17 Jan 2014 - 4:24 PM

What can I Simon . WOW great work

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Brian65
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17 Jan 2014 - 4:37 PM

FANTASTIC!!! Simon.
Brian

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trevrob
trevrob e2 Member 1trevrob vcard United Kingdom
17 Jan 2014 - 4:37 PM

outstanding capture Simon, great work

Trev

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JuBarney
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17 Jan 2014 - 5:39 PM

A splendid capture
Ju

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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
17 Jan 2014 - 7:38 PM

Wow! Grin
To get one lioness with a kill in this setting is great, the two vultures are a great bonus !! You have turned out an excellent image.
IB

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richmowil
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17 Jan 2014 - 7:53 PM

They say timing is everything!! If it is, you have got it Simon!! Excellent image!!

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17 Jan 2014 - 8:41 PM

A wonderful wildlife image Simon, you've captured the moment perfectly. Excellent eye contact with the lioness and superb timing to catch the vultures swooping down. As for that mound of earth I think Alex and Dodsey have put their hands up to remove it, they will have to get past the lioness first and that won't be easy!WinkGrinTongue

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AlexAppleby
17 Jan 2014 - 9:06 PM

Excellent shot - don't mind the mound of earth in this (especially if I'm the one that has to move it)!!! If you tried to crop it out you'd lose a bird, and that would never do!!!
Am I still on the black list - I don't want to be fed to the lions????

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Holmewood
Holmewood e2 Member 1Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
17 Jan 2014 - 9:34 PM

Fantastic shot Simon. Didn't even notice the earth till you mentioned it but will definitely leave it to Alex to remove. Cathy

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18 Jan 2014 - 4:53 AM

Very impressive, excellent work!

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18 Jan 2014 - 9:55 PM

Yes, I like the framing of the lioness's face by the vultures. Luck, planning or fast frames per second, who cares Wink
Keith

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