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Lunch 134

By SimonFletch  
Greetings everyone and sincere thanks to all who Voted or Commented on 'Lunch 133 - The Striated Heron', with special 'Thank You Very Muches' going to Nezih , Nathan and Effrossini , for your very highly valued User Awards, for which, I am very grateful.

The Heron wasn't popular with everyone, however. Carol wasn't at all impressed ("day off" for 'bugs', today Wink ), saying "how much sustenance can he get from this poor innocent little creature, he's all wings and antennae".... Let alone the fact I called it a Moth - and seemingly, it was a Butterfly that the Heron half-drowned in the river.... "to make it seem more like a fish", suggested Lynne, "ever had cornflakes without milk?", asked Andrew, "a bit of a furry mouthful, no wonder it dunked it ..", stated Carole, "to wash it", mused Ju, "...crows and magpies dunk bread in water to soften it, so it makes sense that this bird's dunking dry food" was offered by Keith. And finally "why not dunk your dunking your biscuit in your have to be quick mind or it all falls apart!" - John, I reckon that's the reason 'why' - it wanted to get rid of those "wings and antennae" that Carol was talking about..?! Just leaving the nice crunchy bit in the middle Wink Blush

Thank you all for those wonderful comments, you really do make my world go round..!

Today's 'Lunch'
.... is a Brimstone Canary (Serinus sulphuratus sharpii), whose scientific name is longer than the bird, at a Sparrow-sized 5.5" (14cm). A stocky Canary and commonly found in open woodlands, gardens and cultivated areas in the west of Kenya. Usually found on its own, or in pairs, it is less gregarious than other Canaries.

Often seen conspicuously perched on bushes and fences, it has a loud and prolonged song of sweet twittering phrases and trills, rising at the end. So say my bird books - why then, have I only ever seen one once - and the damn bird was buried in bush-land, munching on seeds..?!

Have a Marvelous Monday, everyone ...!


Tags: Lunch Eating Kenya Wildlife and nature Olare Orok Conservancy Brimstone Canary

Voters: LynneJoyce, 213hardy, ade123 and 32 more

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LynneJoyce Plus
13 22 101 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2014 6:32AM
A spectacularly coloured vegetarian that ought to keep Carol happy this morning. Just a mite too garish to be a fashion icon, other than within its own avian ranks.
bobsblues 11 10 2 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2014 6:50AM
A fine colorful capture from the master himself nice to see it eating one of its five a day as recommended by the government.Smile
ali63 9 791 1 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2014 7:01AM
A striking coloured bird Simon SmileSmileSmile

CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
9 Jun 2014 7:04AM
A very pretty bird, Simon, and I am thrilled to hear that he's a vegetarian Smile Carol
9 Jun 2014 7:21AM
Fine image Simon, you've captured some nice detail,
JohnoP 15 2
9 Jun 2014 7:40AM
What a delightful little bird Simon! You have captured a beautiful seed eater with a butterfly name, ie a Brimstone, so Carol should be very pleased! Smile John
9 Jun 2014 7:42AM
Really fantastic colours you have captured him really well, he is bright and beautiful and eating something quite pleasing today.GrinGrin
viscostatic 14 50 11 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2014 7:46AM
A beautiful little bird Simon, well caught with a full beak.

barbarahirst 12 27 12 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2014 7:54AM
Really tucking in....Must be yummy
Maiwand 14 3 73 England
9 Jun 2014 8:47AM
Lovely capture Simon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ted447 Plus
8 216 1 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2014 9:02AM
Another great image Simon. Ted. GrinGrin
cats_123 Plus
17 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
9 Jun 2014 9:33AM

Quote: it has a loud and prolonged song of sweet twittering phrases and trills, rising at the end
is it Australian then? WinkGrinGrin
jdinne 18 16 England
9 Jun 2014 10:14AM
Another yummy cracker Simon

Another super image Simon with great detail and colour.

Regards Bob.
mikbee 14 3 8 Scotland
9 Jun 2014 2:20PM
Looks like a set of false teeth it has in its mouth here Simon.
If they are,I would be changing my dentist for the shocking fit here !!
JuBarney Plus
10 33 5 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2014 5:16PM
A pretty little bird; well captured
9 Jun 2014 10:24PM
What a lovely bird Simon. Have a nice day. Cathy
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 776 England
9 Jun 2014 10:45PM
Sounds ike it was very tricky to capture, but it was worth it.
ChiliMan 14 135 17 Singapore
10 Jun 2014 2:02AM
Serinus sulphuratus sharpii. I do believe that's Latin for 'seriously sulphurous sharp thing'. It is not widely known that 'ii' at the end stands for 'thing'.

Right-O...class dismissed, OFF to the playground Grin

A fine shot of this 'toothy' bird you have here, Simon. I had the exact same thoughts as Mick about the teeth!!

jaktis Plus
17 84 Sweden
10 Jun 2014 5:18AM
Lovely combination of tones

Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
10 Jun 2014 11:29AM
Very cute! Grin He's got a gob full! GrinGrinGrin
Love the colour!

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