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Lunch 68

By SimonFletch  
Thank you very much for all your kind Comments (Votes, too) on 'Lunch 67 - The Egyptian Goose'. I was interested to learn that the Egyptian Goose is settling in Southern UK. They are indeed a highly coloured bird, but as Mike so aptly put it, they do make a heck of a racket when they open their beaks...!

Some of the Kenyan laws are still very draconian and a number of you were rightly incensed, to learn about women not being able to own property. Lynne made me laugh, when she said she had struck Kenya off her 'must visit' list, along with Saudi Arabia and the like, despite being unable to visit anyway...!! Kenyans are also very enterprising, with Quail Farming hitting the headlines recently. Apparently, the KWS (Kenya Wildlife Society) have been receiving 200 applications a day for a number of months - resulting in thousands of people wanting to get in on the act. The outcome has been that the previous high price for this tiny bird and its tiny eggs has plummeted. Prices fetched in the very small marketplace have more than halved and those that bought day-old chicks a month ago now face a loss on their investment.

Today's 'Lunch'
The Speckled Pigeon, or African Rock Pigeon is a common bird, found south of the Sahara. The male grows up to 16" (41cm) in length, so fairly large for a Pigeon. Like most Pigeons, they feed on seeds and grain and are often seen in pairs, although large flocks of several hundred are not uncommon.

Have a Thundering Good Thursday, everyone ...!

Simon

Tags: Bird Lunch Eating Wildlife and nature Speckled pigeon Nairobi National Park African Rock Pigeon

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Comments


debu 6 India
13 Feb 2014 1:34AM
Lovely detailed image.
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NDODS Plus
5 4.9k 125 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2014 2:35AM
Confucius say: If a man takes no thought about what is distant, he will find sorrow near at hand.

Wise words...

Regards NathanGrinGrinGrin
nonur Plus
7 15 9 Turkey
13 Feb 2014 4:24AM
Nice focus work, a great image of a great pigeon, Simon.
Not a very dramatic eater, Simon, but a dramatic looking bird.

Your quail story reminds me a little of the tulips in the Netherlands a few centuries ago and the first known bubble (and the inevitable burst bubble) with many people totally losing their shirts when it burst.

Peter
Superb image, Simon. Great deal. Beautiful eye make up.GrinGrin

Fred
Another wonderful bird Simon, lovely detailed shot.

Lynette Grin
Bantu Plus
2 6 1 India
13 Feb 2014 6:13AM
crisp detail of image,fantastic capture.
Andysnapper 7 109 25 England
13 Feb 2014 6:40AM
Nicely done Simon, another top shot.

Andy
CarolG Plus
9 192 18 Greece
13 Feb 2014 6:42AM
A very nicely marked pigeon, Simon, well captured. Carol
LynneJoyce Plus
7 20 99 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2014 7:18AM
A beautifully detailed image of this potentially substantial and tasty meal that would have the benefit of providing pretty material for the millinery trade. I'm surprised that they don't farm these guys - much more meat!
13 Feb 2014 7:20AM
Excellent shot of this lovely bird Simon, I have a fondness for pigeons, I think they are graceful birds.
viscostatic 9 33 5 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2014 8:31AM
Beautiful light and colour in this image Simon. I was aware your home was in the distant hills in my Nairn image. The weather continues to be remarkably mild and dry in the north of Scotland although it is raining this morning. Although there isn't much snow visible on the mountains around Inverness it seems there is plenty for skiing higher up - if the access roads aren't blocked and the wind allows the tows to operate.

Phil.
cats_123 Plus
12 4.4k 25 Northern Ireland
13 Feb 2014 9:47AM
just off the `red-eye' WinkBlushBlush
13 Feb 2014 1:29PM
Great looking bird with his red eye, interesting info again Simon, I love to read about your life in Kenya GrinGrin

Best wishes Patty
13 Feb 2014 2:14PM
A wonderful capture Simon GrinGrin

Kathryn
13 Feb 2014 3:16PM
A beautiful bird beautifully captured, Simon.

Richard
Maiwand Plus
9 3 71 England
13 Feb 2014 4:27PM
Excellent capture of this lovely bird Simon. Top shot.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ron
Glostopcat Plus
9 255 2 England
13 Feb 2014 5:10PM
A fine shot of this handsome bird Simon, the details and colours in the plumage have been superbly recorded
ali63 Plus
4 733 1 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2014 7:15PM
Well captured Simon, it's quite a pretty bird,

Ali GrinGrin
Lillian Plus
6 21 16 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2014 7:31PM
Great shot and good details in feathers
Lillian
dark_lord Plus
11 1.7k 259 England
13 Feb 2014 8:14PM
I think Lynne has it spot on there. A pigeon farm, and she can run it alongside your lion enterprise. But don't let the cat amongst the pigeons Grin
Well, it's nearly the weekend Smile
Keith
13 Feb 2014 9:16PM
Lovely shot Simon. Think he over did it with the eye liner! Cathy
14 Feb 2014 1:44AM
Great eyes and nice color on plumage. Very pretty.

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