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Lunch 34

By SimonFletch  
I must give you all a big Thank You for your kind comments (and votes) for Lunch 33 - The Golden Eagle - and I have to confess that I was quite taken aback and felt quite emotional about the UA's from Steve ( Sparrowhawk ) and Ed ( Glostopcat ), thank you both, very much Smile I would also like to thank Keith ( dark_lord ) for his wonderful tribute to the Lunch series, which I unintentionally spoiled with a tongue-in-cheek comment and didn't add a wink Wink after it. If you like Barn Owls - and who doesn't - please take a look..!

Hmm... a few of you showed some 'concern' about the potential of my being eaten for Lunch by one of the inhabitants of the game park yesterday. Ed mentioned 'Albert & The Lion', which I had to Google (Google is now officially a verb 'I google', 'you google', 'they google' etc Wink ) and found it was an amusing poem about a lion in a zoo which ate a young lad. Well, as you can see, I survived - but I am deeply touched that you should even think that I might have been eaten up Wink

Today's 'Lunch'
In complete contrast to my last offering of The Golden Eagle, this little fellow is a Kenya Rufous Sparrow, who I observed early in the morning (yes, Ed, it's breakfast to me and you, but birds don't generally eat a lot of Lunch at Lunch-time here, it's too hot to hunt Smile .... Gosh, you can be so pedantic, at times Wink). He (the Sparrow, not Ed)was in amongst the grasses, hunting away with all the other small birds - took a dive for a small grasshopper - and flew up to the local Thorn Tree, only to find that he had not only captured his quarry, but a beak-full of grass too..! He grasped the beak-full between his claws and the branch, but the grasshopper wriggled free, leaving our little friend digging around in the grass, thinking 'it was in here, I am sure it was'..! V2 is just to show the plumage of this fine looking fellow.

"Tall Tale", Ed? I do hope so Smile Happy Silly Sunday, everyone.


Tags: Bird Lunch Kenya Wildlife and nature Nairobi National Park Kenya Rufous Sparrow

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Simon, this has been a great series.....carried on even longer than I stretched out my "reflection" series.....and I really pushed that one. And, there have been some wonderful images, some of successful hauls, others, like this, not. Well, in nature, as in life, you can ask for what you want, and sometimes the answer is no. Win some, lose some. And your photos have been winners. Thanks for showing us these.


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nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
5 Jan 2014 5:15AM
I like to connect the perplexed look in the eye with the little story you told, Simon. Great shots with nice detail.
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
5 Jan 2014 6:28AM
So glad to hear the hopper made his escape, Simon, can't have these pesky birds eating all my photographic subjects Wink He is a beauty, nicely coloured, and well captured, as always. Carol
bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2014 6:45AM
Good morning Simon I trust you had a couple of good days to replenish your wit Wink a very kind offer to sort out some of the EPZers for me, I thought Nathan's offer to sort my patio was very generous but I couldn't possibly open the patio door or window because my two cats would escape and try and eat my subjectsSad . A charming little critter you have captured here my friend full of colour and detail a wonderful shot, I look forward to our next lunchTongue

5 Jan 2014 7:13AM
two wonderful images simon great detail well captured
5 Jan 2014 7:39AM
2 excellent captures Simon, great detail in both,
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2014 7:58AM
Not a bad image at all Simon, however I would have been inclined to get a lot closer in using concealment and stealth, then equipped with a Canon 50 mm f/1.8 carefully captured a beautiful image.

Never mind we can't all be perfect mate GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

Regards Nathan
Bantu 4 7 1 India
5 Jan 2014 8:23AM
both the variants beautiful capture.
Caziwinkles 5 3 1 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2014 8:30AM
Lunch 34 - superb - as has all this series been! Smile
Absolutely no chance of being anorexic around these! Wink
Truly great photography work Simon! Smile

viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2014 8:42AM
Two beautiful images Simon. Without your explanation I would have assumed it was gathering nesting material.

barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2014 8:47AM
Funny heard that song last night at the pub....
Originally sung at the city varieties in leeds
The last line is the clincher for me....
Your write up today has given me a smile.....poor bird
ukgubbi 6 5 India
5 Jan 2014 8:59AM
Lovely shots, Simon.
5 Jan 2014 9:05AM
great shots to add to this brilliant series ! thank you for your comment on my shot yesterday
5 Jan 2014 10:39AM

Quote:Two wonderful images simon great detail well captured
--- I agree! GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin --- Jukka.Smile
5 Jan 2014 10:40AM
Simply superb, Simon - your uploads are so educational and amusing!SmileSmileSmile

Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
5 Jan 2014 12:32PM
The most tenuous link to lunch in this series so far Simon. You are lucky that camera club judges, or "Photo mafia" as Lynne Joyce has dubbed them are not viewing these images as you would have been disqualified and hauled across burning coals for giving us misleading information in your title!WinkGrinTongue This is most definitely a failed attempt to grab breakfast!Smile Two terrific shots of this chirpy little chap and another amusing narrative to accompany it. If you want something to put a big smile on your chevy chase this Sunday check out epzer "Caziwinkles" tiger upload, v3 and v4 are of Carol as you've never seen her before. When you see these pics, I don't think you'll describe her as a "lovely school marm" ever again!WinkGrin
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2014 12:35PM
Gorgeous little bird, very well captured and a joy to see!
cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
5 Jan 2014 12:57PM
Similar to how I eat WinkGrinGrinGrin
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
5 Jan 2014 1:59PM
Delightful shots of the Sparrow Simon. A good reward for your patience.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
bunbeam 12 2 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2014 3:18PM
2 superb captures.... lucky grasshopper.. isnt nature a wonderful thing Smile
bun Smile
eagle1955 5 1 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2014 4:34PM
a very captivating capture with great clarity simon the church is st james church of England.regards peter
dark_lord Plus
14 2.1k 537 England
5 Jan 2014 6:05PM
Lovely captures, but poor sparrow. Perhaps this should be the start of a new series 'Not Lunch' Wink Grin
richmowil Plus
9 352 2 England
5 Jan 2014 8:30PM
Nice detail and colours in these good images Simon!!
jacquig 4 3 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2014 11:06PM
Two excellent shots, Simon, and your write up is great. My favourite before reading it was v1, but is now v2 - it's a look of indignation and hurt pride about the meal that got away. Smile
ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2014 9:21AM
Excellent work Simon Smile

ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
6 Jan 2014 2:16PM
Lol...he's trying to maintain a dignified pose in V2 after feeling sheepish about losing the grasshopper Grin

Two super shots, Simon! Love the beakful in V1 Smile


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