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
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
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.
Wildlife and nature
Nairobi National Park
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