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Lunch 103

By SimonFletch  
Hello everyone and thank you for all your Votes and Comments on 'Lunch 102 - Henny Pitchforkfeet (aka The Purple Swamphen)', but I think Andrew's moniker much better suits this bird, with the size 19 feet and 'fingernails-to-die-for'...! It certainly couldn't be accused of starting 'foot 'n' mouth', it would never get its foot into its mouth...! No problem, Annette, you can certainly hire out HP to sort out your veggie patch, but your neighbours might think you'd discovered the long-lost Yetti, when they see the footprints...!

Well worth repeating "Mick's Quip", in response to Diane's starting a craze for 'Fish Shop jokes': "... I recall being in a chippie and a group of neds put their heads round the door. They asked the guy if he had plenty chips and he said he had loads. One of them replied,''it saves you right for making too many then'' !!" Oh, dear me, that got me going. No doubt many will recall Lynne Joyce's wheeze, which started GAS (the Garbage Appreciation Society), with 5 members uploading "Been There, Dumped That" images? Well.....
Where does Lynne Joyce put her Fish Shop wrappers?
In the Whaleie Bin...!

Today's 'Lunch'

Attempting to keep the 'fish supper' as the theme, today's offering is of a Goliath Heron, spotted in Lake Baringo, way up in Kenya's Great Rift Valley. I bought the fish from a fisherman in a bamboo boat, paddling along, using what looked like table tennis bats (I'll upload an image, one day). Unlike the fish we threw for Fish Eagles to fly down and collect, we were unable to stuff this one with a shaft of bamboo to keep it afloat - Herons swallow the fish whole, whereas an Eagle tears it to bits.

Having coasted our boat as near as we dare, I ensured the Goliath Heron saw that we bore no ill-intent, by waving the fish around, like a demented banshee. Then threw it into the lake, within striking distance, giving the bird time to retrieve it before it sank. I was quite pleased with the results and got some good images for the cost of the fish (about 35p)...

Have a Turbot-charged Thursday, everyone ...!


Tags: Fish Heron Lunch Eating Kenya Wildlife and nature Goliath heron Lake Baringo

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gajewski Plus
13 10 9 United States
8 May 2014 5:44AM
This is an AMAZING shot.

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JohnoP 12 2
8 May 2014 6:52AM
Amazing wingspan on this Goliath Heron Simon...beautiful plumage colouring and detail. Smile Visions of you as a 'demented banshee' made me smile! Smile John
cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
8 May 2014 6:53AM
Good job it was the fish you were waving about!!!! WinkGrinGrinGrinBlushBlush
8 May 2014 7:10AM
One excellent capture Simon, great timing,
Superb capture Simon,great timing.

LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
8 May 2014 7:51AM
Your bribery worked a treat with this one Simon, a magnificent photograph. I was hoping to get some shots of the Calpé Flamingoes his trip but every time I have the camera kit with me they hide at the farthest, most inaccessible part of Las Salinas!

Re your question, because we have a very civilised chippy in Shipley that does gluten free fish and chips and it has tables & chairs, plates, knives and forks, we sit in there - no papers involved! Posh eh?
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
8 May 2014 8:08AM
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
8 May 2014 8:13AM
The fast shutter has frozen this action so well, Simon.
Andysnapper 9 109 25 England
8 May 2014 8:21AM
Very well caught Simon, a magnificent bird.

I often go to the chippie on my motorpike and sidecarp and I'm not kodding as the plaice is miles away. GrinGrinGrin

NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
8 May 2014 8:50AM
A wonderful display on both fronts Simon. Great photography...

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
8 May 2014 9:15AM
Wonderful action shot here Simon, thank you so much for the award, so kind, and sorry I didnt feature in the shot!
We have a fish and chippy here that sells gluten free fish batter and tables and table clothes knives and forks etc, but this looks so much more exciting. GrinGrin
Have a great day Patty GrinGrinGrin
8 May 2014 12:17PM
oh wow this is wonderful and what a wingspan too
8 May 2014 12:20PM
Nice shot - impressive bird! Worth 35p any day!
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
8 May 2014 1:36PM
A fine shot Simon with the full wing span here.
And I still say a fish supper tastes better out of the paper.
It just ruins the flavour putting it on a plate !!
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
8 May 2014 2:46PM
Terrific capture Simon. Beautifully exposed, timed and presented. I love the water colour and movement.!!!!!GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
8 May 2014 2:55PM
Cracking shot ! Excellent presentation, Simon!
bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
8 May 2014 3:22PM
Magnificent shot Simon colours and detail spot on all this crack about fish suppers and fish and chips making me hungary could be the chip shop tonight Wink
CaroleS Plus
7 433 3 United Kingdom
8 May 2014 3:53PM
Well timed and you did so well to get that terrific wing spanSmile
ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
8 May 2014 7:25PM
Amazing image what a huge wing span,

Ali SmileSmileSmile
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
8 May 2014 9:00PM
What a poser Simon, the bird not you! It has a really impressive wingspan and is very aptly named
Super shot Simon. Well worth 35p - you big spender! Cathy
8 May 2014 9:38PM
Fabulous capture Simon. A well impressive wing span Grin Grin

An outstanding image, Simon. Perfectly presented. Great frame filler.
Congrats on your well deserved UAs.

Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
8 May 2014 10:38PM
Brilliant shot Simon, and timing as well
dark_lord Plus
14 2.1k 530 England
9 May 2014 8:37PM

Quote:we have a very civilised chippy in Shipley that does gluten free fish and chips and it has tables & chairs, plates, knives and forks

How very posh!
Not one for Simon then, waving a fish about and throwing it around Grin
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
10 May 2014 3:52PM
Oh what a timing, perfect wing position and all in it!!
viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
20 May 2014 7:39PM
That is a big bird Simon.


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