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Lunch 139

By SimonFletch  
Greetings everyone and thank you for your Votes and Comments on 'Lunch 138 - The Giraffe'. A couple of you wondered if I took step-ladders with me, although I detect a sense of humour here. Imagine hauling them out of the back of the car, mounting them beside the Giraffe and nipping sprightly up them (that would be a flippin' miracle, on its own), armed with Nathan's 50mm f1.8 - for the Giraffe to disappear and be replaced by a Lion, who had dashed over from the other side of the savanna, peering curiously up at me - and thinking "I must be getting old, I swear I saw a Giraffe standing here" Wink

A few mentioned the 'beautiful, serene, calm, lovely, super cool, laid-back, innocent, endearing' Giraffe's tongue..! You got me wondering, so I Googled it and here, thanks to Wikipedia, is some fascinating information "The giraffe's prehensile tongue is about 50 cm (20 in) long. It is purplish-black in color, perhaps to protect against sunburn, and is useful for grasping foliage, as well as for grooming and cleaning the animal's nose." Come to think of it, I do have some images of Giraffes, with their tongues stuck up their noses - Want to see them, for a Silly Sunday Lunch..?! Perhaps Not, eh Tongue

Interesting to see some other's pet hates, where it comes to the English language. It gets up Jeff's nose ( Wink ), when people mis-use "the inclusion of the additional verb `Do'.....e.g. "We do have....". Andrew made me laugh "Jeff does have a point." Lynne's pet hate is "people speaking with a permanent, inane grin on their faces, that disables mouth movement...." so ... "the double 'o' in look, cook and book..... book becomes 'behrk,' cook becomes 'cehrk' and look becomes 'lehrk.'..". Boss to Accountant "lehrk, you've been cehrking the behrks" Grin Anyone got any more? I'd love to hear them..!

Today's 'Lunch'
... is an image of a Goliath Heron, taken on Lake Baringo, way up in the Great Rift Valley. Sadly, due to deforestation, many of the lakes of the Great Rift have burst their banks and the reeds you see in the background are now under water.

The Goliath Heron (Ardea goliath) is an uncommon bird and the largest member of the Heron family, 60" (150cm). It is found in the larger freshwater lakes of the Great Rift Valley and in southern Kenya, in the shallow margins of estuaries. A heavy bird, it flies with ponderous wingbeats, its heavy legs below horizontal.

I hope this one passes muster for Saturday Shadows..?

Have a Splendid Saturday, everyone ...!


Tags: Fishing Heron Lunch Eating Kenya Wildlife and nature Goliath heron Lake Baringo

Voters: nonur, CarolG, andylea and 38 more

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nonur 12 18 13 Turkey
14 Jun 2014 6:30AM
Another great lunch shot, Simon. I like the bird against the three layered background. Lovely colours.
CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
14 Jun 2014 6:31AM
A fine looking bird, Simon, and I see he has bagged himself a spot of lunch, love the surprised look on the face of his snack Smile Have a great weekend. Carol
bobsblues 11 10 2 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2014 6:43AM
A fine capture of one of my wife's favourite birds Simon the heron (don't know why she likes these so much But she squeals with delight every time she see's one ) SmileWink
mistere Plus
7 6 4 England
14 Jun 2014 7:26AM
Great shot of a Heron doing what it should be doing Simon, catching its lunch from a river in the wild, not perched
on the edge of my pond eyeing up my fish...grrrr

14 Jun 2014 7:38AM
Excellent addition to the series Simon,
NDODS 10 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2014 7:41AM
A Goliath Heron, very aptly named Simon. A quite magnificent species beautifully captured in the warming light. Superb colour and clarity throughout.

Regards NathanGrinGrinGrin
LynneJoyce Plus
13 22 101 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2014 8:21AM
Lehrks gehd to me Simon, a fine, handsome bird beautifully captured in action and in context.

Herons used to be my bête noire until Lillian took me to meet a very cooperative specimen near her home where I got some cracking shots. Having overcome that challenge, now it is the Calpé Flamingoes that taunt me. I think that I am going to have to hire a Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM to get them and hire a bearer to carry it and the tripod!
cats_123 Plus
17 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
14 Jun 2014 8:34AM
As a `black country boy' you might well struggle with my accent, but it's mellowed over the years, but I still struggle with the Norn Irish.....I need subtitles on the telly sometimes..........e.g. Now becomes Nigh.

Fine, layered the ripples in the flowing water..can't quite see what he's caught but it looks surprised to have been disturbed...innit? WinkGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
ChiliMan 14 135 17 Singapore
14 Jun 2014 8:39AM
Hang that David in its beak? I guess the bird version of the story is somewhat different Wink

Great shot, Simon.

14 Jun 2014 9:34AM
An excellent, well detailed shot of this beautiful bird set against a stunning background!

Maiwand 14 3 73 England
14 Jun 2014 9:46AM
A superbly detailed shot of this magnificent bird Simon. Top class.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
barbarahirst 12 27 12 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2014 10:54AM
Incredible capture
viscostatic 14 50 11 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2014 11:25AM
An appropriate name for this monster of a bird. A great shot Simon.

Superb capture Simon,love the background on this shot.

14 Jun 2014 5:14PM
Stunning capture, Simon. Great detail & comp.

14 Jun 2014 5:21PM
A beautiful capture Simon, wonderful detail and lighting GrinGrin

JuBarney Plus
10 33 5 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2014 5:52PM
Well you both had a good catch;
glad to hear you don't travel around the outback with a long ladder!
ali63 9 791 1 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2014 9:38PM
A splendid image Simon,

Ali GrinGrin
14 Jun 2014 10:06PM
Good lighting & composition in this fine capture
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 776 England
15 Jun 2014 10:50PM
Good moaning!
With all this mispronunciation it reminds me of the 'Allo 'Allo comedy series.

Good for a Saturday, yes.

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