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Lunch 131

By SimonFletch  
Greetings everyone and thank you for your Votes and Comments on 'Lunch 130 - Von der Decken's Hornbill', the Hornbill discovered in the 19th century, by Baron Carl Claus von der Decken - whose name seemed lengthy, for some, "Hornbill is a good enough name..." said Mick "without putting all that Baron Von Claptrap stuff before it.". Can you imagine, what a Claptrap Hornbill would look like..? What a beak, that one would have...!

Nezih was right about Hornbills, most unusual to see them on the ground. They generally fly from the top of a tree, half flapping their wings, half gliding, to the bottom of the next one. They then squirm their way up to the top of that one, eating fruit and using their beaks to dislodge bark, devouring the bugs underneath, before flying to the next tree. It's usually very difficult to photograph them 'at Lunch', most of the bird being buried in vegetation, in particular its legs with, as Andrew put it "those balloony pants"..!

As for "one liner Jeff's" comment "....`Hit Der Decken'....a cry most heard when facing a Scottish cricket team!!", I have heard it said that those in the South of Scotland, near the English border, play a game with bats, a ball and little sticks. Up here in The Highlands, we prefer substantially larger sticks & Toss the Caber - or any handy wee Englishmen...Wink

Cathy was concerned about the Hornbill's defence strategy of blocking up the entrance to its nest, with the female and chicks inside, to deter predators and rivals.... "Would not fancy being shut away to rear young but I guess its a good excuse for men not to do housework!".... I'm sure housework wouldn't kill me, Cathy, but I wouldn't want to take the risk Grin Another way to think about it is thus - Three quarters of the Earth’s surface is water, and one quarter is land. It is quite clear that the good Lord intended us to spend three times the amount of time fishing and boating, as taking care of the housework...!

Today's 'Lunch'
.... is The Lilac-breasted Roller (Coracias caudata), a medium-sized bird, 15" (38cm), spectacularily coloured, particularly in flight, when it shows a kaleidoscope of colours. They gained their name 'Roller' from their exuberant 'rolling' in flight, even performing 'loop-the-loop' displays. The size of a Crow, it can be found all over the Masai Mara.

The Lilac-breasted Roller nests in tree holes and becomes very territorial, even chasing huge Eagles away from its nest area. It is also a consummate killer, sitting on top of small bushes, it swoops down on grasshoppers, beetles and other invertabrates. Holding anything in its beak which is too large to swallow whole, it rolls it head sharply to one side, bashing its meal on the ground - rather than holding it in a foot and ripping bits off.

Have a Fruitful Friday, everyone ...!


Tags: Bird Insect Lunch Bug Kenya Roller Wildlife and nature Lilac-breasted roller Olare Orok Conservancy

Voters: CarolG, LynneJoyce, Andysnapper and 35 more

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CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
6 Jun 2014 6:05AM
What a stunningly beautiful bird, Simon, superbly captured. Carol
LynneJoyce Plus
13 22 101 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2014 6:13AM
What a beautiful bird, and a rather good looking lunch too.

As for your comments about yesterday's posts and the comments about it, what's this housework thingy you all referred to? Must ask the husband about that one.

Thank you so much for the information you gave by stating,

"Up here in The Highlands, we prefer substantially larger sticks & Toss the Caber - or any handy wee EnglishmenWink." It has helped me understand why I have heard the tribes well North of the border referred to as 'a load of tossers.'
Andysnapper 13 109 25 England
6 Jun 2014 6:25AM
Another superb shot Simon, what a magnificent and colourful bird.

Another stunner Simon,what beautiful colours this one has,super detail and composition.

NDODS 10 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2014 7:07AM
A gorgeous bird, the plumage standing out beautifully against the contrasting greens. So very well seen so very well captured Simon.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
6 Jun 2014 7:25AM
Superb Simon,
cats_123 Plus
17 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
6 Jun 2014 7:37AM
`Sticks and Stones' GrinGrin not surprised that you don't do any housework with all that "t*ssing" going on!! WinkBlushBlushBlush

My Wife say I eat too fast, so I must try this bashing the steak on the ground beforehand!!! GrinGrin
viscostatic 14 50 11 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2014 8:01AM
What a beautiful bird Simon and so well caught with its lunch.

6 Jun 2014 8:46AM
This is the most stunning bird Simon, what glorious colours he is wearing. Showing off his magnificent chest. Dont fancy his lunch though , but I am sure he enjoyed it. Another interesting wriite up too.

Have a good day a bit of sun here GrinGrin
CaroleS Plus
11 442 3 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2014 8:49AM
I usually miss bird shots (there it was gone effort) but I never miss my lunch, and I eat mine the genteel way with a knife and fork, unless it is cucumber sandwiches in triangles then I use my fingers and a napkin. OK - I tell fibs sometimesBlush
Richsr 14 91 223 England
6 Jun 2014 8:54AM
Good details and colours in the fur - well timed too Simon
JohnoP 15 2
6 Jun 2014 10:17AM
Wow Simon...that is one beautiful bird....stunning plumage detail! Have just done a little reading up on it and it has around 8 different feather colours - remarkable! Smile John
nonur 12 18 13 Turkey
6 Jun 2014 10:30AM
That's a glamour shot, Simon. You couldn't do better if you would make it pose for you in a studio. Wonderfully clad in glamorous colours this roller is shown in all its glory and with a bug in the beak. Excellent image, mate.
P.S. Unfortunately, I have not received any info about Herman. I miss him a lot. Hope he is fine and without any trouble.
Lillian Plus
11 23 17 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2014 1:01PM
great shot Simon and perfect for your lunch series
sharp as a tack!
mikbee 14 3 8 Scotland
6 Jun 2014 3:57PM
One of your more colourful little critters here Simon,
with one of your least colourful little ''victims''.
Needs a bit tomato sauce on it for a bit of added colour !!
Superb image, Simon.
Maiwand 14 3 73 England
6 Jun 2014 4:40PM
Terrific capture Simon. Grin:GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
ChiliMan 14 135 17 Singapore
6 Jun 2014 4:54PM
Oh man..."spectacularly coloured" is the word! Er...ok, that's two words.

This fella has something in common with Snoopy - he doesn't like getting his paws dirty! I wonder if it's worth the potential concussion, though. Depending on the meal, I guess. I would most readily roll my head and bash it on the ground if it helped me devour a really good lasagne.

Incredible shot you've got of this beauty, Simon.


dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 774 England
6 Jun 2014 7:03PM
Incredible that this bird gets any lunch as any self respecting insect should see this one coming a long way off Grin
bobsblues 11 10 2 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2014 8:47PM
Probably one of your best bird shots Simon detail and colours superb Smile as for certain members thinking those north of the borders as tossers well well !!Wink
JuBarney Plus
10 33 5 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2014 9:14PM
Splendid shot & pleased to make it 30.
6 Jun 2014 10:56PM
What a beautiful bird Simon. Not very good table manners - so it must be a he and not a she! A poor excuse for getting out of the housework but Lynne got you back with her last comment about what to call people throwing big sticks! Cathy
Bantu 7 7 1 India
7 Jun 2014 4:07AM
Simon ,very cute capture.

Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
7 Jun 2014 4:44PM
A cracking shot of this striking and brightly coloured bird proudly posing with its lunch
14 Jun 2014 10:08PM
Super L. B. Roller image, well captured

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