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Lunch 141

By SimonFletch  
Greetings everyone and thank you for your Votes and Comments on 'Lunch 140 - The Secretary Bird'. Kudos to Lynne, for her 'mods' on my 'rollocks' moment, I particularly liked the puce coloured one. Makes it look like the bird was being sick - which would please Carol, no end..!!

A few on here don't seem to like snakes, "I would have preferred a cobra to be consumed". Me too, Phil, I've followed Secretary Birds for hours and never seen it happening. Seen them 'stamping', but must have been a frog, or some-such, because it was tossed back in a trice. "....I can't see it being much use as a secretary, how's it going to type with only its beak" & "one can't imagine at it doing any form of Shorthand, let alone Pitman's" from Rob & Nathan, had me chuckle. I wouldn't want the damn thing on my lap, either, especially with all that 'stamping' going on...Blush

Keith entered the English language fray "Good moaning! With all this mispronunciation it reminds me of the 'Allo 'Allo comedy series." and quoted Jeff's remark about "As a`black country boy' you might well struggle with my accent", saying "Arr that's roight ay it "...!

'No' was not the answer in my mind, Jeff, but I loved your presentation of the answer..!! The two letter word, that I feel is the most misused is ... "as" - in place of - "because". An example - a while ago, I was sent an email by a magazine "can we have your image as we go to press on Friday". I duly sent the image, mid-day, that Friday, asking why they had wanted the image as they went to press...! I have come across many such 'howlers', since. Have you?

Today's 'Lunch'
... is a Thomson's Gazelle, munching happily at the short grass in the Nairobi National Park.

Thomson's Gazelles (Eudorcas Thomsonii), often referred to simply as 'Tommy', are the most common of the Gazelle found on Kenya's open stubby grassland. They are hunted by all big cats and prefer the shorter grass for safety. Their distinctive black strip down the side sets them aside from other species. They are found in herds numbering up to 60, led by an old female, accompanied by a single mature male. Individuals constantly leave and join other herds. Rams are only territorial during the rut and there is little posturing or ritual. Like many Gazelle and Antelope, when threatened, they 'pronk' - make stiff-legged jumps and the hairs on their rumps are flared.

There seems to be no 'season' for mating, with Lambs being dropped at any time of year. After a gestation period of 188 days, a single Lamb, weighing approximately 2.5kg is born, which will live up to 10 years.

Have a Magnificent Monday, everyone ...!


Tags: Lunch Eating Gazelle Wildlife and nature Thomsons gazelle Nairobi National Park

Voters: Golgoon, NDODS, nonur and 38 more

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NDODS 10 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2014 6:02AM
Not only beautiful but perfectly captured Simon.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
nonur 12 18 13 Turkey
16 Jun 2014 6:07AM
So nicely focused, Simon. I love the way it is sharp against the blur.
CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
16 Jun 2014 6:28AM
A very beautiful animal, Simon, and perfectly captured. Carol
Andysnapper 13 109 25 England
16 Jun 2014 6:32AM
Superb shot Simon and such a wonderful subject.

16 Jun 2014 6:55AM
Great image, Simon. Interesting narrative which adds great context.

LynneJoyce Plus
13 22 101 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2014 6:59AM
A de-light-ful (sorry, couldn't resist) portrait of Tommy, the low angle of light is particularly effective in emphasising the texture of the antlers.

Re my mods of your Secretary bird's art version, Simon, have you no artistic soul? The version that you so insultingly dismiss as puce was actually an allusion to nature red in tooth and claw!
ali63 9 791 1 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2014 7:10AM
Beautiful capture Simon,

Ali SmileSmile
16 Jun 2014 7:13AM
A wonderful profile of this very alert looking gazelle!
It had you spotted, Simon!!Smile

16 Jun 2014 7:30AM
Lovely light on this beautiful Gazelle Simon. Perfectly captured GrinGrin

barbarahirst 12 27 12 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2014 7:44AM
Such fine legs....a true beauty
16 Jun 2014 7:58AM
Excellent Simon, great pose and detail captured,
16 Jun 2014 9:42AM
Really fantastic Simon, super pose and great write up again

Patty GrinGrin
cats_123 Plus
17 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
16 Jun 2014 10:12AM
Lunch for somebody Grin
16 Jun 2014 11:46AM
Good POV & super close up image of this gazelle Simon

bobsblues 11 10 2 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2014 12:27PM
A delightful capture Simon, must google that word though PRONK can't say ive heard of it before although I'm sure Lynne will have .Wink
Maiwand 14 3 73 England
16 Jun 2014 4:09PM
Lovely dainty creatures Simon. An excellent capture.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
JuBarney Plus
10 33 5 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2014 5:16PM
A delightful capture
viscostatic 14 50 11 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2014 6:30PM
Beautiful light here Simon showing the markings on the coat so well.

16 Jun 2014 7:11PM
An excellent capture of this beautiful gazelle, Simon!! Love the light!
16 Jun 2014 9:45PM
Lovely shot Simon. Very wise to eat short grass! Cathy
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 776 England
16 Jun 2014 10:59PM
A lovely shot Simon.
Jeff's comment was one of my first thoughts too Grin
Bantu 7 7 1 India
17 Jun 2014 4:34AM
Every time,there is always a perfect capture.

Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
18 Jun 2014 6:11AM
A beautiful capture of this graceful animal Simon!
Good light and posture...
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
16 Jul 2014 10:33PM
A fine shot of this graceful gazelle grazing

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