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Lunch 133

By SimonFletch  
Hello everyone. Thank you for your Votes and Comments on 'Lunch 132 - D'Arnaud's Barbet', who got me into trouble with Carol again. I don't suppose today's offering will do me any favours, either Blush

John said a nice thing "For your dedication and commitment I think you deserve to have a bird named after you!". There is one, John, I met her once, "Simone" - no, that's not sexist, Cathy ..!! What's this, about the wee bird's song..? That flippin' Pirate, Rob started everyone off "...."doo, doo, dee, dok - doo, doo, dee, dok". Your musical talents are some what limited old chap" Mine...?! You should hear me sing, Rob. A wee dram and a hot bath - the most melodious tunes eminate (in my "dulcit Scottish tones", as Ed put it - yeh, right, I get very Scottish, after a dram or two!). I've had neighbours knocking and making requests..... "can we have The Sound of Silence, Simon (& Garfuncle)" Grin I am sure that this wee Barbet was an inspiration, with its beautiful song, Jeff and Lynne - but The Crystals and The Police..? Doubt they were inspired. Take the latter "nah nah, nah nah, nah na" Wink

" interesting to see this bird in display (your next challenge please!)" - sorry, Carole, I don't do 'requests' - although I do a lovely rendition of The Sound of Silence, if you're interested ..?!

Today's 'Lunch'
Picture, if you will, yet another chase from tree to tree, following a Hornbill, when the damn thing flew across a river, with not a fording place in sight. The consolation was in the shape of a Grey Heron, fishing (Lunch 122), whom we sat and watched for an hour or so. During which time, this demented Striated Heron came racing across the rocks in the river and plonked himself beside the river. For about one minute .... then it raced to the other side and plonked himself there. This behaviour carried on, most uncharacteristically, for quite a while.

The Striated Heron (also known as the Green-backed Heron) is normally very shy and creeps about in undergrowth and under tree branches. This one must have scared off all the fish in this stretch of the river ..!! Frustrated, it then dashed off into the bushes and returned with a large moth in its beak. Triumphantly, it crept up to the river - and to my utter amazement, dunked the moth into the water - only briefly - it certainly wasn't to drown it, although it looked somewhat bedraggled afterwards - then swallowed it ...!

How Silly is that, for Sunday ...?!

Have a Sabbatical Sunday, everyone ...!


Tags: Moth Heron Lunch Eating Wildlife and nature Striated Heron Olare Orok Conservancy Green-backed Heron

Voters: gwynn56, debu, CarolG and 32 more

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debu 11 India
8 Jun 2014 6:07AM
Lovely set of images.
CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
8 Jun 2014 6:18AM
Oh no, a butterfly, do these birds spare no thought for the beautiful things in nature, such as butterflies, and leave them to flutter around in peace SadSadSad After all, how much sustenance can he get from this poor innocent little creature, he's all wings and antennaeSad
A trio of fine captures, Simon Smile Carol
jaktis Plus
17 84 Sweden
8 Jun 2014 6:18AM
A great write up and lovely pictures

LynneJoyce Plus
13 22 101 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2014 6:21AM
Hysterical Heron mouths mad moth, dunks it in the water to make it seem more like a fish then scoffs it. Only you could encounter this bizarre feast then record it to prove that it isn't one of your tall tales Simon!

A fascinating and well captured set from which V3 is my personal favourite - love the water droplets.
8 Jun 2014 6:53AM
Three superb images. Well captured.
Another fine set of images Simon.

8 Jun 2014 7:31AM
Another super set of well detailed images Simon,
nonur 12 18 13 Turkey
8 Jun 2014 7:33AM
A superb set, Simon. So sharp and the clarity is astonishing. Well done, mate. You must have a brawny tripod.
NDODS 10 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2014 7:55AM
Your wildlife photography is of a constantly high standard and as always it gives me such great pleasure viewing them. Please except my award for your incredible consistency.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
viscostatic 14 50 11 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2014 8:06AM
Three superb images Simon. I know how timid herons are and have never managed to photograph one. Often they fly off before I even know they are there mainly because of me crashing through the undergrowth.

barbarahirst 12 27 12 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2014 8:56AM
Lunch indeed....and life goes on
ChiliMan 14 135 17 Singapore
8 Jun 2014 10:38AM
I'm not surprised at the heron's antics with the dunking. Have you ever had cornflakes without milk? Bit dry, innit.

Utterly superb captures, Simon, especially Vs 2 and 3. Great view of that gorgeous moth in V1!

You gonna torment CarolG again tomorrow with another insect dish? Grin


PS Yesterday's shadow - yep, I always have Saturdays in mind when I see shadows now Smile
cats_123 Plus
17 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
8 Jun 2014 12:27PM
Once saw a `Striated' heron in the Galapagos, but he or perhaps she was a brown colour - sat patiently on a fence for all would be photographers GrinGrinGrin
CaroleS Plus
11 442 3 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2014 3:01PM
A bit of a furry mouthful, no wonder it dunked it in waterGrin Super shot Simon.
Maiwand 14 3 73 England
8 Jun 2014 3:04PM
A trio of excellent images Simon. Well spotted Sir.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
JuBarney Plus
10 33 5 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2014 5:08PM
Delightful shots;
he obviously dunked the moth to wash it!
Mike_Smith Plus
13 774 2 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2014 5:28PM
Three wonderful captures Simon, if there was a photography competition entitled Lunch, i am sure you would win it.
JohnoP 15 2
8 Jun 2014 6:30PM
Cracking trio Simon...and why not dunk your dunking your biscuit in your have to be quick mind or it all falls apart! Smile John
ali63 9 791 1 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2014 8:07PM
That poor Moth SadSad great images Simon,

Ali SmileSmile
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 775 England
8 Jun 2014 11:18PM
I've seen crows and magpies dunk bread in water to soften it, so it makes sense that this bird's dunking dry food.
Not the normal choice for a heron but they are quite opportunistic with food. Obviously has a taste for them Smile
8 Jun 2014 11:36PM
Three awesome images, Simon!!!
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
8 Jun 2014 11:43PM
A terrific set of images of this heron devouring the moth, these definitely fall into the category of light lunch as the moth doesn't look too filling for a bird of this size
Bantu 7 7 1 India
9 Jun 2014 3:36AM
Perfect closeup,beautiful Simon.

Superb set, Simon. Congrats on the UAs.
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
10 Jun 2014 11:26AM
Congratulations Simon!
Three outstanding shots...

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