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Lunch 132

By SimonFletch  
Greetings everyone and thank you for your Votes and Comments on 'Lunch 131 - The Lilac-breasted Roller', who, as John said "has around 8 different feather colours - remarkable!". In flight, all the colours are shown and it's one of the Mara area's greatest spectacles. Sorry, no, I didn't have an image of it both flying and eating 'Lunch' Wink A special mention for both Alan and Rob , for their gratefully received User Awards.

Some seemed more concerned about it's table manners, with another sexist line from Cathy "Not very good table manners - so it must be a he and not a she!", and Carole expounding "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.", at least this lady then told the truth "OK - I tell fibs sometimes"...!! Our Lilic-breated Roller doesn't like to even use its fingers; as Andrew said "This fella has something in common with Snoopy - he doesn't like getting his paws dirty!". Mick complained the bug in the beak was comparitively un-colourful "Needs a bit tomato sauce on it for a bit of added colour !!". Which all goes to prove 'you can please some of the people, some of the time, but you can't please all of the people, all of the time'...!

Following my response to Jeff's dig at Scottish cricketers, Lynne hilariously commented that she had "heard the tribes well North of the border referred to as 'a load of tossers.'...". Absolutely correct, Lynne. The combined clans of The Highlanders have been known to 'toss back' the finest seafood, 'tossed' the odd coin into their pockets, from that black stuff that comes from the sea and tossed up a huge export trade in the world's finest whiskies. Possibly, the most accomplished 'tossers' in the world WinkSmileGrin

Today's 'Lunch'
I trawled through my images, hunting for a Saturday Shadow and can sadly only come up with a small one, under an equally small bird, named D'Arnaud's Barbet.

D'Arnaud's Barbet (Trachyphonus darnaudii), is a 7.5" (19cm) Barbet found only in Africa. The name Barbet comes from the fringe over the beak. A species local to the Masai Mara, is known as the Usambiro Barbet. It is fairly commonly seen, where bush and scrub meet grassy plains, where it suns itself in the morning light.

A distinctive reddish orange patch under the tail comes into play, when male and female display. Sitting opposite each other, their tails are like metronomes, they sing together "doo, doo, dee, dok - doo, doo, dee, dok".

Have a Sartorial Saturday, everyone ...!


Tags: Bird Lunch Eating Barbet Wildlife and nature Olare Orok Conservancy DArnauds Barbet Usambiro Barbet

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nonur 12 18 13 Turkey
7 Jun 2014 6:23AM
Brilliant shot, Simon. It's trying to boost its protein intake.
CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
7 Jun 2014 7:13AM
Another beautiful bird, Simon, captured so well. I see another little critter bites the dust, won't be long before I shall have to change my photographic interests to something else Smile Carol
NDODS 10 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2014 7:41AM
Stunning low level capture Simon, both detail and colour are stunning.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
Another lovely bird Simon,super colour detail and pov.

viscostatic 14 50 11 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2014 8:01AM
What beautiful markings on this bird Simon. Such a beautiful image. Yes, better weather than Thursday and hoping for more this weekend. Might venture out as far as the garden.

JohnoP 15 2
7 Jun 2014 8:25AM
You certainly capture some handsome birds Simon with the most amazing plumage and unique grand sounding names! For your dedication and commitment I think you deserve to have a bird named after you! Smile John
7 Jun 2014 9:05AM
Wonderful once again Simon, love the spotted coat, and the hilarious write up re peoples comments yesterday.
It is such a treat to see all these lovely birds, that we never would see in UK GrinGrin
Maiwand 14 3 73 England
7 Jun 2014 9:06AM
A beautiful bird with what seems to be a very lovely name. Not seen one of these before. Great capture Simon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinRon
bobsblues 11 10 2 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2014 9:09AM
doo, doo, dee, dok - doo, doo, dee, dok". You musical talents are some what limited old chapWink , Unlike your photography which is outstanding, another brilliant capture Simon and excellent write up well done , keep taking the tablets.Wink
cats_123 Plus
17 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
7 Jun 2014 9:11AM
"Da Doo Ron Ron" wasn't that the Crystals? WinkGrinGrinGrin

superb feather detail in this colourful bird Smile
Ted447 Plus
8 216 1 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2014 9:14AM
Another fine image and write up Simon. Ted. GrinGrin
jdinne 18 16 England
7 Jun 2014 9:17AM
Thats a fine looking Lilac-breasted Roller Simon Grin excellent detail

LynneJoyce Plus
13 22 101 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2014 9:31AM
Lovely capture of this fine, smartly turned out avian fashion icon who had the good taste to choose a colour coordinated lunch. Its call was obviously the inspiration for these lyrics by The Police -

Police Lyrics
JuBarney Plus
10 33 5 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2014 11:09AM
A terrific capture of this very handsome bird.
CaroleS Plus
11 442 3 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2014 11:32AM
A new one to me too - what splendid colours, be interesting to see this bird in display (your next challenge please!). Does look as though it needs a shave around that huge beak, a good capture showing its attributes and its lunchSmile
7 Jun 2014 1:05PM
Wow! What a beautiful bird. Stunning detail as always Simon. Love it GrinGrin

ukgubbi 9 5 India
7 Jun 2014 4:10PM
Never seen this before. Lovely
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
7 Jun 2014 4:47PM
A terrific shot of this beautifully marked little bird with a grand name. I can imagine you immitating this birds calls in your dulcit Scottish tones in order to attract it down onto the ground to be photographed!Grin
Lillian Plus
11 23 17 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2014 5:41PM
Oh yummie! and a good image too
ali63 9 791 1 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2014 9:25PM
A beautiful image Simon,

Ali GrinGrin
7 Jun 2014 10:21PM
What a lovely bird. Now Simon that's not sexist! Or is it! Cathy
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 775 England
7 Jun 2014 10:59PM
Another distinctive bird captured so well.
You must have such a catalog of images to surprise us with what's next in this series.
ChiliMan 14 135 17 Singapore
8 Jun 2014 4:15AM
Amazing photography, Simon. The light and detail on this fella are impeckable (sorry, had to be done).

I'll call this well-dressed gent 'Edward'. He seems rather adept at uncovering bugs Wink


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