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Lunch 127

By SimonFletch  
Greetings everyone and thank you for your Votes and Comments on 'Lunch 126 - The Purple Grenadier'. I was again somewhat amused to find that, while descriptions of the female Purple Grenadier covered "beautiful" (several times), "stunning", "lovely", "attractive", "gorgeous", "amazing", "vibrant", "terrific", "wonderful" & "fabulous", one thought that "He looks like a robber with the wrong coloured mask!" - "He", was a "She" (as described in the Keywords). Of course, it was a 'she', wot wrote 'he', making this into a very sexist remark...! Wink Jeff has no such excuse, "Somebody's `blue-eyed' boy"...??

Lynne, sharp-eyed as ever, clearly spotted that this bird was of the female variety "I just love that eye shadow and lippy combo", but went on to say "I will replicate that style today. It is always such fun frightening the natives!!!". Add a ginger wig, for good measure, Lynne ...?

At least my Purple Grenadier was eating grass seeds, which kept Carol happy. I can't promise to keep that up for long, though Tongue

Today's 'Lunch'
For 'Silly Sunday', I thought an upload of White-faced Whistling Ducks would fit the bill (sorry about that). Very sober-minded creatures, they restrict their diet to eating seeds, grass, weeds and other 'greens'.

The White-faced Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna viduata) is a gregarious bird, except when breeding. It is found in flocks numbering hundreds, feeding in open freshwater or resting on the shore. It also flies and feeds at night.

They have a sibilant, three note whistling call - swee-swee-sweeu. They are approximately 18" (45cm) long and the male & female are similar, while the young are duller.

Found throughout sub-Saharian Africa and South America, it is presumed that human intervention assisted its trans-continental spread.

I saw this breeding pair on the Hyena Dam, in Nairobi's National Park - and felt like a bit of a voyeur when they started their bit of 'rumpy pumpy'. But you didn't want to see images of that.... did you..?!

Have a Saintly Sunday, everyone ...!


Tags: Lunch Eating Kenya Wildlife and nature White-faced whistling duck Nairobi National Park

Voters: CarolG, Jocelia, LynneJoyce and 29 more

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CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
1 Jun 2014 5:54AM
Very pretty birds, Simon, and they, as your previous subject, also have a very acceptable diet Wink Enjoy your day. Carol
LynneJoyce Plus
13 22 101 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2014 6:59AM
A very good looking pair with nice reflections in the water but not with a make-up style I could replicate easily. How did you guess that I would wear the ginger wig yesterday? No matter, it worked. The neighbours were terrified!
ade123 8 285 1 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2014 7:21AM
Great images Simon

1 Jun 2014 7:45AM
Fine looking birds Simon, two excellent captures,
Two great images Simon,lovely colour and detail.

viscostatic 15 50 11 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2014 8:15AM
Beautiful markings on these ducks Simon. V1 my favourite with the reflections.

bobsblues 11 10 2 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2014 8:26AM
Superb set Simon, never thought you were the voyeur type to snap a couple of birds doing their lovemaking BlushWink maybe you will have to show them now dear chap Tongue
1 Jun 2014 8:59AM
Breedin' lovely images, Simon!Smile
Very informative information, as always!

1 Jun 2014 9:03AM
These are lovely shots Simon lovely reflections too. I always enjoy the write up always makes me smile.
Have a good day too
Patty Smile
RonnieAG Plus
11 154 119 Scotland
1 Jun 2014 9:05AM
What beautifully plumaged ducks, Simon: so well captured.
I get as much from your opening comments each day as I do from your images, which are always so interesting and a world away from anything I can capture.
JohnoP 16 2
1 Jun 2014 10:52AM
Such beautiful plumage on these Simon! Two nicely captured images of these ducks going about their business! Smile John
cats_123 Plus
17 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
1 Jun 2014 11:10AM
So you're now on a liquid diet? He? She? It? All the same to me !!!!!!!! BlushBlush
NDODS 10 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2014 11:12AM
A very well composed and captured pair of wildlife image, the detail and colour in both is very striking, however it is image number one that really caught my eye Simon. Superb photography as ever.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
nonur 12 18 13 Turkey
1 Jun 2014 11:27AM
A very skillful work, Simon. I love the compo, colours and the clarity of the image.
mikbee 14 3 8 Scotland
1 Jun 2014 3:09PM
Love the colours and markings Simon.
And I bet you 10 pence you indeed have pics of the rumpy pumpy !!
JuBarney Plus
10 34 5 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2014 6:33PM
Terrific shots of these beauties
jaktis Plus
17 84 Sweden
1 Jun 2014 7:15PM
Great details of these lovely looking birds

dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 778 England
1 Jun 2014 9:29PM
I've only seen whistling ducks at the Wildfowl and Wetland centres, but I recognised them here as they're quite a distinctive bird.
Nice to see a shot of them in the wild, and a very good capture too.
1 Jun 2014 10:32PM
Blooming Heck didn't realise we had to read the tags as well! I will pay more attention next time Simon. Great shot. Cathy
1 Jun 2014 11:42PM
Glad to make these excellent shots 30 Simon..Lin
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
2 Jun 2014 10:51PM
I agree with the "Dark Lord" Keith they are such distinctive birds with real character. They have a small flock of these in the collection at Slimbridge and they are always amusing to watch
ali63 9 791 1 United Kingdom
3 Jun 2014 6:36AM
Great image Simon,


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