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Lunch 63

By SimonFletch  
Thank you all, for your kind Comments (and Votes) on 'Lunch 62 - The Crowned Plover'. As always, I read them with great interest and loved every one. Except, maybe, CarolG's who doubts my ability to get to heaven and intimates that my halo has slipped - oh, and Barbara, who says I'm 'wicked'...! I have no idea how those ideas popped into your head Ladies - have you never heard of Simon (Templar) "The Saint"..?! I am sure you can all see the similarity? Wink

Many liked V3, of our pretty wee Plover, 'posing' nicely for the camera. However, Lynne & Alex, don't go for (as Lynne puts it) the 'conventional concept of beauty' - and much preferred the "natural loveliness... of the Maribou Stork" in Lunch 61. You like 'em a bit rough round the edges, then, Lynne? Maybe you like your 'hunks' with lumps, bumps, humps and chunks? Sounds like fun to me... Tongue Blush When did you say you were coming over, I've got the lot..!!

Alex spotted a truly splendid Lunch image by Mike . If you haven't already seen it - this one's a 'must', folks. Alex seems very keen for me to organise a "Great EPZ Lunch competition", which would indeed by great fun and I'm sure lots of folk have some great images on their hard drives of wildlife eating something? However, I am unable to do so, because I am going to be away from EPZ for a number of weeks. My last upload will be on Sunday 16th February and you won't hear from me again until possibly Sunday 23rd March. I may just 'pop in', between travels, but only briefly. Also, no upload from me tomorrow, Saturdays are Game Park days.. Grin

On Lighting:
Bill suggested that the light looked harsh (but thanks for the compliment, Bill). Yes, the image was taken at mid-day and the African sun is very unforgiving when it's in its zenith. Hard shadows are naturally made directly downward and the extremely bright light plays havoc with any feather (or fur) detail, especially on light coloured birds and beasts. I usually spot-meter on the lightest part (when the damn subject stands still..!) and ETTR - and if anyone has any thoughts on this one, I'll be delighted to hear them.

'Today's 'Lunch'
Is my penultimate upload of The Black-shouldered Kite. Seen here, with fur stuck to his beak, tearing chunks out of its prey, swallowing a whole leg (I like the fact he has his eye shut..!) and generally looking like the fine predator that he is. If anyone would like to view previous versions, they are, in order - Lunch 48 , Lunch 51 and Lunch 57 . I hope you enjoy them, but some are a little 'gory'. A warning for those of a delicate nature..!

Have a Fantastic Friday, everyone..!

Simon

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

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Comments


Bantu Plus
3 7 1 India
7 Feb 2014 4:08AM
Lovely capture of all variants.I can also see the hard work involved in the captures.

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jaktis Plus
13 84 Sweden
7 Feb 2014 4:30AM
Impressive especially with v4 as an end to this aaction

Peter
Stunning set of images, Simon. Superb captures. V4 is outstanding as its eye/tongue appear to be saying "I've enjoyed the meal".

Fred
CarolG Plus
10 199 20 Greece
7 Feb 2014 5:54AM
He's certainly enjoying every bite of his meal in this fine set, Simon, all superb captures. So, off on your travels again, and this time for one whole month, what will we all do without our early morning 'Fletch Fix' SadWink Carol
Andysnapper 8 109 25 England
7 Feb 2014 6:38AM
Not sure you should be allowed to go of on 'travels' what about the rest of us, selfish , that's what it is.

Anyway, another excellent set, gore to the fore but none the worse for that. Top work as always Simon and enjoy your trip mate.

Andy
Caziwinkles 4 3 1 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2014 7:03AM
Looking quite full and self satisfied in V4. Hope he cleaned his teeth well! Super shots.
Enjoy your travels! Smile

Carol
7 Feb 2014 7:29AM
Don't get up to too much mischief whilst away
It seems like you will miss my lunch piccy today.....
Mike_Young 10 12 9 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2014 8:00AM
This set continues to be an excellent example of wildlife reportage, each image could also stand on its own. I'm so impressed with them and more than a little envious of your skill in converting your opportunities into brilliant images.
7 Feb 2014 8:22AM
wonderful series again Simon, great capture on the red eye, have a good day on your travels again ! GrinGrin lucky you getting away from all the rain and more rain

Patty
viscostatic 10 35 5 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2014 8:28AM
An excellent sequence of this magnificent bird and its red eye Simon.

Phil.
richmowil Plus
8 320 2 England
7 Feb 2014 9:07AM
V4 is my favorite of these very good images!! The eye and stare is stunning!! Its obviously seen you and thought - dessert!! Have a good one!!
Super set of images Simon, V4 a slight favourite,
Fred.
Lillian Plus
7 22 17 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2014 10:00AM
It's the eye Simon
are you trying to keep an eye on us maybe..while away!!
lovely set but V4 for me
Lillian
ali63 Plus
5 761 1 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2014 11:10AM
Great wildlife images, have a good trip, I have uploaded a Lunch image today, not sure if you will get to see it SmileSmileSmile

Ali
JuBarney Plus
5 20 3 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2014 2:35PM
Splendid lunch shots
Ju
Maiwand Plus
10 3 72 England
7 Feb 2014 2:56PM
Another wonderful shot of the Kite Simon. A real natural history shot.GrinGrinGrin
Ron
cats_123 Plus
13 4.6k 27 Northern Ireland
7 Feb 2014 3:02PM
The manners ..............These `fast food' joints have a lot to answer for....Never speak with your mouth open or full!!!! WinkGrinGrin
LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2014 3:20PM
Great set, love the epicurean action shots, V's 2 & 3.

"Maybe you like your 'hunks' with lumps, bumps, humps and chunks? Sounds like fun to me... Tongue Blush When did you say you were coming over, I've got the lot..!!" How nice of you to guess my preferences with this quote. In view of this I fully expect you to arrange viewings of camels, warthogs and elephants when I do come over. They have the kind of lumps, bumps, humps and chunks that really turn me on!!!
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
7 Feb 2014 3:53PM
A terrific set of images which will be your penultimate ones before you take an extended lunch break from epz!Wink I'm sure you will have a great time travelling and will regale us with your escapades upon your return.Smile
Quote:He's certainly enjoying every bite of his meal in this fine set, Simon, all superb captures. So, off on your travels again, and this time for one whole month, what will we all do without our early morning 'Fletch Fix' SadWink Carol
I'm sure you will be able to cope Carol, AdeOsman will soon be back on site to keep you entertained

. It'll be like one clown replacing another!Grin I imagine it will be complete chaos on here when Simon returns and they are both about, it will be like "Dumb and Dumber!"Tongue
7 Feb 2014 3:59PM
The lst one is great!
7 Feb 2014 4:28PM
Fabulous as always Simon. Enjoy your travels GrinGrin

Kathryn
7 Feb 2014 10:38PM
Great shots Simon but yucky! You will be missed when you are on your travels! Cathy
dark_lord Plus
12 1.9k 364 England
8 Feb 2014 10:50PM
Nice set, and something we'll miss. But I'm sure five weeks or so will go quickly. Five weeks ago was new year and that seems no time at all!
V3 looks like it's really struggling. V4 should go some way to satisfy the gore lovers Grin

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