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Lunch 43

By SimonFletch  
First and foremost, my most sincere Thanks to both Patricia ( PentaxPatty ) and Ron ( Maiwand ) for giving Lunch 42 - The Speckle-fronted Weaver their User Awards. Thank you all for your (very sober-minded) comments, too - not a rude one in there, for me to get my teeth into today !! A couple of you do need to go to SpecSavers (Optometrists in UK), though - the little fellow had tiny insects on its beak, having wiped the blade of grass clean. Where's the Lunch, indeed !! Wink

Peter was the one with the questions about Weavers. There are over 100 different species of Weaver Birds and their sounds do vary, but I found a short clip on the internet for you. And yes, they are named 'weavers' because of the fact that they weave an unusual nest within a nest - I described it in Lunch 12 .

CarolG much preferred the Weaver to my previous upload. Carol, I promise not to show any more Monkeys, if you promise not to frighten the bejeebers out of me, with those hairy, multi-eyed, multi-legged Bugs Wink Cathy seems a little smitten by Edu, our driver - he is very handsome, Cathy, but unfortunately, engaged to an American girl (he's another one who likes white meat !!). He gave me another giggle the other day. Swahili, like many languages, relies on the odd English word to get it through the day. He was on his mobile, giving a friend directions to a venue, in Swahili - translated, it came out as "go down Kimathi street and turn right at the keepleft". I know a reasonable amount of the language, but could not translate the keepleft part. He explained that it was a roundabout - it has a sign on it saying Keep Left. All Kenyans therefore think that's the name of a roundabout !!

Today's 'Lunch'
Another visitor to our balcony, is an Olive Thrush. There are two of them, a pair and they 'rule the roost', chasing off most birds, except surprisingly the Baglafect Weavers ( Lunch 12 & Lunch 37 ). They arrive at the 'table' from nowhere, skidding on the highly polished tile, scattering bread and birds everywhere - hilarious !! I included V2 because he looks comical - as if he is waving his wing at the other birds and saying "get outta the way, this is my photoshoot" Grin

I hope you have a truly Wonderful Day.

Simon
PS We do put out more than just bread - in fact all manner of things - but there's no wild bird seed to be had in Nairobi Sad
PPS Thanks for the 'heads-up', Jocelia (comment below), all bread has been removed now - I have read up on alternatives and frozen peas (defrosted), veg peelings & trimmings and grapes are immediately on the 'menu' Smile

Tags: Bread Lunch Eating Nairobi Wildlife and nature Olive Thrush

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Comments


nonur Plus
8 17 12 Turkey
15 Jan 2014 3:45AM
Caught in the act, what an image! Super timing and it is so charming, Simon.

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Well, excuse me for missing lunch yesterday,Simon. Your weaver bird sounds different than the Peruvian one I heard. Talking about interesting and unusual bird called, here is a link to the Lyre Bird, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjE0Kdfos4Y I do not think any bird can top these.

Wonderful lunch shot here Simon.

Peter
Jocelia Plus
5 2 1 Australia
15 Jan 2014 4:41AM
A lovely looking bird especially V2 with the angry look on his/her face.
Sorry but they shouldn’t be eating bread though because of the yeast in it.
It gives them ‘Botulism’…...WinkWinkWink
15 Jan 2014 4:48AM
Fantastic image. It looks little obese, with so much of food infront of it! tempting., I am concerned about its health.
Bantu Plus
3 7 1 India
15 Jan 2014 5:10AM
beautiful variants well captured.
Chinga Plus
6 3 1 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2014 6:14AM
I'm attracted to the amazing originality of the images.
V1 - He has got a mouthfull! Well timed.
V2 - What a cheeky look! Grin
Beautiful captures... IB
Andysnapper 8 109 25 England
15 Jan 2014 6:31AM
Excellent as usual Simon, what a greedy bird. I too have been told that white bread is not good for birds although a little brown or wholemeal is ok according to the RSPB.

Andy
bobsblues 7 10 2 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2014 6:45AM
A bird with attitude in V2 Simon great captures old chap Smile
Sad news about Nathan going into residential careSad
Rob
CarolG Plus
10 199 20 Greece
15 Jan 2014 6:56AM
Love the look on his face in V.1, Simon, total surprise, and disgust at having been photographed whilst he was eating Smile I suggest you grow a patch of sunflowers this year, for you to enjoy whilst they are in flower, and the birds will adore the seeds. Carol
cats_123 Plus
13 4.6k 27 Northern Ireland
15 Jan 2014 7:02AM
Greedy little beggar GrinGrin
15 Jan 2014 7:34AM
V1 for me Simon, fine image,
Fred.
15 Jan 2014 7:40AM
Great expression in both....
Heh man.....food is food
They wouldn't eat it if they didn't want to
Stunning images, Simon. Amusing narrative too, as always.
Fred
viscostatic 10 35 5 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2014 8:25AM
Yes Simon these do look like birds with attitude, especially in V2.

Phil.
15 Jan 2014 9:29AM
superb ! shot love v2 looks like a morning workout
RonnieAG Plus
7 153 116 Scotland
15 Jan 2014 9:45AM
Very well timed shot at V 1, mouth/beak full with crumbs flying everywhere: and what a look to camera in V 2.
Bird photography with a difference and such pleasure to view.
R.
Lillian Plus
7 22 17 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2014 10:31AM
Like the captured look of disgust in V2 Simon
but it has to be V1 for today's selection on eating
Lillian
mikbee 9 3 8 Scotland
15 Jan 2014 11:37AM
You still see plenty folk throwing bread to the birds Simon.
I think most feel it is all they eat !!
Like the grumpy one in V2.
I think he would prefer a bit of cheese on his !!
Mick.
15 Jan 2014 11:49AM
Beautiful bird,and a good shot of it - you are so lucky to have these visitors to your table!
ali63 Plus
5 761 1 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2014 12:35PM
Great capture,

Ali Smile
15 Jan 2014 1:51PM
More wonderful bird shots Simon, I have put out seeds and some brown bread crumbs also a bit of bacon fat for the birds in my garden, just wish I could capture some photos like this. I am afraid I havent much patience to sit and wait for them lovely shot might have to give you another small slice of cake for an award.Grin
15 Jan 2014 3:41PM
Two great images Simon, both well captured.
Brian J.
15 Jan 2014 5:52PM
Excellent timing in these fine captures, Simon!
Regards,
George
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
15 Jan 2014 7:09PM
Two excellent shots of this hanndsome thrush Simon, he looks very much like a hen blackbird. I like the indignant pose in v2. Fancy you not knowing that too much bread is bad for birds, and you are meant to be a naturalist as well!Blush
Maiwand Plus
10 3 72 England
15 Jan 2014 7:10PM
Really firing off the winners now Simon. Super shots.GrinGrinGrinGrin
Ron
dark_lord Plus
12 1.9k 363 England
15 Jan 2014 7:14PM
V1 is so well timed.
It does very closely resemble our blackbird, and from your description of its territorial nature that is yet another similarity.
Keith
15 Jan 2014 8:02PM
Two great shots Simon. Love the look in V2. Cathy
annettep38 Plus
5 218 40 Costa Rica
6 May 2014 4:24PM
He is every bit as messy as Chris' granddaughter Smile
great series.

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