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Lunch 60

By SimonFletch  
"Ladles and Jellyspoons, I come before you, to stand behind you, to tell you something I know nothing about...". My good friend, Andy, put me in mind of this famous poem, when he got the bit between his teeth about H&S. "It's the stupid Insurance Companies fault, for schools banning yoyos in School playgrounds - due to the high premiums they charge...". I stand corrected, Andy. I guess, "if enough mud is thrown, some of it sticks". Much later on, Lynne managed to put her knitting down and give us a very good (and amusing Smile ) link to the H&S website, which lists 10 'howlers', one of which, is.... yoyos being banned from School playgrounds...Blush

Uh-ho, I see Alex is back. Her last throwaway line, about Edu, my driver, getting a bonus, every time he spotted a Lunch image, caused me no end of grief, when Edu called round to view his 'moment of fame' on epz. Now she chucks in a line about me possibly "not adhering correctly to the rules of lunch" and "that Calder Bustaaard is eating a stick". Enter the 'Wolves of epz' - Mick (go stick your yellow card, where you can't hear the clock tick, mate..!!), (Ali, you surprise me..!!) and Ed (not surprised in the least). My simple retort to you four troublemakers is contained in today's upload...!!!

Cathy showed concern about Stan the Man "taking on the Calder Bustaaard". No, Cathy, I have it all worked out. We shall make a saddle for Stan, then the pair of them can go round, growling and barking at any epz troublemakers...!!! SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

Today's 'Lunch'
Yesterday's upload was a difficult enough image to take, when my quarry was hiding behind a stick. Today's was nigh on impossible. These 6" long (including the tail) Bronze Mannikin birds were deep into grassland, eating grass seeds (no blood and no guts - do please behave) in the Nairobi National Park, last Saturday, when often there was no light (have you found another shilling, for your meter yet, Lynne?). Their nest is a large domed grass structure in a tree and they lay about half a dozen white eggs. They also build communal roosting nests, which are used overnight - then dismantled and rebuilt daily...!
V1: The lower, thick mandible acts like a nut-cracker, to crunch seeds open.
V2: The top, thinner mandible is shaped to pick seeds out of their fronds.
V3: Showing off his plumage & holding the grass frond with one claw.
V4: Is dedicated to Alex, Mick, Ali and Ed.
V5: Is not a Bronze V4 Wink

Have a Thunderously Good Tuesday, everyone...!


Tags: Bird Lunch Eating Kenya Wildlife and nature Nairobi National Park Bronze Mannikin

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This is one of your smaller lunches, Simon......take a a lot of those to fill up.


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Bantu 4 7 1 India
4 Feb 2014 4:36AM
I enjoy and learn a lot from your capture,because every time they are perfect.
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
4 Feb 2014 5:25AM
V1,V2 and V3 are excellent images, Simon. I refrain from commenting on V4 and V5 and leave it to those they are dedicated to.Wink
Andysnapper 10 109 25 England
4 Feb 2014 6:42AM
A great set and, as usual, an entertaining, amusing and sometimes just plain daft write up. V3 is a spectacularly good shot and V5 is a fine response to the naysayers and n'er-do-wells who believe that animals eat sticks...pah, the fools, they make whistles out of them, everyone knows that.GrinGrinGrin

CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
4 Feb 2014 7:00AM
So these enchanting little birds make their nests in trees and lay about half a dozen white eggs, Simon, are we going to see some images of you climbing said tree and peeping into the nest to count how many eggs and what colour they are?Wink My favourite from the set is V.4, showing the beautiful bum plumage (thought you were trying to capture what happens within about 10 minutes of eating a grass seed) Grin Carol
LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2014 7:11AM
Lovely set from which the bum shot, V4, is my favourite because the bird is showing you the contempt you deserve for making those rude comments about me. Please note, I have better things to do with my life than knit!
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2014 7:24AM
You are at a peak with this set.
Going to keep my mouth shut tho'
Great set of images, Simon. I agree with Barb's comments above tho..
cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
4 Feb 2014 7:39AM
Hiding behind a stick is not good for humans, they are rarely stick thin, so the bird must think you are a bald eagle or something and clearly not a preadtor and just carries on pecking!! WinkGrinGrin
viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2014 8:04AM
Despite the difficulties Simon you have still got a great set of images here showing the sequence of the bird feeding and its habitat.

Ted447 Plus
5 213 1 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2014 8:45AM
Great set of images. Ted. GrinGrin
4 Feb 2014 8:48AM
Great set Simon, v3 for me and so glad you pointed out in V5 the bug or I wouldn't have seen it GrinGrin only one eye works now !
Lovely colours of these birds.
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
4 Feb 2014 8:57AM
Great shots Simon. V3 is an absolute beauty.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2014 9:00AM
Great set SimonSmile . catch up with you later mate.
ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2014 9:01AM
Brilliant images with your usual humour keep up the good work Simon SmileSmile

Have to apologise - I can now see the bug that is being eaten by the bustard, and am sorry I doubted your adherence to the rules!!!
I like these shots, always good to get a shot of a bird in a challenging environment, and you've done very well - if it was easy then it wouldn't be much fun would it? I also like the bum shot - every good set should have one!!!
ukgubbi 6 5 India
4 Feb 2014 3:15PM
Great set. V3 my fav
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2014 3:36PM
Love the humour first and then a very close follow up with V3
Nothing stops you does it?
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
4 Feb 2014 4:08PM
I think something has been lost in translation here Simon ?
This is NOT the type of birds behinds I prefer to see !!
And talking of translations.
I am away to Google and see what ''myopic'' means !!
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2014 4:51PM
Brilliant, both great photography and wit...

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
richmowil Plus
9 352 2 England
4 Feb 2014 6:25PM
An excellent set of fine images Simon!! V3 for me today!! Have a good one!!
4 Feb 2014 6:33PM

Quote:Brilliant, both great photography and wit...

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

Nathan beat me to it with his comment Grin
Love your photography and your humour has me in stiches GrinGrin

Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
4 Feb 2014 7:11PM
A fine set of images and a humorous narrative to accompany them, you are indeed a fellow of infinite jestGrin
"Cathy showed concern about Stan the Man "taking on the Calder Bustaaard". No, Cathy, I have it all worked out. We shall make a saddle for Stan, then the pair of them can go round, growling and barking at any epz troublemakers...!!!"

Simon - Stan needs no help to sort out troublemakers!!!

That said great images and great comments as per usual. Cathy
Mike_Young Plus
11 12 9 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2014 9:59PM
Cracking shots of this lovely little bird
4 Feb 2014 11:14PM
Brilliant set of images and great humor, Simon.
Great images Simon.. have a good Wednesday.

Lynette Grin
dark_lord Plus
14 2.2k 540 England
9 Feb 2014 6:52PM
Another informative set.
I'm slowly catching up wwith all the images Smile

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