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Lunch 61

By SimonFletch  
Thank you kindly, for your comments (and votes) on yesterday's 'Lunch - The Bronze Mannikin'. I see it was a case of 'Handbags at 3 paces' from Lynne. I'm not taking you on, Lynne - I know yours is full of dumbbells...! Wink

Many seemed to like the image showing the 'rear end' of the bird - and Alex (no need to apologise, Alex - you set off a lot of other troublemakers, without whom, I wouldn't have any material, to get my teeth into, as Rob so aptly puts it..!), where was I, oh yes, Alex, suggested that every upload should have a 'bum shot' in it. You're just trying to get me thrown off epz, aren't you? Anyway, most of my images are 'bum shots'..!! Although Mick didn't approve of the 'bum shot' - he prefers his, in little pink shorts..!

CarolG has high hopes of an upload of me climbing a tree, to inspect birds nests and verify the colour and quantities of eggs. If you'd like to hop on a 'plane and come and give me a leg-up, I'm game, if you are, Carol. Let's just say, it would need to be a tree with a trunk of at least a foot thick...!

Today's 'Lunch'
Down at the dam, in Nairobi National Park, congregate a very large number of Marabou Storks, amongst a number of other species. Looking like old men, who have forgotten to take the coat-hanger out of their shabby raincoats, before putting them on, they shuffle around and are not in the least bit photogenic. That is, until they fly - a most magnificent sight..! Their large wings enable them to soar up on the thermals and watching them is quite breathtaking. They have an inflateable pink air sac in front of the neck and a smaller one on the hindneck. A predator bird, it feeds from carrion and human rubbish. It also catches small fish and reptiles. I have a couple of uploads in store and today's two versions, I hope, shows this strange looking bird's plumage and features off, while having a spot of Lunch.

Have a Wonderous Wednesday, everyone..!


Tags: Bird Lunch Eating Marabou stork Wildlife and nature Nairobi National Park

Voters: FrancisChiles, LynneJoyce, Lynniesefforts and 38 more

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LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2014 4:39AM
Ah, I've sussed where you live now so you are no longer safe!!!

What a splendid creature you have captured here and what an interesting description. I disagree about it not being photogenic. On the contrary, V2 gives testimony to the fact that it has eschewed all the face cream adverts and accepted its appearance gracefully!

I love the gloss on the wings and the water action in V1 but my favourite has to be my avian doppelgänger in V2.

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Bantu 4 7 1 India
5 Feb 2014 4:56AM
Very lovely closeup with perfection.
ukgubbi 6 5 India
5 Feb 2014 4:58AM
Nice narration, Simon. Great set. V2 -is a stunner.
Two stunning images, Simon. Great narrative too,
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
5 Feb 2014 6:30AM
What a strange looking bird, Simon, but he has a certain appeal to him, especially in V.2, with that apology for a wig perched atop his forehead Smile Carol
Andysnapper 9 109 25 England
5 Feb 2014 6:38AM
A bird that won me £200 in a quiz. The last set of questions was a picture round of birds and I was the only one who knew the Marabou Stork, won by a point....woot.

Anyway, 2 great shots Simon, nature always designs things to fit a niche and it may not have the looks but it has everything else to survive in its own natural environment.

cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
5 Feb 2014 7:08AM
V2 without a doubt....a supermodel if ever I saw one GrinGrinGrin
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2014 7:40AM
You obviously don't know Lynne........handbag?????
I don't think so
You have been warned!!!!!Wink
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2014 8:26AM
you are featured e2 piccy at this minute.
viscostatic 11 35 5 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2014 8:35AM
Great images Simon but not the best of models. A bit like myself prettier from a distance.

5 Feb 2014 8:54AM
Not a very pretty bird! Two amazing captures though Simon GrinGrin

5 Feb 2014 8:56AM
Fantastic bird captures again, great close ups , never seen a bum shot yet from you Simon GrinGrinGrin

best wishes to you Patty
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
5 Feb 2014 9:16AM
V1 for me Simon with that wonderful plumage display.GrinGrinGrinGrin
V2 I would not like to meet on a dark night !!!
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
5 Feb 2014 10:04AM
Two tremendous images of this huge bird, his wing span is most impressive and his beak looks razor sharp.
Quote:V1 for me Simon with that wonderful plumage display.GrinGrinGrinGrin
V2 I would not like to meet on a dark night !!!

I think our Simon would rather meet him after dark than Lynne Joyce who is a much more terrifying proposition!WinkGrinTongue
Mike_Young Plus
11 12 9 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2014 10:30AM
Superb shots here Simon, V1 timing is perfect
ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2014 11:14AM
Super images Simon, I think he is rather handsome,

Ali SmileSmile
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
5 Feb 2014 12:42PM
C'mon Simon,you are giving us males a bad name here.
What man use a COATHANGER ?
Our coats are thrown over a chair for our wives to hang up !!
I enjoy your uploads,but please be more accurate with your narratives !!
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
5 Feb 2014 4:28PM
The bir is ugly, but interesting, and the shots are of great quality, Simon.
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
5 Feb 2014 5:37PM
I like the spreaded wings

5 Feb 2014 5:56PM
Excellent captures in great detail and from great points of view, Simon!
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2014 7:50PM
Great action captured in V1 really brilliant
And like V2 for that close encounter
Two great shots Simon but definitely not handsome! Cathy
Brian65 8 2 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2014 9:03PM
2 top notch images Simon.
5 Feb 2014 10:06PM
I love maribou storks - especially the way they kneel down 'backwards'.
V2 my fav of these.
Have you noticed there is at least one new entrant in the Great EPZ Lunch competition today? They are keeping you on your toes!
Where's today's bum shot then???
bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2014 10:25PM
Firstly Simon lets get down to business mighty fine shots of this good looking bird Smile well according to Alex, well the shots are good don't know about good lookingBlush
Secondly brave man or fool for taking on Lynnejoyce being a gambling man I know who I'm betting on Tongue
And thirdly ( if that's a word ) what are doing looking at men in shabby overcoats Blush to compare birds with, Ohh I do worry for you sometimes mate Tongue
dark_lord Plus
14 2.1k 525 England
8 Feb 2014 11:44PM
V1 is a super shot in terms of the pose. I like the way the splaying of the legs mirrors the splaying of th ewings. The water dripping off th ebeak just makes it.
However, V2 is possibly my favourite (I haven't made my mind up completley Smile) as it shows what an ugly thing it really is Grin
Talk of bum shots and old men in shabby raincoats Blush

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