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Lunch 65

By SimonFletch  
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 ...!


Tags: Bird Lunch Eating African spoonbill Wildlife and nature Nairobi National Park

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debu 8 India
10 Feb 2014 3:05AM
Lovely set of images.

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Bantu 4 7 1 India
10 Feb 2014 3:46AM
All the captures with perfection,lovely.
ukgubbi 6 5 India
10 Feb 2014 4:52AM
Great set. V3 is outstanding.
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
10 Feb 2014 6:28AM
A trio of excellent images, Simon, love V.3, showing the spoonbill waxing his plumage. Carol
Andysnapper 10 109 25 England
10 Feb 2014 6:37AM
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.

Caziwinkles 5 3 1 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2014 6:55AM
Shaking his tail feather in V3 - love it! Great images Simon. Smile

Stunning set of images, Simon. Great narrative too.

10 Feb 2014 7:08AM
Super set Simon, V1 my favourite, excellent detail,
termite53 5 8 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2014 7:20AM
Love v3, great set
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2014 7:26AM
Whoah!!V 3 is outstanding
10 Feb 2014 8:43AM
Wonderful series, they are all superb, V3 made me smile SmileSmile wonderful write up Simon once again. GrinGrin

cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
10 Feb 2014 8:50AM
Just how I had my porridge this morning GrinGrin
ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2014 9:35AM
Outstanding images Simon you have captured them very well love V3,

Ali GrinGrin
Lillian Plus
9 22 17 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2014 1:21PM
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
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2014 1:26PM
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
LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2014 3:27PM
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?
10 Feb 2014 3:55PM
Fabulous captures Simon. Love V3 GrinGrin

Maiwand 11 3 73 England
10 Feb 2014 4:42PM
A superb trio of Spoonbills Simon. Top class.GrinGrinGrinGrin
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
10 Feb 2014 5:13PM
A terrific trio of spoonbill images Simon, with v3 being the stand out shot. The spoonbill in v3 reminds me of Rod Stewart!Blush
JuBarney 7 26 3 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2014 5:42PM
Beautiful shots
10 Feb 2014 5:47PM
Wonderful captures in great detail and beautiful presentation, Simon!
10 Feb 2014 6:01PM
A brilliant trio Simon, but V3 is really outstanding.
dark_lord Plus
14 2.2k 540 England
10 Feb 2014 6:59PM
V3 is my favourite here too.
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
10 Feb 2014 7:32PM
Great poses in v2

10 Feb 2014 10:09PM
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
annettep38 Plus
7 218 40 Costa Rica
10 Feb 2014 10:31PM
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
Three wonderful images Simon.. As has been said V3 is outstanding!!

Lynette Grin
viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2014 8:40AM
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.

bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2014 6:03AM
Cracking set of good sharp images my friend Smile
cheesey 12 2 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2014 2:40PM
Lovely light and detail. Great shots.

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