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Lunch 45

By SimonFletch  
Thank you all, very much, for your comments (and votes) on Lunch 44 - The African Pied Wagtail - and a very special Thank You to our Steve ( Sparrowhawk ) for his User Award. Glad you liked the images - and yes, I overdid it again with non-lunch images, but hey-ho, no one's perfect !!

The subject of a 700mm focal length came up a couple of times. There is also a 'crop factor' of x 1.3 for the sensor of the camera, which takes the virtual focal length to 910mm. But remember these are very small birds visiting our Lunch table and the camera is only 15 - 20 feet away. I like to give wildlife a bit of 'space' and find they are more comfortable if you don't come within their 'circle of comfort'. I have the telescopic lens fitted to my sports body, mounted on a tripod, at all times - and when the small birds have finished their early morning feed, grab the mounting foot of the lens, picking everything up in one hand and walk out onto the balcony, to try my luck at photographing the Black Kites that glide around the skies. I am getting better at this, but have found that the Nairobi sky is full of pollution (you should see the muck coming out of exhausts here..!) and have to wait until these giant birds get really close - by which time they are travelling quite a lot faster...

Today's 'Lunch'
Certain epzers have been baying for blood...! The Lioness had been feeding on a Buffalo carcus and both Hyena and Vultures had been impatiently waiting, creeping ever closer. Periodically, the Lioness would issue a deep, almost pre-historic growl, that would cause the hairs on the back of my neck to stand up. Sometimes, just a couple of steps in the direction of her adversaries was sufficient to scare them away - and other times, a full run, in an attempt to catch and kill these predators, who compete for the same food-chain as herself.

If anyone would like to volunteer for gardening duties, that mound of earth could do with removing and would improve the image no end !! Wink

Happy Friday everyone - no upload from me tomorrow, it's game park day Grin


Tags: Flying Bird Run Lioness Lunch Kenya Vulture Buffalo Wildlife and nature Carcus Black Backed Vulture

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Bantu 4 7 1 India
17 Jan 2014 3:27AM
So mush devotion,wild life in action,superb capture,Simon.

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Well Simon, for those of is who have found your most recent photos a bit bloodless, I guess this one makes up for it. This is a pretty amazing photo.....the lioness I'd looking pretty peeved at the vultures. These are really big birds, and seemingly with no fear of lions....the one in flight is stunning.

This is a powerful photo, Simon.

17 Jan 2014 4:53AM
ukgubbi 6 5 India
17 Jan 2014 5:12AM
This is a difficult shot to take with those vultures hovering over the carcass and lioness in vicinity. Kudos to you for this shot. However it is a " Gory lunch".
bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2014 5:55AM
Not sure if that lioness is getting ready to charge at you Simon never mind the vultures Smile Cracking good capture old chap I bet that carcass didn't last long
Rob ( ps I only had red as the amber had run out )
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
17 Jan 2014 6:21AM
A superb capture, Simon, I think that lioness is thinking about adding you to her lunch as an appetizer Wink Carol
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
17 Jan 2014 6:50AM
Excellent, Simon! Although I dislike them in general, I love those vultures here as they enhance the feeling of depth and act as a sort of natural inner frame for the lioness and her lunch. Again, super timing.
Caziwinkles 5 3 1 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2014 7:04AM
Just put me off my breakfast! Seriously, a fantastic shot. Smile

pink Plus
14 5.2k 7 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2014 7:27AM
The shadow of the Vultures in flight help fill that foreground beautifully
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2014 7:33AM
.......and life goes on
17 Jan 2014 7:38AM
Another fine capture Simon,
viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2014 8:02AM
Great wildlife action Simon.

NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2014 8:34AM
"Wildlife as it really is..."

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
17 Jan 2014 8:49AM
There are always some `uninvited guests' WinkGrinGrin
Perfectly captured, Simon. Nature at its most raw. WOW!
17 Jan 2014 10:26AM
An impressive image ! HuhhuhBlushGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin --- Jukka.Smile
Mike_Young Plus
11 12 9 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2014 10:41AM
Great action photo, I like the way the Lion is framed within the image
17 Jan 2014 11:34AM
nature at its rawest ! great shot and impressive birds
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
17 Jan 2014 11:35AM
Very wisely taking flight as big pussy cat approaches: another fab shot in this fascinating series, Simon.
And what a privilege to have been there to witness bit of wild life experience.
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
17 Jan 2014 12:50PM that's timing, Simon! The lioness' head sandwiched between the carcass and the vulture's wing like that. Although I can't imagine the lioness being in anyone's sandwich in the animal world!

ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2014 1:24PM
Another great Lunch shot,

Ali SmileSmile
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
17 Jan 2014 2:22PM
Very appropriate image for a lunchtime shot Simon.!!! Cracking good natural capture.GrinGrinGrin
17 Jan 2014 3:30PM
Simon, A real stunner with great composition and love the way it leads you into the lions eyes.

Brian J.
17 Jan 2014 4:24PM
What can I Simon . WOW great work
Brian65 9 2 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2014 4:37PM
17 Jan 2014 4:37PM
outstanding capture Simon, great work

JuBarney 6 26 3 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2014 5:39PM
A splendid capture
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2014 7:38PM
Wow! Grin
To get one lioness with a kill in this setting is great, the two vultures are a great bonus !! You have turned out an excellent image.
richmowil Plus
9 352 2 England
17 Jan 2014 7:53PM
They say timing is everything!! If it is, you have got it Simon!! Excellent image!!
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
17 Jan 2014 8:41PM
A wonderful wildlife image Simon, you've captured the moment perfectly. Excellent eye contact with the lioness and superb timing to catch the vultures swooping down. As for that mound of earth I think Alex and Dodsey have put their hands up to remove it, they will have to get past the lioness first and that won't be easy!WinkGrinTongue
17 Jan 2014 9:06PM
Excellent shot - don't mind the mound of earth in this (especially if I'm the one that has to move it)!!! If you tried to crop it out you'd lose a bird, and that would never do!!!
Am I still on the black list - I don't want to be fed to the lions????
17 Jan 2014 9:34PM
Fantastic shot Simon. Didn't even notice the earth till you mentioned it but will definitely leave it to Alex to remove. Cathy
18 Jan 2014 4:53AM
Very impressive, excellent work!
dark_lord Plus
14 2.1k 538 England
18 Jan 2014 9:55PM
Yes, I like the framing of the lioness's face by the vultures. Luck, planning or fast frames per second, who cares Wink

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