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Lunch 62

By SimonFletch  
Thank you all, for your interesting, informative and inimitable Comments (and Votes) for yesterday's 'Lunch - The Marabou Stork'. My very special Thank You goes to Lillian , for her highly treasured User Award.

Yes, Alex, Lunch is a great topic and I really love to see others 'imbibing' in this most satisfying practice. There was a good one by Ed , a couple of days ago - and do let me know if I've missed any others.

What's all this, about some of you 'warning' me about Lynne? A "terrifying proposition", Ed...? I thought Lynne's Comment yesterday was truly enthralling, nothing to worry me there. All she said was "Ah, I've sussed where you live now so you are no longer safe" - doesn't worry me, Lynne, come over any time, you'll be made very welcome. Just make sure you're wearing your makeup. Don't want you scaring the natives Wink

Many of you seemed to like Lynne's "avian doppelgänger", with Jeff thinking it was a "supermodel" (You could be in with a chance there, Lynne - he's very rich & his eyesight is obviously poor - but his sense of humour is awful..!). Ali says "I think he is rather handsome"... Alex says "I love maribou storks"... Rob admits that it's a "good looking bird" ...have you all gone completely bonkers?

At least Phil saved the day "A bit like myself prettier from a distance". You and me, both, mate. I've got a face that frightens small children...!

Today's 'Lunch'
A Crowned Plover, pecking away at tiny insects in the grass. All of a sudden, he dashes across the ground and thrusts his head fully into the roots, at a 90 degree angle - it looks hilarious and I hope my V2 shows this to advantage. The other versions are simply to show his gangly walk and his 'Monk haircut'..! The Crowned Plover (or Crowned Lapwing, as it's sometimes known) is a bird with a total length of 12" (30cm), lives in pairs or groups. Nests are made on the ground (thank goodness for that, CarolG..?!) and anyone walking close, will flush the birds - and encounter a dive-bombing session...!

Have a Thundering Good Thursday, everyone...!

PS: STOP PRESS!! Mike and Ed have both got great Lunch images today..!! Ed's is more For Lunch, though Wink
I also found one from Dave ( ugly ), which is an absolute stunner..!

Tags: Lunch Eating Crowned plover Wildlife and nature Nairobi National Park Crowned Lapwing

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Bantu 4 7 1 India
6 Feb 2014 4:35AM
Lovely capture,the reason i enjoy your captures is your hard work involved in the captures.

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ukgubbi 6 5 India
6 Feb 2014 5:36AM
V3- great pose and expression , v4- lovely closeup. Great set Simon. Well done.
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
6 Feb 2014 6:25AM
Another fine set, Simon, love V.4, showing off his beautiful angelic halo, something I don't think you will manage to achieve, after reading some of the comments above WinkGrin Carol
bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2014 6:27AM
Excellent captures Simon . Will pm you later
Andysnapper 10 109 25 England
6 Feb 2014 6:31AM
Excellent set Simon, a handsome little bird and you can see the plover-iness, very similar to our peewit/lapwing/green plover.

Mike_Young Plus
11 12 9 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2014 7:21AM
Lovely Plover shots, great to see you used a low view point on V1-3 which shows them at their best.
6 Feb 2014 8:08AM
Excellent captures Simon,
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2014 8:17AM
Beautiful ornithological imagery capturing this beautiful bird magnificently. Image number three for me please Simon.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2014 8:19AM
A pretty little bird Simon which has clearly found something worth eating in V2. My favourite is v3 though with that alert pose.

barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2014 8:28AM
your write up verges on being wicked .....GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Great set of images, Simon. v3 & v4 are my faves.
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
6 Feb 2014 8:54AM
A lovely set, Simon. V4 is my favourite, a very sympathetic portrait of this lovely and funny bird.
cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
6 Feb 2014 9:31AM
my eyesight may be poor, but I never did like salad!! WinkGrinGrinGrin
6 Feb 2014 9:50AM
All lovely Simon, V4 for me too. Love the write up too always cheers me up. Have a good day too

Best wishes to you Patty Grin
richmowil Plus
9 352 2 England
6 Feb 2014 10:22AM
Very nice set of images Simon!! It does look like very harsh light!! Even so, you have managed to portray the bird well!! V3 and V4 are favs!! Have a good one!!
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
6 Feb 2014 11:28AM
Perfect images Simon. Excellent series.GrinGrinGrinGrin
6 Feb 2014 2:03PM
Wonderful set Simon. V4 for me GrinGrin

LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2014 2:11PM
Four very well taken shots of a very pretty bird in the limited, rather conventional sense. I see it has with full make up carefully applied in V's 1 & 4. Obviously it hadn't got around to putting it's make up on in V3, hence the pose. The Marabou Stork, on the other hand, had the confidence to pose unadorned, confident that we who are not restricted by the conventional concept of beauty would appreciate its natural loveliness.

Don't worry Simon, if I do come to visit I will ensure that I wear my make up so as not to scare the crocodiles!
ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2014 3:38PM
4 great images Simon,

Ali Grin
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
6 Feb 2014 4:06PM
A cracking quartet Simon of which v3 and v4 are the pick
dark_lord Plus
14 2.1k 538 England
6 Feb 2014 8:28PM
V3 and V4 for me too.
However, I like V2 as it shows that 90 degree angle you mention - it's a shot that needs explanation but sometimes that's the case especially with behavioural shots.
A great set Simon. V4 for me. Cathy
Here's a Lunch image that's slipped under your radar!!! I really think you need to organise a Great EPZ Lunch competition!!!
Great shots today - still I don't think the crowned plover is as impressive as that beautiful stork though!!!
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2014 9:56AM
No way Alex..he would be using everything we produce as lunch for his...!
great set by the way Simon

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