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Lunch 42

By SimonFletch  
You are an entertaining bunch of people and had me in stitches on reading your comments on Lunch 41 - The Vervet Monkey. I found out for the first time that there are folk who don't like Monkeys - and that reminded me of a conversation I had with Edu (our driver), a while back, on Racism. He had asked if there was racism in UK and cited football matches, where black players had been subjected to it. I if he had ever suffered this problem and he said 'yes, they called me a monkey'. I asked him what his reaction had been. Edu, who is 26, going on 40, replied, with the huge smile that lights up his face, "I said, thank you, Monkeys are very intelligent & they are my cousins", which brought a huge laugh from me; it's so typical of him. On the occasion of taking the images of the Vervet Monkey, many came out slightly blurred, because, right on cue, he said in a very deep, serious tone "they are the chosen ones". That fellow really cracks me up at times !!

That Peter really started you all off, he's got some disgusting habits, spitting watermelon pips into used pie tins !! And Richard & Mick are no help, aiding and abetting is just as serious a crime, you know. You will note from the V2 image that our Monkey is not just an 'intelligent cousin', but also a gentleman - he is carefully blowing the seed into a cupped hand, for later disposal into a suitable receptacle.... I usually chuck mine on the ground, behind me...

Peter asked, now for the third time, about an image of me, eating "in his natural habitat---whatever he eats". Peter, you must have missed me having a liquid lunch, in Lunch 23 - the now infamous Madafu (oh God, that Ed will be onto that one, all over again). Of course, I had Lunch with Nathan - Benta's buttery melt-in-the-mouth chapatis & ground beef - yesterday, she cooked chicken & rice, with a sauce to die for !! Of course, if you really want to see me eat, pop over from your frozen Philadelphia, thaw out in some Sun - and take me out to The Carnivore, where we can eat everything from Antelope to Zebra !! Do that, and I'll let you have the photography rights Wink

At least Lynette said she is a Monkey fan. Yes, Lynette, Last Train to Clarksville was okay, but I thought they were a bit 'samey' after that Wink

Today's 'Lunch'
It's another Weaver Bird - the Speckle-fronted Weaver. Unlike other Weavers, this one has an extension to the entrance, of his nest-within-a-nest - and it's on the front, rather than underneath. He scrabbles around on the ground and gathers tiny insects by clasping an insect-laden blade of grass in his beak and wiping along the length of the grass. The other two images are just to show his plumage.

Have a Great Day.


Tags: Bird Lunch Kenya Weaver bird Wildlife and nature Nairobi National Park Speckle-fronted Weaver

Voters: RonnieAG, nonur, Bantu and 39 more

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RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
14 Jan 2014 3:07AM
Three fine shots of this wee bird in a very natural setting, with V 2 still my favourite despite the blade of grass across it's chest........sometimes one just to accept such.

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nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
14 Jan 2014 3:40AM
Exceptionally beautiful shots, Simon. I love their clarity and detail as well as the way they are framed.
Bantu 4 7 1 India
14 Jan 2014 3:42AM
Superb closeup in action.
ukgubbi 6 5 India
14 Jan 2014 4:47AM
Small , cute lunch. Love the simple composition here.
bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2014 5:05AM
Good captures Simon of this little bird in its habitat Smile
Beautiful markings and lovely detail in this set Simon...V2 for me today..

Lynette Grin
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2014 5:32AM
Wonderful captures Simon,
great clarity and details on the plummage and in each take we get to see those stunning marks on the head!
Good work...
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
14 Jan 2014 6:23AM
A beautiful little bird, Simon, wonderful markings in his plumage, super captures, and so much kinder on the eye than the monkey Wink Carol
Andysnapper 10 109 25 England
14 Jan 2014 6:30AM
Excellent shots Simon and another wonderful write up. Cheers mate.

cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
14 Jan 2014 6:53AM
fab set...V2 is my favourite Smile
Stunning set of images, Simon. Wow! V2 is my favourite.
Mike_Young Plus
11 12 9 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2014 7:03AM
Three great shots of this lovely little bird Simon
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2014 7:27AM
Isnt he a pretty little bird
Just read your erif details....Impressive gear
viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2014 7:44AM
A beautiful little bird Simon. Amazing how they have different ways of finding food.

14 Jan 2014 8:03AM
Wonderful captures Simon. I love V2 GrinGrin

14 Jan 2014 8:37AM
Excellent images Simon,
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2014 8:47AM

Quote:Isnt he a pretty little bird
Just read your erif details....Impressive gear

exif even .....
14 Jan 2014 9:09AM
I do like your short stories, Simon!SmileSmile
Three superb, well detailed images, by the way!!

ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2014 11:12AM
3 cracking images Simon.

Ali SmileSmile
14 Jan 2014 12:30PM
Lovely photos, Simon, of these birds.....but where's the lunch? An aside.....some years ago, traveling in the rainforest in Peru! we ran across weaver birds.....and they had the most extraordinary bird calls. I can describe it only as sounding like water running over rocks. How about these? Do they build woven nests?

JuBarney 6 26 3 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2014 5:26PM
Super detailed shots of this very pretty bird.
14 Jan 2014 5:44PM
Excellent captures in great detail and beautiful colours, Simon!
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
14 Jan 2014 6:25PM
Three terrific images of this lovely little bird, love the pose in v1
14 Jan 2014 6:26PM
Now this is really a wonderful photo. deserves an award. I will make you a cake one Grin Patty
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
14 Jan 2014 8:01PM
Beautiful little bird Simon. Such wonderful plumage colours. Never seen one before. GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2014 8:04PM
Lovely little bird Simon
and V3 looks like it's been to the 'feather dresser'Wink
all ready and spruced up waiting for more lunch
dark_lord Plus
14 2.1k 537 England
14 Jan 2014 8:26PM

Quote:but where's the lunch?

My thoughts too, but don't tell Simon, he's still got the lions to feed Wink

Lovely captures, I do like the pose on V1 Smile

14 Jan 2014 8:59PM
Lovely shots Simon. An amazing bird and Edu sounds a lovely man. Cathy
Jocelia 6 2 1 Australia
15 Jan 2014 4:46AM
A delightful little feathered friend with lovely motled markings.
V2 is my favourite……...WinkWinkWink
eagle1955 5 1 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2014 7:06PM
I simon love this like the look on the little birds face so cute voted

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