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Lunch 67

By SimonFletch  
There were some stirring Comments on yesterday's 'Lunch - The Olive Baboon', thank you all. Thanks for all your Votes, too - and a very special Thank You to Fred , for the gratefully received User Award. Oh, and commiserations to CarolG, who gracefully endured her views of our Olive Baboons - or "baaabooons", as Keith recalled an American narrator describing them...!

Mick touched on my narrative on Kenya, referring to the violence and corruption, saying "man can be the worst species on Earth". This reminded me of an article I read in the local newspaper this morning, about a disabled woman and her young family being thrown off the land handed down to her by her deceased husband. The law is being changed, but women are not allowed to own land in Kenya - and a rich Mombasa businessman had applied for and received, the documents to the land - and sent his hoodlums round to turf her out of the house she had lived in for over 20 years. I agree with you wholeheartedly, Mick.... Gosh, I'm a bundle of laughs today...Sad

I love all your amusing Comments and Andy made me smile, when he said Monkeys "remind me of many people I have met over the years..." Of course, Jeff's legendary one liners always make me smile "I'm not a vegetarian and I would need my fruit hand-picked by Nigella Lawson". With my luck in life, Jeff, had I been born as one of her triplets, I would have been the one on the bottle..Blush

Today's 'Lunch'
I think that one of the prettiest birds in Kenya is the Egyptian Goose. Usually seen in pairs, who bond for life, they are a very noisy bird, especially when defending their territory. They are so named, because they were sacred to the early Egyptians and appear in many artefacts. Quite a large bird, at 28" (70cm) long, they are a little ungainly in flight and are thus named a Goose, rather than a Duck and, when in flight, their very white wing feathers are exposed.

Have a Wonderous Wednesday, everyone ...!


Tags: Lunch Eating Egyptian goose Wildlife and nature Nairobi National Park

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Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2014 2:53AM
Really very good clear shots.
I do like the the little father in the air in V2... Lovely earthy tones on your subject...
Very interesting and realistic narrative. IB

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Bantu 4 7 1 India
12 Feb 2014 3:41AM
Exteremely fine capture and details.
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
12 Feb 2014 5:20AM
What a pitiful story about the woman and what a silly law , Simon! V2 is my favourite, today. Great pose and capture.
bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2014 5:56AM
Two great shots Simon worthy of the lunch series Smile looks like the hundred on the cards only 33 to go old chap Wink
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2014 6:10AM
Two very nice, natural captures of this handsome beast. I love the eye boggling feather patterns on the sides and underside of the bird.

Your story of the sexist laws in Kenya and the horrific tale of the disabled lady being thrown out of her home have made me strike it off my 'must visit' list until this is rectified. It is a bit of a futile, principled stance as I can't afford to visit anyway, but I am good at futile, principled stances. Saudi Arabia and the like are still stinging in the knowledge that I refuse to visit them!
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
12 Feb 2014 6:28AM
So much more pleasing than yesterday's images, Simon Smile Certainly a very elegant and pretty bird, and you have captured some excellent detail in his/her plumage. Carol
cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
12 Feb 2014 6:48AM
I like a bit of goose at xmas GrinGrinGrin V2 looks like he's already wringing his own neck WinkGrinGrin

Fabulous colour and detail Grin
Mike_Young Plus
11 12 9 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2014 7:31AM
They may be an attractive bird Simon, but they make the most awful racket when they open their beaks. We have a growing feral population here in Southern England, I just hope they don't prove to be too successful.

A couple of splendid shots though, like them both
12 Feb 2014 8:10AM
Beautiful bird Simon, two fine images with nice detail,
viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2014 8:13AM
Nice plumage, shame about the face. Great photos though Simon and certainly caught eating lunch.

ukgubbi 6 5 India
12 Feb 2014 8:35AM
Nice set. V1- my fav.
12 Feb 2014 9:13AM
Two excellent images of this feeding feathered friend, Simon.
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
12 Feb 2014 9:15AM
A splendid Goose Simon. Seen from a distance they sometimes appear quite drab; but ,as this lovely shot shows, they are in fact possesed of some wonderful plumage colours. Great shot Simon.GrinGrinGrinGrin
12 Feb 2014 9:55AM
Great photos once again Simon, and interesting info about the people in Kenya, how awful that woman cant own land, I am always interested to read about other peoples lives.
ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2014 10:03AM
2 Great images, what a cruel thing to put this lady through,

Ali Smile
12 Feb 2014 10:33AM
Two wonderful shots Simon but V2 for me today GrinGrin
Still shocking that some countries still treat women as second class citizens.

NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2014 1:37PM
I love these fellas, we have a large lake not far from here and there are a couple of breeding pairs, stunning colours.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
12 Feb 2014 2:07PM
Yes, a shabby way to treat the women Simon.
Food for thought in that one.
Obviously this bird here was treated better by these Egyptians than the women today !!
Great images, Simon. v2 is my fave.

Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
12 Feb 2014 4:34PM
It was well worth having a gander at these two cracking images of this handsome bird, v2 is top notch, the details and colours in the plumage have been perfectly recorded
12 Feb 2014 5:56PM
Interesting bird and wonderful captures in great detail, Simon!
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
12 Feb 2014 7:54PM
V2 is my favourite a great looking bird

12 Feb 2014 8:51PM
Great shots Simon. Such a shame about that lady. Life is so unfair sometimes. Cathy
dark_lord Plus
14 2.1k 538 England
12 Feb 2014 9:10PM
The bird looks particularly furtive in V2.
Some really odd laws in Kenya.

PS Thanks for the UA
12 Feb 2014 10:29PM
Excellent plumage detail Simon and lovely warm earth colours. Love them both.
Two beauties Simon, a great looking bird. Awful about the lady and her land. Beggars belief!!!

Lunette Grin

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