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Lunch 140

By SimonFletch  
Greetings everyone and my thanks for your Votes and Comments on 'Lunch 139 - The Goliath Heron'. Rob's wife apparently loves Herons and "squeals with delight" every time she sees one. The poor old chap doesn't "know why she likes these so much". That's an easy one, Rob; it's the long, slim, hairless legs, you see. Much more preferable to short, fat, hairy ones Wink

Dave was pleased to see the "Heron doing what it should be doing .... catching its lunch from a river in the wild, not perched on the edge of my pond eyeing up my fish...". On a serious note here, folks, if anyone has a pond with fish in it, I can highly recommend Netfloats. We have used them for some years now, having had a Heron visit our pond and relieve us of several hundred pounds worth of fish - and they work..! My youngest son asked me once, why the fish hide under the bridge all the time. "They are Koi", I told him..Wink

Carrying on with our English language saga, Lynne thought the Goliath Heron "Lehrks gehd" (looks good), while Jeff commented on various dialects, saying "As a`black country boy' you might well struggle with my accent....but I still struggle with the Norn Irish.....e.g. Now becomes Nigh.". Aye, Jeff, the Scottish accent has much the same effect on folk. We certainly struggle with the Aberdonians - those from Aberdeen. Not only whose Scottish dialect is very difficult to understand, but also have their own language, Doric. Mother and Father are spoken thus "mither and faither", but written "midder and fadder"..! If you are up for it, a small quiz - what is the most misused (and second shortest) word in the English language..?

Today's 'Lunch'
I have done my best for the last few days, to keep Carol happy, but today, that changes Wink The Secretary Bird is the guilty culprit.

The Secretary Bird (Sagittarius serpentarius), is a huge bird, 55" (140cm) and only found in Africa - and throughout Kenya particularly. It is adapted to a pedestrian mode of life, but does fly, particularly to roost on top of trees or tall bushes. It is tall and elegant, often seen walking through long grass, in search of prey.

The black plumes at the back of its head may resemble a secretary's quill (pen), but the bird's name is actually a corruption of 'saqr-et-tair', an Arabic-based word, meaning 'hunter-bird'.

A raptorial bill is used for dispatching live prey, along with its long, pink legs with knee-length trousers, which are used to club and tackle dangerous snakes, such as Puff Adder and Cobra. They eat other reptiles, as well as small birds and mammals. And, of course, Carol's precious 'bugs' Blush

V3 is my attempt at a Silly Sunday image, where the Secretary Bird dropped it's "Lunch", I lowered the camera to catch the action - and the lens focussed on a piece of grass that was in front of the bird. On of those "rollocks" moments - for both the Secretary Bird and me ..!

Have a Subjective Sunday, everyone ...!


Tags: Bird Lunch Eating Secretary bird Wildlife and nature Olare Orok Conservancy

Voters: CarolG, M_squared, LynneJoyce and 36 more

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CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
15 Jun 2014 6:30AM
Didn't think it could last, Simon Sad Looks like a poor mantis has met its end, I was wondering why I had spotted only one of these little fellas here this year, now I know why. But on a good note, this fine bird has to be praised for its dislike of cobras and puff adders, two critters that I am quite happy to see being disposed of as lunch by some hungry secretary bird Smile Carol
LynneJoyce Plus
13 22 101 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2014 7:27AM
Another feathered fashion icon for our delectation. Love the headgear (I believe that these are called fascinators) but much as I love them, I'm not sure that the pantaloons will catch on. Nobody can fail to be enchanted by a long legged bird though (Lifesnapper and Mikbee please note.)

Two excellent captures of this magnificent creature enjoying its lunch and how refreshing of you to post V3 and own it as a 'rollocks' moment. Most of us would bin that one though some of the more pretentious among us might convert it to mono, add gritty grain and claim it to be deliberate! Ahem, I feel a pretentious, arty-farty moment coming on - I might just have a go!
Super set Simon,what a great capture of this amazing bird,love it.

bobsblues 11 10 2 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2014 7:53AM
I always wondered about the short fat hairy one's Simon maybe if I tried Lynne's suggestion about the pantaloons and fascinators might stop her squealing about the Heron's Wink Ohh and by the way less of the old Tongue
Must say dear Chap you have caught this bird wonderfully but I can't see it being much use as a secretary hows it going to type with only its beak Blush
Have a fascinating day my friend Im sure I will
15 Jun 2014 7:59AM
Super set Simon,
Lillian Plus
12 23 17 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2014 8:09AM
A great varied set Simon
has to be portrait in V2
viscostatic 14 50 11 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2014 8:12AM
That's an impressive bird Simon. All the more for eating snakes; creatures I simply cannot abide. The dispatch of the mantis is good but I would have preferred a cobra to be consumed.

15 Jun 2014 8:28AM
What an amazing bird - thought it was a 'bird in flight' image from the thumbnail!
Excellent work!

15 Jun 2014 9:25AM
Super set of images
My favourite V1 for the pose
15 Jun 2014 9:53AM
Great set V2 for meSmile
barbarahirst 12 27 12 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2014 10:19AM
Now that is some bird...
Cant image much nourishment from v 2
I suppose like lopping in a small peanut for us
The details in 1 and 2 just awesome
barbarahirst 12 27 12 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2014 10:20AM
cats_123 Plus
17 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
15 Jun 2014 10:37AM

Quote:Miss Moneypenny: You know, this sort of behaviour could qualify as sexual harassment.
James Bond: Really. What's the penalty for that?
Miss Moneypenny: Someday, you'll have to make good on your innuendos.


Quiz answer: NO?
NDODS 10 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2014 10:55AM
A wonderful looking bird, but one can't imagine at it doing any form of Shorthand, let alone Pitman's

Another superbly captured set of high quality images Simon, my hat off to you once again for your photographic skill and prowess.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
good set

ukgubbi 9 5 India
15 Jun 2014 12:27PM
V1 - has great expression and pose. Love the hairdo. Great set.
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2014 12:55PM
Excellent captures! Did "lunch" get away then?
Exquisit bird! Grin
Maiwand 14 3 73 England
15 Jun 2014 7:05PM
Seen one of these in my local bird reserve Simon. Always impressed withthe strong stamping leg action they use to kill snakes. Most effective.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
15 Jun 2014 8:49PM
Stunning Simon. V2 for me. Superb detail GrinGrin

ali63 9 791 1 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2014 9:59PM
Superb captures Simon,

Ali GrinGrin
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 776 England
15 Jun 2014 10:58PM
Great captures, I first saw one of these birds at the bird of prey centre in Newent many years ago.

Quote:As a`black country boy' you might well struggle with my accent

Arr that's roight ay it Grin
15 Jun 2014 11:24PM
Great set of images, Simon.

Bantu 7 7 1 India
16 Jun 2014 3:49AM
A great closeup,superb.

Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
16 Jul 2014 10:37PM
Some real stonkers Simon, this long legged bird has really captured the epzers' imagination!Smile

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