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By SimonFletch  
You mad lot ...! CarolC, with 'Horse in his stripy jimjams' --- Jeff's 'The road service have been out with their paint brushes' --- 'Pantomime Horse', indeed - my old 'muckers', Richard, Mick, Ed and Keith went to town on that one. Keith, you can be so politically insensitive at times "here in the UK, we call it beef" - and I bet there will be someone who asks if the meat is already striped, or do you still have to put it on the barbeque ...?! Tongue If I were ever to play the front end of a striped Pantomime Horse, I know who I'd like to play the rear end, Ed - but you can have your extra points, for the guess Wink

Of course, I should have guessed that, despite my request, there would be the Law of Sod and someone would spoil it, for those yet to comment. No matter, a good wheeze was had - and that's always my intention Smile
My 'subject' was the many Ticks on the Zebra's nose. Ticks are the bane of most wild animals, some domestic ones, too. They have 8 legs and are related to spiders. Their pincers dig into their 'prey' and I recall my Father removing our dogs ticks, using tweezers, gently pulling, until each Tick released its grip. The wildlife of Africa have no such 'nurse', other than a bird - or rubbing against a tree, or scratching with claw or hoof. Ticks carry a multitude of bacterias, viruses and toxins and our poor Zebra would have been suffering, somewhat. Sad

Today's 'Lunch'
As promised, the third upload in the series of The Black-shouldered Kite. There is a mixture of 'gore' and comedy, as follows:
V1: Tucked up with its prey, high in a tree and surrounded by branches, getting images was difficult.
V2: The Kite had been ripping fur off its prey and looked comical.
V3: The Kite's hooked beak, ripping flesh from its prey.
V4: A blood covered beak and the tongue hanging out, as if to say Yuk..!

Have a Perfect POETS Day, everyone..! No upload from me tomorrow, it's Game Park Day Grin


Tags: Lunch Eating Monkey Wildlife and nature African Black-shouldered Kite

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nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
31 Jan 2014 5:21AM
Another great set, Simon. My favourite is the first, that fierce red eye and that blooded beak give the bird a ferocious look. Seems to say, don't mess up with me and my lunch.

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LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2014 6:27AM
Mesmer-eye-sing shots of this beautiful bird.
Andysnapper 9 109 25 England
31 Jan 2014 6:38AM
^^^ Tee Hee. Another interesting and somewhat gory lunch shot Simon. I'm inspired to break out the long lens and hunt for birds, well as soon as it stops raining....
Caziwinkles 5 3 1 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2014 7:12AM
Great shots as usual Simon - he looks rather fierce looking - that red beady eye so intense!

31 Jan 2014 7:19AM
Another series of stunning wild life photography, birds that we never see in UK so for this I would like to say thank you, for sharing your trip around Africa and bringing theses fascinating creatures here for all to see. Just wonderful. PattyGrinGrin
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2014 7:24AM
The title back off sprung to mind with V 1..
I knew yesterday....but said nought
I knew you wanted your bit of fun
ukgubbi 6 5 India
31 Jan 2014 7:42AM
Those Piercing red shot eyes are beyond description. This is a very strong bird. I love the way you have captured it. Rather feauful lunch
31 Jan 2014 8:01AM
I can only look at V1 for fear the others may be too gruesome Blush
A wonderful capture Simon GrinGrin

viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2014 8:08AM
You don't need to tell me about ticks Simon. As you will know they are on the march in Scotland. The most I have had to remove is 15 after one day lying on the ground photographing flowers, despite using a groundsheet. I seem to attract bitey things.

Top quality photography again today with V3 my favourite in an excellent sequence.

31 Jan 2014 8:27AM
Excellent captures Simon,
Bantu 4 7 1 India
31 Jan 2014 8:58AM
wild life in action superb capture,step by step.
gwynn56 6 87 England
31 Jan 2014 9:16AM
beautiful set of images , even with the red eyeWink
31 Jan 2014 9:19AM
'sanother super sequential set Simon - the red eye looked scary in the thumbnail!SmileSmileSmile
cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
31 Jan 2014 9:46AM
mentioning ticks....when we visited Cape Town (on a trip up Table Mountain), my wife attracted a `tick' on the back of her neck....the tweezers did the trick..but they are damned hard to kill `cat fleas', you have to crush the back!!!!.........She hates spiders and bugs, so you can imagine the squeals and horror.............we didn't let it spoil our holiday though!!!! SmileSmileSmile

your `comic' versions show the difference in humour GrinGrinGrin I did have a good laugh!!!
31 Jan 2014 10:19AM
wonderful set and the narrative made me laugh thank you
Another wonderfully taken set Simon.

That poor monkey!!! Makes me a bit sad everytime I see his remains..

Lynette Grin
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
31 Jan 2014 12:47PM
A cracking set of shots of this majestic raptor, such pin sharp details in both the plumage and its beady red eye. These tick all the boxes just like yesterdays upload!
Stunning set of images, Simon. The red eye and beak look intimidating. Perfectly captured.

Maiwand 11 3 73 England
31 Jan 2014 2:32PM
Great series Simon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
31 Jan 2014 3:19PM
Yes,these poor monkeys seem to be a popular lunch Simon.
And as you say,with V4 he wishes there was something more tastier on the menu !!
Good set.
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2014 5:05PM
Gosh Simon you really have presented. Us with a yummie meal set...
Really good set
31 Jan 2014 6:10PM
Great captures, Simon!
Brian65 8 2 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2014 8:34PM
Fantastic set Simon.
dark_lord Plus
14 2.1k 531 England
31 Jan 2014 9:18PM
Another nice set and I must admit I don't have a particular favourite this time.
Have a good day in the park tomorrow Smile

31 Jan 2014 10:42PM
Great set Simon and definitely YUCK! Have a great day at the Game Park. Cathy
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
1 Feb 2014 8:08PM
Fantastic shots of this bird of prey at it's meal: love V 2 with the discarded feathers floating away.
Each shot pin sharp and could comfortably sit in the V 1 slot.
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
2 Feb 2014 10:03AM
V1 I love the look he's giving...
V2 the feathers details...
Wonderful shots...

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