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Lunch 128

By SimonFletch  
Greetings everyone and thank you for your Votes and Copmments on 'Lunch 127 - The White-faced Whistling Ducks'. My old friend, "The Pirate", Rob, got in on the 'rumpy pumpy' comment, suggesting I "....will have to show them how". My dear old chap, have you never heard of 'the birds 'n' bees'...? They knew 'how', alright, you can take my word for that Blush Mick, being of good Scottish stock, wanted to make himself a few bob, with "I bet you 10 pence you indeed have pics of the rumpy pumpy". Well, that's a sure-fire way to win a bet. Typical Scotsman. Even if I lied - and said I didn't after all have the images of these two Duck 'at it', I bet Mick would pay up with rusty washers, claiming an attack of mice...!

Today's 'Lunch'
.... is a Pied Kingfisher (thanks, Carol...!), complete with fish (who'd had his chips Wink ). A most accommodating wee bird, who posed both ways for me, once, showing the head and t'other way round, showing the tail.

The Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis) is a small bird, 10" (25cm) and a common Kingfisher, frequenting lakes, dams, rivers creeks, estuaries and coastal lagoons.

The Pied Kingfisher is often seen hovering over waters and is far from shy. Pairs and family parties are often seen together. Males have two black bands across their chests, while females have just one, Cathy Wink

Found throughout Kenya, they are also common throughout south-eastern Europe, southern Asia, to China - and throughout Africa.

All of the above 3 paras, handily copied from my website. Ain't life grand, when you're organised...?!

Have a Marvelous Monday, everyone ...!


Tags: Fish Male Lunch Eating Pied kingfisher Wildlife and nature Olare Orok Conservancy

Voters: NDODS, number9, cabbie and 43 more

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NDODS 10 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2014 5:59AM
Pin sharp and so very well captured, both detail and colour are spot on in this magnificent pair of images Simon. Hard to choose between them as the quality is so good.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
Andysnapper 13 109 25 England
2 Jun 2014 6:32AM
Superb, pin-sharp and detailed photos, lovely stuff Simon.

CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
2 Jun 2014 6:35AM
Don't think he's a pied wagtail, Simon, glad you changed his identification later in your explanation Wink Two excellent captures of this beautiful bird . Carol
WOW,Simon what pair of stunning images,pin sharp detail and nice b/g.

LynneJoyce Plus
13 22 101 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2014 6:57AM
Two cracking captured of this beauty - one of the few black & whites that I actually like!
2 Jun 2014 7:32AM
Two superb images. Well captured.
2 Jun 2014 7:43AM
Super images Simon, excellent detail in both,
2 Jun 2014 7:46AM
Morning Simon. Once again you start the day off with wonderful photos of rare breeds and of course a great and funny write up. V2 for me. Love the detail and his fish lunch too
Great work once again
Patty Smile
nonur 12 18 13 Turkey
2 Jun 2014 7:46AM
The gorgeous images of this very interesting bird, very well taken shots, Simon. Great detail and clarity.
Thank you for the lovely comment on my experiment!
RonnieAG Plus
11 154 119 Scotland
2 Jun 2014 7:51AM
So different plumagewise to most woodpeckers we see on site here, and therefore so refreshing for that reason alone.
As ever so well captured, both by you and it, as it were, with V 1 just ahead for me by a small margin.
viscostatic 14 50 11 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2014 7:58AM
Beautiful markings on this bird Simon and you have done so well to get it facing in both directions complete with lunch. Not sure about the hair cut though - reminds me of the silly footballers we are soon to see on our televisions diving all over the place. I used to enjoy watching football - where did it all go wrong?

barbarahirst 12 27 12 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2014 8:15AM
talk about a bad hair day.....
and I thought I looked crazy this morning
well at least he got his lunch!!!
Ted447 Plus
8 216 1 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2014 8:30AM
Two fine images Simon. Ted. GrinGrin
Maiwand 14 3 73 England
2 Jun 2014 9:33AM
Fine shots Simon. What a striking bird this is. Great capture.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
JohnoP 15 2
2 Jun 2014 10:01AM
Two top class images Simon! Such a stunning bird that I had the pleasure to see in real life on a cruise down the Nile! So in recognition of outstanding work and also bringing back great memories of my Nile trip, please accept my award! Well deserved! Smile John
cats_123 Plus
17 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
2 Jun 2014 10:50AM
a fishy tale indeed Grin
TonyDy Plus
12 55 3 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2014 11:04AM
Superb shots, Simon.
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 775 England
2 Jun 2014 12:32PM
Pied wagtail? Woodpecker!? Some strange identification going on Grin
So the fish stole the bird's chips, then the bird ate the fish. If I understand your description Wink

Great captures Simon.
Bantu 7 7 1 India
2 Jun 2014 1:45PM
Fantastic.i love the way you capture the things.

9 3 8 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2014 3:27PM
Beautifully captured, I can't fault it. Wow!GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
JuBarney Plus
10 33 5 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2014 5:04PM
Splendid detailed shots; I'm envious.
Mike_Smith Plus
13 774 2 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2014 7:27PM
Top notch photography Simon, and impressive bird too
bobsblues 11 10 2 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2014 7:58PM
Two amazing captures Simon superb detail and clarity, as for the fish eating the chips and the bird eating the fish I wonder if anything ate the bird to complete the cycle and not the one with two pedals Wink that seem to frequent my forest and hog the roads and stick two fingers up at me when I drive past to fast, oh enough moaning for now have a good night old chap
Ps many thanks for your UA much appreciated
2 Jun 2014 10:20PM
Thank you for that Simon - makes it much easier. What a lovely pair of shots of this handsome MALE pied Kingsfisher. Have a 'Stan'! Cathy
2 Jun 2014 10:39PM
Just stunning Simon. Beautifully detailed. What a gorgeous bird GrinGrin

Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
2 Jun 2014 10:52PM
Two real belters Simon, both superbly sharp and detailed and taken at just the right moment. That fish its caught will make a very filling lunch
mikbee 14 3 8 Scotland
2 Jun 2014 11:33PM
Unlike my upload Simon,
I can see what is the right side and left side here !!
Good shots.
ali63 9 791 1 United Kingdom
3 Jun 2014 6:37AM
Excellent captures,

Ali Grin
15 Jun 2014 9:08AM
Wonderful image Simon

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