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Lunch 142

By SimonFletch  
Greetings everyone and thank you for your Votes and Comments on 'Lunch 141 - The Tomson's Gazelle'.

Please excuse my brevity today, both here and in my comments on your images. An early morning business meeting...

Today's 'Lunch'
... is the White-browed Coucal.

The White-browed Coucal (Centropus superciliosus) is a medium-sized bird, 14" (41cm), which is shy and secretive, calling from thick cover. Due to its call, many safari guides call this 'the water-bottle bird', because of its bubbling "woo-woo-woo-woo" notes, that fall, before rising with a stammer at the end.

The White-browed Coucal is often found in bushed or wooded grasslands, or lakeside thickets. It is closely related to the Cuckoo, although it is not parasitic and raises its own young, making grassy, domed nests in tall grass or thick vegitation. The Coucal is good at relationships and pairs for life. If one bird dies, the other spends days in mourning.

They are not good fliers, possibly due to their bulk, so they rarely wander from their territory. Although they appear ungainly, Coucals spend much of their time walking stealthily through vegetation, in search of food - which includes insects, as well as eggs, baby birds, reptiles and amphibians.

Have a Terrific Tuesday, everyone ...!

Simon

Tags: Bird Lunch Eating Kenya Wildlife and nature Olare Orok Conservancy White-browed Coucal

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Comments


bobsblues 6 10 2 United Kingdom
17 Jun 2014 5:50AM
Ooh ohh Simon it's got another one of Carols bugs she won't be happy, fantastic capture old boy hope the meeting goes well
Rob

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Ted447 Plus
3 178 1 United Kingdom
17 Jun 2014 6:27AM
Fantastic image. Ted. GrinGrin
Andysnapper 8 109 25 England
17 Jun 2014 6:30AM
Excellent, another new bird for me.

Andy
CarolG Plus
9 195 18 Greece
17 Jun 2014 6:31AM
Hmmmmmmm, Simon, yet another one bites the dust Sad Carol
17 Jun 2014 6:34AM
another new bird for me too Simon. Looks like he's eaten too much already.
Have a good day. Hope the meeting doesn't drag on.
Patty Smile
ali63 Plus
4 741 1 United Kingdom
17 Jun 2014 6:38AM
A beauty Simon hope the meeting goes well,

Ali GrinGrin
LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
17 Jun 2014 7:04AM
Excellent focus on that lovely ruby red eye, another handsome bird captured in mid munch.
17 Jun 2014 7:36AM
Excellent Simon, this one appears a little shy,
Fred.
17 Jun 2014 7:36AM
Looks like he is hiding whilst eating
17 Jun 2014 7:58AM
I think he's playing hide and seek with you, Simon - excellent work!

RichardSmile
viscostatic 10 34 5 United Kingdom
17 Jun 2014 8:24AM
Great shot of this beautiful bird with a grub in its mouth Simon.

Phil.
cats_123 Plus
12 4.5k 26 Northern Ireland
17 Jun 2014 8:54AM
I don't like people watching me eat `lunch' either....GrinGrinGrin
Maiwand Plus
9 3 72 England
17 Jun 2014 9:55AM
A most interesting looking bird Simon. Well spotted.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ron
mikbee 9 3 8 Scotland
17 Jun 2014 12:17PM
Looks a bit shy here Simon,
trying to hide while eating.
Hope your business meeting goes well.
After watching the film the Godfather,
their business meetings usually ended badly !!
Mick.
17 Jun 2014 12:26PM
An excellently spotted and captured image, Simon!!
Effrossini
Bantu Plus
3 6 1 India
17 Jun 2014 2:27PM
Beautiful capture.

Vikram
17 Jun 2014 3:27PM
A fine capture while this bird is trying so hard to be concealed
17 Jun 2014 3:35PM
Excellent shot of this beautiful bird.
Superb shot, Simon. Great eye contact & detail.

Fred
17 Jun 2014 7:01PM
Fabulous detailed capture of this beautiful bird Simon GrinGrin

Kathryn
17 Jun 2014 10:49PM
Great shot Simon. Hope it has a mate and is not in mourning! Cathy
Chinga Plus
5 1 1 United Kingdom
18 Jun 2014 6:13AM
Exquisite looking!
A beauty with unique features... Nice! Grin
IB
dark_lord Plus
12 1.8k 324 England
18 Jun 2014 8:25PM
We can add camera shy to its character traits Smile

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