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Lunch 138

By SimonFletch  
Greetings all and thank you for your Votes and Comments on 'Lunch 137 - The Speckle-fronted Weaver'. It certainly kept Carol happy and peace continues today, too Smile Seemingly, Lynne was quite taken with the 'Speckled' part of the Weaver's headgear, which she "might well replicate if ever invited to a formal occasion. I think I'll pass on the moustache though.". Maybe have a matching moustache made for Garrath..?!

Three (out of 22) questioned the word 'Theocentric', meaning the rest of you knew its meaning (Lynn's bound to, I swear that woman swallowed a dictionary at birth..!)? Isn't the English language wonderful? I have some 'pet hates' for the way it's currently being mistreated. "Going Forward" was a 'modern phrase' used on a TV motoring program the other day - were they really going to talk about their cars "going backwards"..!! The phrase has woven its way into some folks vocabulary and they now absentmindedly add it in to their conversation, 'like' ..!!

Today's 'Lunch'
The 'Masai Giraffe' in Nairobi National Park are used to cars driving around the park's roads and rarely move out of the way. They carry on eating, even if a car passes within inches of them. Thus, it's fairly easy to get head shots of them eating. I hope today's trio will provide an amusing 'mouse-over' sequence.

Giraffes occupy dry savanna woodlands, particularly Acacia, Commiphora, Combretum and Terminalia trees. Almost exclusively browsers, they eat leaves, young shoots & flowers. Acess to drinking water is essential. They feed both during the day and night, resting during the hottest hours.

Giraffes move in large areas of up to 120km sq, in herds of up to 30. Their groups are not stable and many move between herds. Adult bulls are generally solitary. At full gallop, a Giraffe can sustain 60kph.

A single calf is born after around 450 days gestation. It can walk within 1 hour of being born. Giraffes grow up to weigh up to 1.4 tons (1 ton for females), standing 5.2 metres tall (4.7m for females).

Have a Fraternal Friday, everyone ...!


Tags: Giraffe Lunch Eating Wildlife and nature Nairobi National Park Somali Giraffe

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Andysnapper 13 109 25 England
13 Jun 2014 6:30AM
More excellent shots and lots of lovely info as well, every days a school day, thanks Simon.

CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
13 Jun 2014 6:43AM
You must have been carrying a very long step-ladder with you to get these wonderful images, Simon Wink Great to see him enjoying his vegetarian meal, too Smile Carol
3 great images of this beautiful animal Simon,super detail,love V3.

13 Jun 2014 7:29AM
V1 for me I dont know how you managed a head shot, Steps? that you carry around with you?
another great write up to accompy the super shots of the lovely Giraffe

Have a fab Friday Patty GrinGrinGrinGrin
cats_123 Plus
17 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
13 Jun 2014 7:31AM
One of the few animals that I have managed to see `for real' and up close (whilst in South Africa - a few years ago now). Fabulous creatures, so calm and serene. GrinGrinGrin

My current pet hate of mis-use of the English Language is the inclusion of the additional verb `Do'.....e.g. "We do have...." SadSadSad
NDODS 10 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
13 Jun 2014 7:47AM
There is something quite endearing about the Giraffe. You have captured their charm and beauty perfectly Simon, thanks for sharing your knowledge and images.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
13 Jun 2014 7:48AM
3 excellent close up's Simon,
viscostatic 14 50 11 United Kingdom
13 Jun 2014 8:08AM
Such beautiful animals giraffes, even with that tongue. Great sequence Simon.

barbarahirst 12 27 12 United Kingdom
13 Jun 2014 8:39AM
just luv that tongue
Bantu 7 7 1 India
13 Jun 2014 8:41AM
Simon,superb closeup.

ChiliMan 14 135 17 Singapore
13 Jun 2014 10:25AM
V1: "Oh great...another one. Keep chewing and he'll move on."
V2: *chew chew chew*
V3: "Hit the road, Jack."

Superb sequence, Simon Smile


PS "They feed both during the day and night, resting during the hottest hours." Omg...I'm a giraffe!
ChiliMan 14 135 17 Singapore
13 Jun 2014 10:26AM

Quote:My current pet hate of mis-use of the English Language is the inclusion of the additional verb `Do'.....e.g. "We do have...." SadSadSad

Jeff does have a point.
LynneJoyce Plus
13 22 101 United Kingdom
13 Jun 2014 12:48PM
Three superb images of the Masai Giraffe, obviously super cool, laid-back residents of the huge drive around zoo that is the Masai Mara. They really are beautiful creatures.

Of course I know what theocentric means, though I am not a believer in theocentricism myself. Neither am I a believer in anthropocentrism. I do think that humans punch way above their weight and have devastated the natural balance. Inevitably it will be to our, and the planet's cost.

As for offences against the English language, there are many that irritate, but the one that really annoys me is the tendency to mispronounce the double 'o' in look, cook and book with a sloppy 'ehr' sound so that book becomes 'behrk,' cook becomes 'cehrk' and look becomes 'lehrk.' I think it comes from people speaking with a permanent, inane grin on their faces that disables mouth movement. What a pity it doesn't disable their vocal chords!!!
ali63 9 791 1 United Kingdom
13 Jun 2014 4:19PM
beautiful images Simon,

Maiwand 14 3 73 England
13 Jun 2014 6:59PM
Another of your superb wildlife images Simon. Very good shot of the Giraffe.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
JuBarney Plus
10 33 5 United Kingdom
13 Jun 2014 7:59PM
Terrific shots
bobsblues 11 10 2 United Kingdom
13 Jun 2014 8:00PM
Love these shots Simon if you flick between 1and 2 it looks like it's actually chewing well done old chap Wink
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2014 12:45AM
ukgubbi 9 5 India
14 Jun 2014 3:45AM
They look so innocent. Love these closeup shots.
14 Jun 2014 9:30AM
Three wonderful close ups, Simon - some interesting and amusing comments, too!!

dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 776 England
15 Jun 2014 10:45PM
They may not be inclined to move out of the way of a car, but at well over a tonne you wouldn't want to run into one either Grin

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