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Lunch 54

By SimonFletch  
I am pleased you liked 'Lunch 53 - The male Purple Grenadier' - your kind Votes & Comments brought a shaft of sunlight into an old chap's life..! Thanks especially go to both Dave ( ugly ) and Patty ( PentaxPatty ), for their highly valued User Awards. A word on both, if I may? Dave, in a PM, sent me a very interesting link to a wildlife photographer's website, whom I now hold in great regard, Bob Brind-Surch . Take a look, if you like wildlife imagery at its best..! And Patty's Awards are always special, because she makes each one individually - a lovely slice of cake..!

That's the pleasantries out of the way... CarolG says I had no excuse for getting grasses in the way of my wee bird and should be carrying its favourite food, to lure it into the open..... In addition to grass seed (which the little beggar was already surrounded with), I guess I should also carry rump steak for the Lions, a pot of honey for the nectar eaters, rats & mice for the predator birds - and you could send me a carton of bugs for the insect eating birds?! Wink
Rob wants to know if I am going to 'go for the 100' Lunches. All depends on my meeting today, with the Kenya Government officianados, to get my visa extended. I think my other EPZ 'wheezers', Ed & Mick have got it about right - sling the prayer mat - visit the hole-in-the-wall - stuff plenty of filthy lucre into a brown envelope - place envelope inside the application form - Job's a good 'un (I hope).

Today's 'Lunch'
A male Silvery-cheeked Hornbill was one of around a dozen, who visited the tree canopies which our apartment looks down on. It was early-ish one morning and I was still in my jimjams, when I dashed out onto the balcony - just as well we aren't overlooked..! They were making a real din, with their 'quacking' & gobbling up fruit at the rate of knots..! We were visited by a pair last night, but no Lunching took place, unfortunately..!

Have a Tremendous Tuesday...!

Simon

Tags: Male Lunch Eating Nairobi Wildlife and nature Silvery-cheeked Hornbill

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nonur Plus
7 17 10 Turkey
28 Jan 2014 4:00AM
What a bill! Don't they feed on mice like toucans, Simon? Good shot with DOF.

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With a beak like that, who needs lunch, Simon?

Peter
jaktis Plus
12 84 Sweden
28 Jan 2014 5:38AM
A great capture showing us the beek

Peter
bobsblues 6 10 2 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2014 5:49AM
Another top notch shot Simon, Chinga will love this one with all the green in it, I like the idea of stuffing filthy lucre into brown paper bags must try that with some of my millions .
Have a good day old chap and watch out for the Lions nowWink
RobSmile
Bantu Plus
2 6 1 India
28 Jan 2014 6:24AM
You really makea difference in your capture,superb.
CarolG Plus
9 195 18 Greece
28 Jan 2014 6:31AM
Thank goodness you had your jimjams on, Simon, or you would have frightened this handsome fella away Wink Carol
Andysnapper 8 109 25 England
28 Jan 2014 6:45AM
I don't know what I'd do without your morning soliloquy Simon, always gives me a smile. And as to your pictures, always superb and interesting, great work again my friend. Long may your visa run.

Andy
cats_123 Plus
12 4.5k 26 Northern Ireland
28 Jan 2014 6:46AM
"Boy, Have I got a headache!!" WinkGrinGrinBlushBlush
Caziwinkles 3 3 1 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2014 7:02AM
No wonder he has looked up and paused - probably the sight of u in your jim-jams put him off his food! Wink
Great image of this somewhat ugly looking bird! Smile

Carol
Mike_Young 9 12 9 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2014 7:16AM
An amazing shot of an interesting and amusing looking bird, you've managed to isolate it from the background very well, and timed it perfectly plucking a fruit from the tree Smile
28 Jan 2014 7:24AM
What a strange image
I really can't make it out at all....
Guess I am not awake yet.....
viscostatic 10 34 5 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2014 8:03AM
A great image of this very strange looking bird feeding in the treetop Simon.

Phil.
28 Jan 2014 8:10AM
A very strange bird Simon but once again superbly captured, nothing like that in darkest Sheffield, ! have a good day, no cake or biccies for you today, you said you want to stay slim GrinGrinGrin Patty
Superb capture, Simon. Great timing & DOF.

Fred
28 Jan 2014 8:37AM
I love this avian replacement for the AWACS radar plane, Simon!
An excellent piece of espionage on your part!Smile
I hope you've sent the evidence to the authorities!
Regards,
Richard
28 Jan 2014 8:58AM
Not the prettiest of birds but wonderfully captured GrinGrin

Kathryn
mikbee 9 3 8 Scotland
28 Jan 2014 11:19AM
Oh dear Simon, a bird here that only his mother could love.
Last in the queue when the good looks were handed out I think !!
Not surprised he is eating alone.
What girl in her right mind would be seen out with him !!
A good shot of him,
but I suggest he uploads a different profile pic when he signs up for,
''Find A Date Mate.Com''. !!
Mick.
Interesting looking bunch of feathers this one... great image Simon.

Lynette Grin
ali63 Plus
4 739 1 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2014 12:48PM
Super image Simon,

Ali
28 Jan 2014 3:28PM
superb capture Simon

Trevor
Maiwand Plus
9 3 71 England
28 Jan 2014 4:26PM
Not seen this variety before Simon. Been more used to seeing the more colourful sort. Excellent shot.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
I know of Brind-Surch. A quality operater.WinkWink
Ron
28 Jan 2014 4:40PM
Excellent capture and presentation, Simon!
Regards,
George
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
28 Jan 2014 8:15PM
A cracking shot of this rather ugly looking hornbill Simon, I bet you gave him quite a fright when you appeared on your balcony clad in your pj's and hung over from a night on the Madafu no doubt!Tongue
28 Jan 2014 8:53PM
a real stunner my friend
28 Jan 2014 9:32PM
A lovely shot Simon of an unusual looking bird. Cathy
dark_lord Plus
12 1.8k 318 England
29 Jan 2014 11:53PM
Well you wouldn't get into a head-butting competition with that one would you.
Perhaps that could be a warm-up show before the lions Grin

Keith

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