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?
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...
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..
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.
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..!
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