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My grateful thanks to all who Commented and Voted on Lunch 82 - The White Stork. Some found great humour in my explanation regarding the White Stork's white legs. Obviously a 'design fault' in this bird?

Harriet picked up on my sentance regarding "Masai chopping up goats". If anyone has not seen the Masai Slaughtering of The Goat and wishes to do so, you will first need to be able to see Adult images - then view Lunch 71 - 77. It's an interesting experience, but some did get a little queasy...!

Today's 'Lunch'
Another fascinating bird sometimes found at the large dam in Nairobi National Park, is The Sacred Ibis. It is named 'Sacred', because it used to be found in Egypt, where it was venerated and often mummified as a symbol of the god Thoth. A wading bird, it is mostly found in wetlands, feeding on fish, frogs, small mammals, reptiles, smaller birds and insects.

As V3 shows, it will also dig its long bill deep into mud or soft earth, seeking out worms. It is also a frequent visitor to rubbish tips, where it will eat just about any human waste. A fairly large bird of 27" (68cm), it builds a nest from sticks, high up in tree canopys (often preferring baobab trees) and lays around 23 eggs. Thus, it has had surprising results in population growth where it has been introduced into Southern Europe; to the point it has caused problems - it is a predator of Terns.

V4 is of an adult and juvenile, who is duller, with some white feathering on the neck.

Have a Terrific Thursday, 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:1 Feb 2014 - 5:17 PM
Focal Length:700mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/500sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Lunch 83
Username:SimonFletch SimonFletch
Uploaded:10 Apr 2014 - 4:53 AM
Tags:Adult, Bird, Eating, Immature, Lunch, Nairobi National Park, Sacred ibis, Wildlife / nature
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handlerstudio
handlerstudio e2 Member 2handlerstudio vcard United States5 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2014 - 5:02 AM

Great capture Simon....this is a bird about which we may not want to think too much about what it eats.....

Peter

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781969
781969  1 India
10 Apr 2014 - 5:29 AM

Beautiful,fantastic and well captured Simon.

Vikram.

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nonur
nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2014 - 5:48 AM

Wonderful shots, Simon. I like V1 and V3 even more.

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece17 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2014 - 6:10 AM

He's an attractive fella, Simon, with lovely markings on his head and neck. Four excellent captures. Carol

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Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 6100 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2014 - 6:37 AM

A super series Simon, superb, sharp shots.... I'm feeling alliterative today.

Andy

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2014 - 6:41 AM

Fascinating description and four fine shots. V3 is my favourite closely followed by the celebration of pairs in V4.

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104023 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2014 - 6:55 AM

The answer to all our recycling problems? WinkGrinGrinGrin

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ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2474 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2014 - 7:14 AM

4 1st class images Simon SmileSmile

Ali

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2014 - 7:36 AM

I am so happy I don't have to lunch in mud.....
It must be gritty

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JohnoP
JohnoP e2 Member 9JohnoP vcard
10 Apr 2014 - 7:41 AM

Four beautifully captured images Simon..V1 my favourite along with V3 showing incredible use of it's long bill. Thoth...the God of writing, amongst other things...very appropriate today with your fascinating and interesting narratives! Smile John

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M_squared
M_squared e2 Member 3M_squared vcard United Kingdom
10 Apr 2014 - 7:47 AM

Great images. Well captured.

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viscostatic
10 Apr 2014 - 8:06 AM

Great images of this beautiful bird Simon. 23 eggs must be quite a task for the parents even if they don't all hatch.

Phil.

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DicksPics
DicksPics e2 Member 3DicksPics vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2014 - 10:42 AM

Your pictures and narratives are so educational, Simon!
Four excellent, well detailed images.

Richard

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pentaxpatty
pentaxpatty e2 Member 1pentaxpatty vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2014 - 12:51 PM

Wonderful series again Simon V1 for me, agree with Richard, great shots and educational write up too.GrinGrinGrin

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ukgubbi
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10 Apr 2014 - 2:04 PM

All the four images are excellent. Thanks for the beautiful narrative.

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kathrynlouise
kathrynlouise e2 Member 2364 forum postskathrynlouise vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2014 - 3:59 PM

4 fabulous images Simon. Can't pick a favourite, love them all GrinGrin

Kathryn

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Maiwand
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10 Apr 2014 - 4:04 PM

Excellent series Simon. Love the beak on that Ibis. If you must have a beak then that is the way to go.!!!!!!!!GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ron

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GeorgePlatis
GeorgePlatis e2 Member 1GeorgePlatis vcard Greece1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2014 - 5:14 PM

Great details and beautiful presentation of these interesting birds in these fabulous captures, Simon!
Regards,
George

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Myathebirdwatcher999 Junior Member 1 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2014 - 5:27 PM

4 Brilliant shots

MyaGrin

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8234 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2014 - 6:03 PM

A tremendous set of images of this resourceful wader and an interesting narrative to accompany them as always. You seem to have a penchant for long legged birds don't you!WinkGrinTongue

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Fred263 e2 Member 2Fred263 vcard United Kingdom
10 Apr 2014 - 7:54 PM

Outstanding set of images, Simon.

Fred

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10 Apr 2014 - 10:22 PM

Brilliant shots Simon. Cathy

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9 May 2014 - 7:18 PM

23 eggs!
Has anyone tried farming these Grin

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