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Lunch 59

By SimonFletch  
I loved all your Comments about the meat in 'Lunch 58 - Sam's Butchery' - that one seemed to go down well...! Like me, many would prefer their meat from the supermarket, while other, more Pioneering types seemingly wouldn't mind if their pie was indeed made from ears...Tongue

CarolG was intent on pouring scorn on me, for going off on some adventures, in a couple of weeks time - these images don't suddenly appear on my hard drive, you know...! I much preferred it when you started picking on each other (leaving me alone..!) and Ed started pouring scorn on Lynne - and - pensioners in general - good luck to you, mate, you're on your own, there..!!

Many of you made mincemeat of the idea of flies and dust on your meat - and even mentioned our friends at 'elf and safety (I thought them banning yoyo's in playgrounds, was priceless). But the 'throw-away' line from Brian was well thought out. Having considered the fact that Sam's Butchery had a tin roof, the meat will all be half-cooked & save a fortune on gas to cook it...Tongue

Today's 'Lunch'
Although not an especially rare bird, it is one I have only managed to observe on two occasions - once back in 2006 - V2, which shows its plumage and again a couple of weeks ago, eating Lunch (unfortunately, the other side of a bush - collecting insects and grubs). I shall never forget the first occasion (which was the last time we shared a vehicle with other tourists). An elderly American lady asked the Masai driver / guide what the name of the bird was. "It's called a Kori Bustard" came the reply from the front. "Whaaat's thaaat?" asked the American lady's husband. "It's a Caaalder Bustaaard", she said. Muffled laughter from the Brits...Blush Why is it that Americans hang on to vowels? The bird in my images, ladies and gentlemen, has henceforth been renamed, and is always referred to, as a Calder Bustard...!

Probably the largest bird able to fly, the Kori Bustard male is twice the size of the female, standing at 4ft (120cm). When alarmed, they bark and growl, like a dog. The male mates with several females and then has no interest whatsoever in their upbringing. Lucky he doesn't live in the Uk, the CSA would be down on him like a ton of bricks.

Have a Magical Monday..!


Tags: Lunch Eating Masai mara Wildlife and nature Kori bustard Nairobi National Park

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Bantu 4 7 1 India
3 Feb 2014 4:32AM
cool capture of both the variants.

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Hard to get a sense of scale, except that. In V2, clearly he has thick and exceptionally strong legs. They are both good captures, Simon. And for all their size, herbivores?

An interesting looking bird Simon. As usual great informative writeup. Great images.

Lynette Grin
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
3 Feb 2014 6:33AM
What an amazing creature, Simon, never heard of it before. Super captures of this barking, growling bird. Carol
Andysnapper 10 109 25 England
3 Feb 2014 6:39AM
What an interesting looking bird Simon, well captured.

Just a quick note though, H & S have never banned any yo-yo's from anywhere. Schools ban them because stupid insurance companies charge such high premiums that they have to try and stop anything that could even vaguely be dangerous in order to afford the premiums.
Sorry, I work in H&S and the number of these ridiculous myths that proliferate that are just a load of old b*lls really annoys me. Its insurance companies that cause the majority of these things, we just want people to be safe...rant over, back to the pictures. GrinGrinGrin
cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
3 Feb 2014 6:56AM
Sharing with tourists? Oh how common..."the dirty b*stards" (Janice & Ray - Catherine Tate show) GrinGrinGrinGrin
ukgubbi 6 5 India
3 Feb 2014 7:00AM
I have never seen this bird before. Very informative. Love v2.
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
3 Feb 2014 7:42AM
Love your intro again today, Simon: had a good old chuckle again.
And what an interesting narrative re. this I have never heard of.
Keep up the good work.
viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2014 7:48AM
What an amazing bird and great photos Simon.

nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
3 Feb 2014 7:50AM
Lovely writeup, two great shots of this proudly strutting large bird, Simon.
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2014 7:58AM
you certainly see a variety of critters where you live
not quite the same in back to back south leeds
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
3 Feb 2014 9:15AM
Wonderful shot and capture Simon. We, of course, now have the re-introduction programme currently taking place on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire to return the Great Bustard to our wildlife. They have been extinct here for many years.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
3 Feb 2014 9:18AM
More wonderful photos Simon, v2 for me, its hard to imagine how large this bird is, the odd blackbird graces my little garden how lucky you are, and we are too to enjoy your photos GrinGrin
3 Feb 2014 10:00AM
Two excellent shots, Simon!
I hear that a pair of Kori Bustards were spotted on a film set in Manchester last week!Wink
3 Feb 2014 12:10PM
Two excellent captures SImon, an interesting bird and as usual inresting info.
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2014 12:15PM
This chap seems almost prehistoric, wonderful captures Simon.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
3 Feb 2014 12:40PM
Great shots, but don't tell me it's actually eating that stick? I'm worried you are not adhering correctly to the rules of lunch (whatever they may be)!!!
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
3 Feb 2014 1:20PM
Yes,I agree with Alex here Simon.You are getting my yellow card for a foul here.Sticks are not allowed as lunch !!
Lunch must contain some blood and guts at least !!
You have been warned.
My next card will be a red one which means you will be banned from the site.
In case this happens,please send my yellow card back to me.
I will need to dip it in my vat of pigs blood to change the colour of it !!
ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2014 2:41PM
Great images, Wot no meat,

Great images, Simon. Your narrative(latter half) provides good context about this fascinating bird.

Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
3 Feb 2014 4:56PM
Two terrific images of this proud looking bird, he certainly is a big old boy. I thought you'd have brought some pies along and got your man Edu to lob them to him for lunch and then snapped him eating away. A silly sunday upload entitled "Who ate all the Pies" could be in the pipeline, I can imagine you and Edu singing the old football terrace chant at him "You fat bustard, You fat bustard, You ate all the pies!"BlushWinkGrinGrinGrinTongue
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2014 5:24PM
An impressive looking bird nicely whose mating habits make perfect sense - he does the only thing he is any use for then leaves the females in peace! I like both images. I don't think I will ever remember his proper name but Calder Bustaaaaaaard is etched on my memory forever!

By the way, health and safety did not ban yo-yos. This is a popular myth, well busted here -
Mike_Young Plus
11 12 9 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2014 7:30PM
Great pics Simon, your narrative has me in stitches, along with many of the replies Grin
richmowil Plus
9 352 2 England
3 Feb 2014 8:40PM
Nice images Simon!! V2 shows the bird off beautifully!! Very robust!! As Birds will be birds V1 was just plain awkward hiding behind the tree!! Great work, humour and info!!
bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2014 9:34PM
Some great comments here for you Simon to get your teeth in to. Great shots mate and fab narrative Rob
3 Feb 2014 10:14PM
Now that is a big bird Simon and it barks and growls. Would not fancy Stan's chances taking on that big bustard! Love all the comments. Cathy.
dark_lord Plus
14 2.1k 537 England
9 Feb 2014 8:05PM
Bustards are huge birds, perhaps when Nathan arives with his 50 mm lens you can get a contextual shot Grin

Don't you just love American tourists Wink

Quote:you certainly see a variety of critters where you live
not quite the same in back to back south leeds

Hmmn, some may dispute that GrinGrin


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