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Lunch 35

By SimonFletch  
I was stunningly surprised and highly delighted when I turned my computer on this morning, to discover a User Award from my favourite Schoolmarm, Carol ( Caziwinkles ), for Lunch 34, The Kenya Rufous Sparrow, thank you very much, Carol. My sincere thanks to all who commented and voted, too. You really are lovely people..!

Simba kwenda kula mzungu kwa 'Chakula cha Mchana'
I trust everyone knows by now, that Nathan received a new Canon 50 mm f/1.8 from Santa? Nathan kindly pointed out that Lunch 34 would have made a far superior image, had he "got a lot closer in using concealment and stealth, then equipped with a Canon 50 mm f/1.8 carefully captured a beautiful image." Nathan, clearly I need some lessons from you. Let me have your bank details and I'll deposit your airfare costs and, say an extra 500 for expenses. Let me know when you are coming over and I'll send my driver to the airport Smile
I am currently involved in a large project, building a stadium, in conjunction with KWS (Kenya Wildlife Service), inside Nairobi National Park. It's a 1,000 seater, half for Africans and half for Indians (they pay more, for better viewpoints). Filled to capacity, it should nett around quarter of a million per sitting. The advertising we are going to use, is the heading at the top, in bold. Translated, it means "Lion eats white man for Lunch".
Lions also know a great deal about "concealment and stealth", Nathan...Wink

Today's 'Lunch'
Appropriately, I am offering up an image of a Lioness who is removing the stomach of a Buffalo Grin She and her pride had taken the Buffalo down, beside a water hole and had their fill of the warm, bloody meat. This Lioness was a bit of a 'piggy' and was thwarting the attempts of Hyena and Jackals to have their share. The meat that she could get to, had run out and so she thought that she would remove the stomach, full of putrid grass. The look on her face is priceless Smile

Back to work for many, today. But, you were getting bored at home? Wink


Tags: Lioness Lunch Eating Kenya Buffalo Wildlife and nature Carcus

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
6 Jan 2014 6:28AM
I think her eyes are bigger than her stomach, Simon, she's obviously determined not to share her meal with any hyena or jackals. She's prepared to eat until she popsSmile A super capture, once again, this series is fascinating, I eagerly await the next instalment Smile Carol

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Caziwinkles 5 3 1 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2014 6:59AM
Great, if gruesome image, Simon. She needs to learn some table manners does our lioness here! Bet she full for a week after demolishing that! Smile

Great image ,and very realistic ! Grin- Feel a little funny when whatching!Blush --- Jukka.Smile
Caziwinkles 5 3 1 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2014 8:04AM
Your Arum Lilly is a beauty, Carol.
The only thing slightly spoiling it for me, is the bottom right hand corner - the background needs cloning out in PS.
A simple enough task, which I am sure you know how to accomplish.
I bet it was the storm and the thoughts of a wet & windy playground took your mind off this little triangle.
Hope you managed to catch up on your beauty-sleep


Please forgive me Simon - but I can't actually SEE ANYTHING in the bottom right hand corner -I must be going blind!!
(Or you are seeing things!!!). Wink
ukgubbi 6 5 India
6 Jan 2014 8:35AM
This lunch is very gory SImon. But you have captured it brilliantly.
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
6 Jan 2014 8:37AM
Might be slightly disturbing for some, but never boring. This is life. Some human doings have much more terrible consequences and they are done without giving any chance to escape and without even making you aware of it. Wonderful expression on her face indeed, Simon.
viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2014 8:43AM
Part of life I suppose and what carnivores do to survive. Amazing wildlife photography Simon.

Mike_Young Plus
11 12 9 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2014 8:51AM
Your narratives are nearly as amazing as your images Simon, I wish I had the wit to reply in as amusing a way Grin.

What a fabulous opportunity you have in an extended stay in such a marvellous place, keep em coming
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2014 8:52AM
.... and life goes on
cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
6 Jan 2014 9:10AM
My butcher would have an apoplexy WinkGrinGrin
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
6 Jan 2014 9:13AM
Another superb, if somewhat gory, wildlife capure. Amazing sight.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2014 9:24AM
A great capture,

There is no denying this one as a part of your series, Simon. I mighty call this one Lunch and Dinner. Graphic, and compelling at the same time. This is a great capture, quite literally. And you were not so far away.

bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2014 12:37PM
Good afternoon Simon Just managed to get on the computer to check on the menu for lunch and I find the some hungary lioness has beaten me to it, no juicy steaks left Sad Ohh well thats life or not in the case of the buffaloSadSad
Hope I didn't make you too homesick on my last upload did I detect a slight yearning to be on home terriorty SimonWink . Any way a great shot of this lioness eating her lunch
bunbeam 12 2 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2014 12:51PM
brilliant capture... makes me want to revisit south africa.. wish i had a good camera while i was there.. was just so overwhelmed by it all.. very fond memories Smile
bun Smile
eagle1955 5 1 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2014 1:29PM
nice image simon always feel sorry for the animal that is killed but that is nature great capture
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
6 Jan 2014 2:26PM
Excellent documentary shot, Simon. I wonder why the lioness didn't go for the rump once the other meat ran out. Looks quite meaty!

NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2014 2:46PM
Another gripping insight to real wildlife...

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
6 Jan 2014 3:02PM
The lioness is certainly making a meal out of this Simon.
And can I assist you with your project ?
I am sure you will need some nuts and bolts for your 1,000 seats ?
I can send you 10,000 nuts and 10,000 bolts for a good price.
Granted,they are a bit rusty,but I will take this into account for a final price !!
dark_lord Plus
14 2.1k 531 England
6 Jan 2014 8:08PM
A traditional African lunch Smile
By that I mean what many people would imagine first when talking about animals feedin on the plains.
The backlighting shows off the red blood very well Wink

For your project you'll need an official photographer to document the action and sell prints Grin
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
6 Jan 2014 8:34PM
A hard hitting natural history image Simon, this one is not for the fainthearted and squeamish members on here, it will be too much for them to stomach! A safari with you and Bunbeam would definitely be entertaining as you are both as mad as hatters!Wink
This is a great image - I took one look and mimicked her facial expression (I've smelt those stomach contents at close quarters and they are not nice)!!! Just one thing I would say - I would have cropped in a bit tighter at the top and removed the mound of earth which is a bit distracting.
7 Jan 2014 1:39AM
Great wildlife scene!
Bantu 4 7 1 India
7 Jan 2014 3:32AM
ali the variants different and superb capture.

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