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Lunch 44

By SimonFletch  
My sincere thanks to all who commented (and voted) on Lunch 43 - The Olive Thrush, with a very special Thank You to Patricia ( PentaxPatty ), for her yummy 'slice of cake' UA.

One of the things I relish about EPZ is the combined 'fountain of knowledge' that spouts up when there's a question to answer - and your help in my finding suitable foods to attract and nourish the local Nairobi wild birds, turned into a flood of comments and PM's yesterday. You are all truly wonderful and I learned a lot. My checklist so far, is a coconut cut in half, then reused when empty, to fill with the following: defrosted peas & corn, chopped peelings, greens & bacon rind, grapes cut in half, fat with seeds encapsulated, small quantities of brown / wholemeal bread & nuts (I guess non-salted). It was also suggested that I go and dig up the apartment gardens for worms, but I'll pass on that one !! CarolG suggested growing sunflowers - a super idea, for when I get back home to Scotland in May. We did find a pet shop in Nairobi - and they had wire bird feeders - but no wild bird food of any description !! After the white bread was cleared away and replaced with some of the above, Mr Olive Thrush went ballistic & perched on his favourite hand rail, calling us all the names under the sun. Clearly, he was not impressed and wanted his junk food back !!

Today's 'Lunch'
After yesterday's upload and its furor, I thought it best to clear away the images of the last of our regular diners, eating white bread - The African Pied Wagtail. He looks extremely similar to the Wagtails which visit our garden in Scotland, but, although more timid than any of our other local visitors, comes a lot closer than the Scottish species. We had a single occasion where Mum brought two youngsters to our 'table' and fed them both, but my camera was sadly not to hand. Versions 3 & 4 are simply head shots of this beautiful B&W bird.

Have an Exceptional Day.


Tags: Bird Lunch Eating Nairobi Wildlife and nature African Pied Wagtail

Voters: terryxc, Bantu, handlerstudio and 41 more

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terryxc 5 7 England
16 Jan 2014 2:59AM
Some great shots here, if i had to choose V3 would have my preference... but 4 great images...


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Bantu 4 7 1 India
16 Jan 2014 4:00AM
Birds in action,superb catch.
Great shot of this blood thirsty Wagtail eating lunch, Simon. Bring on the blood!!!!

Andysnapper 9 109 25 England
16 Jan 2014 6:33AM
Yet again Simon 'lunch is served' beautifully presented and with a side dish of humour. Excellent series of shots of a pretty bird.

CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
16 Jan 2014 6:49AM
Super captures, Simon, looks like he's doing a little dance whilst eating Smile Carol
Mike_Young Plus
11 12 9 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2014 6:58AM
Four splendid shots of this great little wagtail, Simon
16 Jan 2014 7:30AM
Fine set of images Simon, all show nice detail,
bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2014 7:39AM
Looks like he could do with a good feed SimonSmile looks like he's undernourished Sad looks like you are shooting from a good distance at 700mm ( not that I understand alot about focal lengths )Wink
viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2014 7:50AM
Yes Simon the Scottish ones would never get as close as this. Love the two close-ups, V3 and V4.

RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
16 Jan 2014 8:04AM
Your intros are always so worth a read as is this one.
And a nice set of this character and I do like the portraits if I may call them that at V 3 and 4.
Needing 700mm. I doubt if I would have seen your subjectSadSad...WinkWinkWink.
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2014 8:17AM
V3 is my favourite from this great set ...tho' notpart of your lunch series
ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2014 9:11AM
V3 for me Simon, excellent close up photography,

Ali SmileSmile
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
16 Jan 2014 9:16AM
Just amazing! You're great at it, Simon. Super timing and clarity. Love them, especially V1 and V2.
16 Jan 2014 9:21AM
More great shots - once again I'm very jealous of your visitors and if I lived nearby would be popping in for a visit. Love V3 and V4 - very good detailed shots of this lovely little bird - the background highlighting the plumage.
Stunning detail in this great set of images, Simon. Wow!
Jocelia 6 2 1 Australia
16 Jan 2014 9:37AM
Looks a bit like our Pee-Wee here in Oz.
4 lovely shots V4 is a lovely portrait, love that one…...WinkWinkWink
16 Jan 2014 9:40AM
these are wonderful and i particularly like the close up head shots
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2014 10:04AM
Four superb images of this African Pied Wagtail Simon. They are very similar to the British version.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
16 Jan 2014 11:23AM
Four lovely shots Simon. Great captures.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2014 1:01PM
Lovely set but has to be V3 for the way he is trying to
have a conversation with you
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
16 Jan 2014 1:46PM
What an interesting bird! Never seen this before. 4 superb shots, Simon, but V4 has to be my favourite. Looks like he's pondering a deep philosophical question Grin

ukgubbi 6 5 India
16 Jan 2014 2:29PM
In V3 it seems asking for more. In V4 it looks contented. Great shots.
16 Jan 2014 5:04PM
Beautiful images, Simon! Great portraits on V3 & V4!
JuBarney 6 26 3 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2014 5:19PM
A splendid set and esp. love V3
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
16 Jan 2014 7:45PM
A cracking quartet of images of this beautiful little bird, the portraits in v3 and v4 take some beating, both pin sharp and superbly detailed
16 Jan 2014 8:25PM
Fantastic shots Simon. V3 definitely my favourite. I agree you definitely learn a lot on this site. Cathy
dark_lord Plus
14 2.1k 531 England
16 Jan 2014 10:30PM
Another good set.
It's really quite interesting how similar some birds are that live thousands of miles away from each other.
17 Jan 2014 9:57AM
More wonderful shots, Simon, but I thought you have eaten enough cake this week, lovely shot of this pretty bird.
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
6 May 2014 4:22PM
I think I just learned something important for Costa Rica, for the future Smile
Ticos love junk food, maybe that also works for Tico birds.
Lovely series btw.

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