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Lunch 48

By SimonFletch  
You are a lovely group of people..! Your votes are appreciated and your comments are truly wonderful (except Alex, who is back on the Lions list - after she has landscaped the Nairobi National Park so that it's all level Wink ). The thorny subject of poaching came up (I am pleased you put a 'blushing face' after your one liner, Jeff - but you did give me a fit of the giggles.. Smile ). Poaching is taken very seriously in Kenya and aside from Rangers driving around in vehicles night and day, to my utter amazement, during the day, they walk, singly and in pairs, throughout the park (armed with AK47's)..!! 'Bwana' means 'man', or 'mister', Andrew, so you would be Bwana Andrew Thamboo.

There's one or two of you who need to go to Specsavers - both Mum and Baby Rhino have got grass hanging out of their mouths - what do you think that's for, building a nest? They don't open and close their mouths to eat, but grind away with their large molars. But I liked the one from Nezih "...they are swimming in their food" Grin Unlike the Masai Mara, off-road driving is not allowed in the local game park, so one is restricted to driving on murram (earth) roads and tracks. Thus, the prolific use of a 500mm lens and a x 1.4 extender. But you are right, Ed and Keith, if it's good enough for the Rangers to walk about, there shouldn't be anything to stop Nathan wandering around with his 50mm f1.8 which Santa gave him for Christmas... but I wouldn't recommend taking your own AK47 along Wink

Today's 'Lunch'
I spent a large part of Sunday - and took a day off work on Monday - sorting through 683 images, taken in a space of 34 minutes, last Saturday (for goodness sake, don't tell my sons, back in Scotland, running the family business. I am well behind with a project, as it is Blush).

I was privileged to witness one of the greatest thrills of my life - an African Black-shouldered Kite, who normally hunts only insects or mice - took a baby Monkey, amongst a cacophony of sound. I whittled this vast amount of images down in five stages, to just 20. My idea is, to periodically show uploads of 4 images of this collection, so as not to bore you with either one massive upload, or too much repetition.

I was greatly hampered by the twigs surrounding the Kite, the position of the tree - and the fact it was mostly facing away from me or in its own shadow, but I did my best with the situation.
V1. The Kite's eyes are really that red / orange colour.
V2. Periodically, the Kite ripped off beakfuls of Monkey fur, which floated around in the air.
V3. The Kite threw out a large portion of Monkey, which I thought to be its head - later on, not so sure.
V4. Swallowing a Monkey leg.

Have a Tremendous Tuesday..!

PS: Please excuse my brevity in commenting on your images today - I really do have to get on with my project Sad

Tags: Lunch Eating Monkey Wildlife and nature African Black-shouldered Kite

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gwynn56 6 87 England
21 Jan 2014 4:23AM
beautiful set of imagesSmileSmile

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Now, this is what you call LUNCH, Simon. What a great sequence!! This is one seriously intense looking raptor. And what eyes!!!! Those branches, under the circumstances are barely noticeable. This is what lunch (or dinner) is about. Think about this when you eat that drumstick.

ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
21 Jan 2014 5:47AM
Talk about making the best of difficult situations...these are superb! Never mind the twigs, you've got the focus just where it should be. V1 is STUN-NING. Especially how the eye and beak have turned out. Kudos on these, Bwana Fletcher, especially V1 Smile

CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
21 Jan 2014 6:35AM
Great set, Simon, the kite obviously feels the same as I do about monkeys, though I don't think I would go so far as to eat oneWink Carol
Andysnapper 10 109 25 England
21 Jan 2014 6:38AM
Back to work with you....Smile

Another great set Simon and another new bird for me. Top work under the circumstances.

cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
21 Jan 2014 6:50AM
Fabulous shots Smile
Bantu 4 7 1 India
21 Jan 2014 7:06AM
Your captures teach me alot,wild life in action,superb capture.
An outstanding set of images, Simon.
21 Jan 2014 7:30AM
WoW! A stunning set Simon, did feel sorry for the baby monkey but we all have to eat I suppose TongueGrin

barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2014 7:32AM
Impressive.....but must admit I am feeling quite queasy
It's kinda early here and not quite awake....
viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2014 8:05AM
A brilliant series Simon. Love the red eye.

21 Jan 2014 8:27AM
What a charismatic looking bird ! - A vert good catch Simon. V1 my favourite!GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin --- Jukka.Smile
Mike_Young Plus
11 12 9 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2014 8:36AM
One of my top favourite birds of prey, Saw several in Tanz, but non close enough to photograph. This is a great set Simon, lovely and natural.
ukgubbi 6 5 India
21 Jan 2014 8:51AM
This is a superb set of images. Brilliantly done.
jdinne 15 16 England
21 Jan 2014 9:00AM
Excellent set Simon V1 my favourite, great intro as well.

21 Jan 2014 9:03AM
Excellent set Simon,
21 Jan 2014 9:05AM
A wonderful set - V4 is quite the opposite of 'spitting feathers'!!Smile
They're obviously too good to waste!!Wink
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
21 Jan 2014 9:08AM
Incredible images Simon. This really is what nature photography should be all about--life in the natural world.GrinGrinGrinGrin
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
21 Jan 2014 10:43AM
Excellent set of lunch time images: superb photography.
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
21 Jan 2014 12:06PM
WOW! Amazing set of fine images, Simon. What an eye. I thought the head is of a rat. What a beak, as sharp as knife. A fabulous addition to the series.
ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2014 12:53PM
Great shots Simon, I love the colour of the eye, that poor mouse didn't stand a chance, look forward to the next installment SmileSmile

Fantastic eye and feather detail Simon, as for the "lunch", I feel quite ill...

Having said that they are superb images..all four of them.

Lynette Smile
21 Jan 2014 4:39PM
Now that is absolutely STUNNING!!! Can't begin to say how much I like this! Agree with CarolG re: the monkey!!! Unbelievably good photography!
ps. Don't mind being on popcorn duty if I get a view of this sort of action!!!
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
21 Jan 2014 4:48PM
Silly me Simon,I thought V2 was it feeding a chick.
All became clear in V4 though !!
A well detailed and coloured set.
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
21 Jan 2014 5:49PM
A cracking set of images of this majestic kite tearing apart and devouring its prey, Such pin sharp detail in both the plumage and the beady red eye. It's a shame about the branches but there was nothing you could have done about that unless you had Alex Appleby with you with her pruning shears and ladders!WinkGrin
bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2014 6:52PM
Good evening Simon a rather late vote for a stunning set of shots that I rather like ( busy day at the office old chap Wink) along with several other EPZers please accept my UA for a fantastic set of shots ( this May take me of the lions list hopefullyTongue )
Enjoy the amber nectar

dark_lord Plus
14 2.1k 537 England
21 Jan 2014 8:58PM
I agree, a superb set. V1 has to be my favourite, closely followed by V4.
21 Jan 2014 9:35PM
Yuck Simon but fantastic shots. Poor monkey. Work hard! Cathy
26 Jan 2014 11:09AM
Superb series Simon, Grin Im not a fan of monkeys either,,,, I find them a bit scary have a good day Patty

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