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Lunch 66

By SimonFletch  
My sincere Thanks to all who Commented (and Voted) on 'Lunch 65 - The African Spoonbill', I am delighted you liked him so much..!

About Kenya
Lynne referred to my narrative, regarding 'peer-pressure' in Kenya and asked if it's "because the Kenyans are not subjected to the media that creates expectations in the first place?" Kenyans are as well, if not better, informed by all manner of media as any in developed countries. As well as all the media we have, they also talk to one another in the streets and at rallys, spreading information in a way unknown in 'our world'. Nairobi, its capital, is only one hundred years old and grows at a faster pace than you can imagine (without a proper water supply..!). Kenya has been independent for only fifty years - the first President's wife, Mama Ngina Kenyatta is one of the richest people in the world. Her son, the current President, Uhuru Kenyatta, is awaiting trial at the ICC (International Criminal Court), regarding the violence following the 2007/8 elections. Kenya is still a moving platform of violence and corruption, but there is always a politician promising hope... No different then, to many developed countries..?!

About Spoonbills
Several of you were fascinated by the way Spoonbills sit down and roost. Marabou Storks do much the same and are often found in close-by colonies. The image of the Spoonbill preening its rear end seemed to fascinate and Ed said it reminded him of Rod Stewart - must be the hairstyle?! Andy has seen one 'lodge at a local pond' and I had no idea they visited the UK. May have been visiting one of Rod Stewart's concerts, Andy? Jeff cracks me up with his one-liners..."Just how I had my porridge this morning" - I can even imagine it, with a dollop of strawberry jam on his nose...!

Today's 'Lunch'
I know, before I start, that this one will not be popular with those who are not fond of Monkeys, but we watched a wildlife program on TV last night, concerning the Olive Baboon, which was both enthralling and sad (so I had to give these images an airing). A Mother Olive Baboon was nursing a sick youngster and would not involve herself with other Mums, due to the 'disgrace' of not having a fit new member for the troupe. The youngster died, but the mother carried it around, under her body, for three months, so as not to lose face.... Kleenex, please...

Feeding on fruit from bushes in Nairobi National Park, I liked the way they used their dexterous fingers, to carefully prise their meal from between thorns. If you look closely at V1, a seed has been spat out...!

Have a Tremendous Tuesday, everyone ...!

Simon

Tags: Lunch Eating Wildlife and nature Olive baboon Nairobi National Park

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Comments


LynneJoyce Plus
7 20 99 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2014 3:38AM
A very endearing set with a sadly compelling narrative. It seems that while the children you referred to in your previous post are not victims of peer pressure, Olive Baboons are.

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Bantu Plus
2 6 1 India
11 Feb 2014 3:39AM
Simon you have the habit of doing thing perfectly,superb closeup.
jaktis Plus
12 84 Sweden
11 Feb 2014 5:13AM
A very interesting write up and great pictures also

Peter
Such a beauty this one is.. Blends so well with the foliage.. Another great set Simon The narrative was sad though, the poor mum!! I agree with what Nathan said so eloquently.

Lynette Grin
CarolG Plus
9 193 18 Greece
11 Feb 2014 6:31AM
A sad story, Simon, but I still don't like monkeys Wink Carol
Andysnapper 7 109 25 England
11 Feb 2014 6:35AM
I like monkeys, remind me of many people I have met over the years...

A lovely set Simon and a sad tale, but proof once again that we are not so far removed from our cousins in the trees.

Andy
cats_123 Plus
12 4.5k 26 Northern Ireland
11 Feb 2014 6:47AM
The tears are flowing here.....but I'm not a vegetarian and I would need my fruit hand-picked by Nigella Lawson WinkGrinGrinGrinGrinBlush
Caziwinkles 3 3 1 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2014 6:55AM
Looks like he is keeping watch in V1. Smile
11 Feb 2014 8:35AM
Super images Simon, excellent detail in all,
Fred.
viscostatic 9 33 5 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2014 8:45AM
Excellent images Simon and a sad story but amazing how these creatures interact socially.

Phil.
11 Feb 2014 8:47AM
First of all Simon thank you for the lovely user award, quite unexpected, Once again you have posted some wonderful images and information too, How sad that the monkey carried the dead baby around, I am always so interested to read about the life you have in Kenya,
Super photos Simon, have a good day, I am trying to kick the habit too , one for the cook , one for the pot! GrinGrin Patty
ali63 Plus
4 737 1 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2014 9:36AM
A lovely set, your narrative is so sad that poor mummy monkey, I find it fascinating how animals mourn their lost young particularity the Elephants, keep up the good work Simon,

Ali SmileSmile
dark_lord Plus
12 1.8k 291 England
11 Feb 2014 12:38PM
Another good set.
Funny how an image makes you remember things from way back. In my first couple of years at secondary school we had several lessons based around a wildlife documentary on baboons.However, I don't recall the exact species, only the American narrator describing them as 'baaabooons' Grin
Keith
NDODS Plus
5 4.9k 125 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2014 4:17PM
Three most endearing and beautifully observed and captured images Simon. I particularly like image number three "Wonderful balance and dexterity"

Regards NathanGrinGrinGrin
11 Feb 2014 6:07PM
Great documentary images, Simon!
Regards,
George
Glostopcat Plus
10 255 2 England
11 Feb 2014 6:22PM
A wonderful set of wildlife images and an interesting and rather sad narrative to accompany it Simon. The baboon in v1 looks slightly sheepish, perhaps that is because he/she has been caught spitting seeds out on camera!Wink
Stunning set of images, Simon. Compelling narrative.

Fred
11 Feb 2014 7:59PM
Fabulous Simon. Wonderful images and write up accompanying it GrinGrin

Kathryn
Mike_Young 9 12 9 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2014 8:54PM
Great images Simon, and as usual your narrative is a mix of interesting amusing and today... sad.
11 Feb 2014 9:42PM
That is so sad - about the mother Olive Baboon. Great set Simon. Cathy
mikbee 9 3 8 Scotland
11 Feb 2014 11:08PM
Yes,a troubled country indeed with violence and corruption Simon.
I sometimes think that man can be the worst species on Earth !!
Good set.
Mick.
bobsblues 6 10 2 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2014 6:00AM
Fab set Simon But a sad tale to tell, keep up the good work
Rob

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