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A sincere Thank You for all your Comments and Votes for 'Lunch 64 - The Wee Chap', which seemed to pull as many heartstrings, as delight you with his cheery smile. Quite rightly, I was admonished by a few, for only giving the lad one sweet...! We were standing around the corner from the school entrance at the time and many children got sweets, it's just that this wee chap's smile was so outstanding, that I took his picture.

We have also visited villages, in many places in Kenya, way out of town, which usually have a single, small shop. The shop sells single sweets, but rarely is there sufficient budget in these families pockets, for such a luxury. It's a wonderful indulgence, to buy up all the packets of sweets and hand them out to a growing mass of children and their Mums. It is quite amazing, how fast word spreads, that a mad Mzungu (mah-zun-gu = white person) is handing out free sweets...! Within three minutes, not a child in the village is missing from the sea of waving hands and it's quite a job to ensure that each hand only gets one sweet - it becomes a battle of wits, to get to the smaller children at the back..!

Rob summed up the thoughts of many "....sometimes the less you have, the happier you are". There isn't the peer-pressure in Kenya, that there is in the developed world - but it is increasingly becoming more evident in the cities.

Today's 'Lunch'
The large dam in Nairobi's National Park, has provided me with a number of Lunch images. Pictured here, is an African Spoonbill. It sweeps its spoon-shaped bill from side to side and back and forth, while disturbing the bottom with its feet. It eats aquatic insects, molluscs, small fish and frogs. A large bird of around 36" (90cm) in length, it has an unusual way of sitting down and roosting, as you may see in V2. The third version shows its unusual bill and its plumage.

Have a Mirthfull Monday everyone ...!

Simon

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkIII
Lens:EF300mm f/2.8L IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:1 Feb 2014 - 3:44 PM
Focal Length:300mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/7.1
Shutter Speed:1/1000sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Lunch 65
Username:SimonFletch SimonFletch
Uploaded:10 Feb 2014 - 2:45 AM
Tags:African spoonbill, Bird, Eating, Lunch, Nairobi National Park, Wildlife / nature
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debu
debu  5 India
10 Feb 2014 - 3:05 AM

Lovely set of images.
debu

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Bantu  2 India
10 Feb 2014 - 3:46 AM

All the captures with perfection,lovely.

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10 Feb 2014 - 4:52 AM

Great set. V3 is outstanding.

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CarolG
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10 Feb 2014 - 6:28 AM

A trio of excellent images, Simon, love V.3, showing the spoonbill waxing his plumage. Carol

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10 Feb 2014 - 6:37 AM

A remarkable bird Simon and these show it off very well. We had one lodge at a local pond 4 or 5 years ago, they are a large bird and it is very interesting to watch them sweep a pond with that oversize bill. Excellent series.

Andy

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Caziwinkles
10 Feb 2014 - 6:55 AM

Shaking his tail feather in V3 - love it! Great images Simon. Smile

Carol

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10 Feb 2014 - 7:02 AM

Stunning set of images, Simon. Great narrative too.

Fred

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10 Feb 2014 - 7:08 AM

Super set Simon, V1 my favourite, excellent detail,
Fred.

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termite53
termite53  2 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2014 - 7:20 AM

Love v3, great set

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10 Feb 2014 - 7:26 AM

Whoah!!V 3 is outstanding

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10 Feb 2014 - 8:43 AM

Wonderful series, they are all superb, V3 made me smile SmileSmile wonderful write up Simon once again. GrinGrin

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10 Feb 2014 - 8:50 AM

Just how I had my porridge this morning GrinGrin

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10 Feb 2014 - 9:35 AM

Outstanding images Simon you have captured them very well love V3,

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10 Feb 2014 - 1:21 PM

Like the way they are ''sat back'' in V2 brilliant
V3 what can one say..has to be doneBlush
and a great lead shot Simon
Liullian

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10 Feb 2014 - 1:26 PM

A great pre-narratove followed by three rather magnificent captures of this beautiful Spoonbill, each crammed packed with great colour and detail. Image three for me please.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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LynneJoyce
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10 Feb 2014 - 3:27 PM

A delightful set from which V3 is my favourite.

You make an interesting comment about life being happier without peer pressure. Is that because the Kenyans are not subjected to the media that creates expectations in the first place?

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10 Feb 2014 - 3:55 PM

Fabulous captures Simon. Love V3 GrinGrin

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10 Feb 2014 - 4:42 PM

A superb trio of Spoonbills Simon. Top class.GrinGrinGrinGrin
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10 Feb 2014 - 5:13 PM

A terrific trio of spoonbill images Simon, with v3 being the stand out shot. The spoonbill in v3 reminds me of Rod Stewart!Blush

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10 Feb 2014 - 5:42 PM

Beautiful shots
Ju

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10 Feb 2014 - 5:47 PM

Wonderful captures in great detail and beautiful presentation, Simon!
Regards,
George

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10 Feb 2014 - 6:01 PM

A brilliant trio Simon, but V3 is really outstanding.
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10 Feb 2014 - 6:59 PM

V3 is my favourite here too.

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10 Feb 2014 - 7:32 PM

Great poses in v2

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10 Feb 2014 - 10:09 PM

Great set Simon. Love the way they sit down but I guess it's the only way with those legs. This site is brilliant for learning about different things! Cathy

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10 Feb 2014 - 10:31 PM

I never noticed that we both do lunchtime images. The only difference is that I post some in another group, not here.
Am positively jealous what sort of variety you find @ lunch Smile

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11 Feb 2014 - 5:43 AM

Three wonderful images Simon.. As has been said V3 is outstanding!!

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viscostatic
11 Feb 2014 - 8:40 AM

There are some amazing creatures on this planet Simon each adapted to do best in its own environment. This is clearly illustrated by this bill and the strange sitting position. Great images, V1 being my favourite.

Phil.

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12 Feb 2014 - 6:03 AM

Cracking set of good sharp images my friend Smile
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cheesey  9 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2014 - 2:40 PM

Lovely light and detail. Great shots.
Cheesey.

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