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By SimonFletch  
Greetings, everyone and thanks for your support on a combined venture with the Wire We Here gang. Your Votes and Comments on all the various folk's uploads were greatly appreciated. I have a special mention for Isabel , for gifting her User Award to the two Donkeys in my image, who seemingly tugged at many heartstrings.

Nezih led me to wonder, when he said "those donkeys look more like mules" and Andrew was bemused by "the juxtaposition of the Mercedes staring at the asses of the two asses!". Donkeys, Mules or Asses? A Donkey is the descendant of the African wild ass (only about 500 left in the wild today). Mules are a cross between a female horse and a male donkey (a male horse and a female donkey produce a “hinny”). The main difference between a donkey, mule, and a horse is genetics. Horses have 64 chromosomes; donkeys have 62, leaving the mule and hinny with 63. The easiest thing to spot is that mules (and hinnys) are usually larger than donkeys, more closely resembling a horse in size. An Ass is a Donkey (the name changed in the 18th century). So, Nezih, you could well be correct. The Donkey Sanctuary (a world-wide organisation) mention both Mules and Donkeys and look after the welfare of both. One thing I did learn - the beasts in my image are not Zonkeys. Yes, folks, it's possible to mate a Donkey and a Zebra..!

As for John likening me to Judith Chalmers and Bill Oddie. WELL..! Now... David Attenborough - stand by, for some hero-worshiping..!

Today's 'Lunch'
Back to normality, today, with an offering of another of the Hornbill family, a male 'Von der Decken's Hornbill'. Seen here in mid-throw-back of a fruit, collected from the nearby bushes.

Von der Decken's Hornbill (Tockus deckeni) was named after Baron Carl Claus von der Decken (1833-1865), a German explorer, who was the first European to attempt a Kilimanjaro summit climb. He failed.

Von der Decken's Hornbill is a large bird of 19" (48cm), which is relatively slow-moving and a clumsy inhabitant of Acacia thickets. They feed on a variety of fruit, invertabrates and small reptiles.

Like some other Hornbills, Von der Decken's Hornbill seals the entrance to its nest, to deter predators and rivals. The imprisoned female incubates the eggs and raises the young, while being fed through a small opening by the male.

Have a Tantalizing Thursday, everyone ...!


Tags: Male Lunch Eating Wildlife and nature Olare Orok Conservancy Von der Deckens Hornbill

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Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2014 5:09AM
Well timed and well captured Simon! Good image!
Very curious bird and it's nice to see his behind for a change of all the frontal shots! Grin
CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
5 Jun 2014 6:04AM
He's a handsome chappie, Simon, and you timed this capture to perfection (wonder how many images you took before the fruit was in exactly the right place) ?Smile Carol
Andysnapper 13 109 25 England
5 Jun 2014 6:34AM
Pin sharp, great timing, interesting subject.... great image.

cats_123 Plus
17 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
5 Jun 2014 6:36AM
More like a `Hit Der Decken'....a cry most heard when facing a Scottish cricket team!! WinkGrinGrin
bobsblues 11 10 2 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2014 6:42AM
A brilliantly detailed shot Simon you must have the patience of a saint.
ali63 9 791 1 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2014 7:08AM
A well timed capture with the seed in mid air SmileSmile

LynneJoyce Plus
13 22 101 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2014 7:21AM
Lovely bird and great timing.
Stunning image Simon,lovely detail and great timing.

5 Jun 2014 7:53AM
Excellent Simon, great timing,
JohnoP 15 2
5 Jun 2014 8:01AM
A beautiful capture of this Hornbill, Saint Simon, who despite being slow moving is exceptional at juggling his fruit....quite a party trick! I am pleased that someone 'assed' the question about donkeys and mules.....not sure I have got it yet though....a bit early in the day! Smile John
viscostatic 14 50 11 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2014 8:05AM
A beautiful and interesting bird Simon. Great timing in this image.

ChiliMan 14 135 17 Singapore
5 Jun 2014 8:14AM
I always learn so much from your uploads but today's is particularly fascinating and interesting about the whole donkey business! Ta, Simon Smile

InCREDible timing and capture you've got here of this hornbill, by the way. What...a...beaut. Not just the shot but the bird too. His legs look quite eagle-like with those balloony pants.

barbarahirst 12 27 12 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2014 8:16AM
that fruit seems to have a face....arghhhhh!!!!
5 Jun 2014 9:19AM
Really great capture with the fruit just in the beak, once again a fantastic write up , and one I love to read.
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 776 England
5 Jun 2014 11:20AM
A superbly timed capture.

Quote:Baron Carl Claus von der Decken, a German

I'm glad you cleared that one up Simon Wink

nonur 12 18 13 Turkey
5 Jun 2014 11:38AM
Thank you for all that info, Simon. Those asses had rather unusual colour, rather slim and robust but taller looking and their ears were more erect than donkey's so all those features made me surmise that they were mules. After saying it, I must indicate that I love this shot as I have always seen a toucan or a hornbill on the trees up to now. The rat it was after must have climbed up the tree and the bird appears to be checking it. A great shot!
annettep38 10 220 42 Luxembourg
5 Jun 2014 12:22PM
wel that is an interesting write up. Sounds like the hornbills are closely related to radical muslims Smile but at least they are only loud and not violent.
great capture of these noisy jungle dwellers, I have only met their Malaysian cousins.
mikbee 14 3 8 Scotland
5 Jun 2014 12:55PM
A Hornbill is a good enough name for me Simon,
without putting all that Baron Von Claptrap stuff before it.
Not surprised he failed with his climb.
Who would want to write a name as long winded as his in the record books !!
Bantu 7 7 1 India
5 Jun 2014 1:32PM
Perfect closeup beautiful colours.

5 Jun 2014 2:47PM
Superb image love it!! SmileSmileSmile

5 Jun 2014 3:38PM
What a wonderful looking bird. Perfect timing and wonderful detail as always Simon GrinGrin

JuBarney Plus
10 33 5 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2014 5:09PM
A terrific detailed and well-timed shot
ukgubbi 9 5 India
5 Jun 2014 5:16PM
Lovely, Love the timing.
5 Jun 2014 10:49PM
My sisters has mules and I never knew about their chromosomes. So again I have learnt something new today. Lovely shot Simon. Great timing. Would not fancy being shut away to rear young but I guess its a good excuse for men not to do housework!
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
7 Jun 2014 4:42PM
Some interesting stuff regarding donkeys and the like, I guess a Zebra crossed with a donkey would be a Debra then!Wink This is a terrific shot of this striking looking bird showing off whilst eating his lunch, you've timed this one to perfection

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