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Lunch 150

By SimonFletch  
Greetings everyone and thank you for your votes and comments on 'Lunch 149 - The Bare-faced Go-away-bird' - with a special Thank You to Cathy, for giving me one of her "Stan's", whom I shall feed, water and promise not to use in a Lunch shot...!

Please excuse my brevity today, I have another of those early morning business meetings with my two sons.

Today's 'Lunch'
I have been holding back a couple of images of a Lioness, to celebrate one hundred and fifty 'Lunches'...!!

We had spent two weeks on Olare Mare camp, in the Olare Orok Conservancy and were driving back to Nairobi, past the airstrip, when we came across an incredible sight. A single Lioness had taken a Wildebeest the night before and had eaten part of it. The sun was high. She was hot. She was also being watched by several species of Vulture (just out of shot..!) and a Silver-backed Jackal. She did Not want to give up her prize and was attempting to lift it, drag it and will it, to the cover of some trees. The only problem was, that she could only move the carcus a few inches at a time - and the edge of the forest was around 300ft away.

Sadly, we had to leave her to it and continue our journey. This would normally have been a scene I would happily have watched for hours. Clearly, the frustrations and cunning of the wilderness were running high.

Have a Wonderful Wednesday, everyone ...!

PS: Just seen Mick's " Tribute Lunch " - what an excellent "p*** - take", well done, mate..!!

Tags: Lioness Lunch Kenya Wildebeest Wildlife and nature Olare Orok Conservancy

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nonur 12 18 13 Turkey
25 Jun 2014 5:55AM
Shows the strain well, Simon. It's too big a lunch to devour alone.
P.S. Kiln for bricks is the answer.
CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
25 Jun 2014 5:58AM
A superb pair of captures, Simon, no doubt with her willpower and determination she made it to the shade of the trees with her kill. Carol
Bantu 7 7 1 India
25 Jun 2014 6:00AM
Wild life in action,superb.

ukgubbi 9 5 India
25 Jun 2014 6:02AM
Congratulations on " Lunch 150". Great feat. Very well captured wildlife shot. Outstanding
Great pair of images Simon,that is some lunch.

213hardy 12 719 England
25 Jun 2014 6:35AM
A great pair of images Simon, and a great series. But i am concerned that after 150 back to back lunches, you may be nearing the size of a house Wink

Keep up the great work.

Andysnapper 13 109 25 England
25 Jun 2014 6:39AM
Another of those 'nature red in tooth and claw shots' Simon, but still interesting and, as always, wonderfully captured.

cats_123 Plus
17 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
25 Jun 2014 6:54AM
a bit big for the barbie!!! GrinGrinGrin
LynneJoyce Plus
13 22 101 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2014 7:11AM
These two dramatic captures clearly demonstrate how tough it is for predators to protect their kill in the wild. She is a fine, muscular beast, hardly surprising with this kind of workout!
25 Jun 2014 7:33AM
Excellent images Simon, well done,
Ted447 Plus
8 216 1 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2014 7:55AM
Two great images Simon not for the feint hearted. Ted. GrinGrin
NDODS 10 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2014 7:56AM
"Wildlife as it really is" Two superb captures highlighting the power and ferocity of such an animal

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
25 Jun 2014 8:10AM
Two superb images of 'how it is' in the wild.

viscostatic 15 50 11 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2014 8:38AM
Before I read your description, Simon, I was thinking that was going to be a very large lunch - but I now realise only if she managed to hide it. Great photographs.

mex 13 27 3 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2014 9:02AM
An excellent set of images.
cheers phil.
CaroleS Plus
11 442 3 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2014 9:14AM
Such power!
25 Jun 2014 9:21AM
Two powerful images Simon, all beast have to eat. GrinGrin
25 Jun 2014 12:10PM
2 Super Kenyan wildlife images Simon

Fefe Plus
9 57 36 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2014 12:29PM
Bit gruesome for me............I am a sensitive soulTongueSadWink
Fantastic images though.......So long as I dont look at the "Lunch"Sad
Loved that areoplane siteGrinGrin Gordon Bennet Smith landed safelySmile
25 Jun 2014 3:50PM
Two wonderful lunch images Simon. Definitely a large lunch for this lioness to be hauling around GrinGrin

Maiwand 14 3 73 England
25 Jun 2014 4:31PM
We shall not see an image more natural than this Simon. A cracker.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
JuBarney Plus
10 34 5 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2014 5:30PM
Life in the raw; a terrific capture.
jaktis Plus
17 84 Sweden
25 Jun 2014 7:43PM
That is a decent lunch instead of a small worm or an insect

25 Jun 2014 8:40PM
Well captured, Simon. Wildlife photography without pretence. Survival of the fittest GrinGrin

dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 778 England
25 Jun 2014 8:54PM
A classic savannah lunch. At least, what comes to mind when we think of African wildlife Smile
ali63 9 791 1 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2014 10:12PM
Great images Simon,

mikbee 14 3 8 Scotland
25 Jun 2014 10:39PM
First of all Simon thank you very much for your award.
Very much appreciated.
I was going to have a Guinness and a cheese and red cabbage sandwich to celebrate,
but after seeing your gruesome shots I don't think I will bother !!
Thanks again mate though.
25 Jun 2014 10:56PM
I agree with Diane - a bit gruesome for me but that's life. Love Micks tribute lunch. Now that made me giggle. You take good care of your "Stan". Cathy
26 Jun 2014 2:28AM
Congrats on the 150 Simon, that is what I call dedication to a subject !!! And some absolute stunners along the way, with more to come, I hope...

Lynette Grin
ChiliMan 14 135 17 Singapore
28 Jun 2014 1:58AM
Nature is nature...but I somehow feel sorry for a lot of the big cats' prey. Don't know why. Especially the buffalo and zebra sorta things.

Super shots of the lunch, though,Simon Smile

Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2014 12:57PM
Two outstandig NATURE captures... Very well done...
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
15 Jul 2014 7:21PM
Two tremendous natural history images Simon and a fitting way to celebrate 150 lunches!

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