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Lunch 144

By SimonFletch  
Greetings everyone and thank you for your Votes and Comments on 'Lunch 143 - The Grey-headed Sparrow', aka 'Swahili Sparrow', eating a very green caterpillar.

Oh dear, lots of grief from Carol, 'sad' faces included, for the last couple of uploads - and Lynne didn't help "...we should eat more greens", to Isabel's obvious delight..!! Maybe Richard was right "it does need to learn to chew with its mouth closed!" (beak, Richard Wink ) ... if it had, I wouldn't be in nearly so much trouble..!!

Of course, there were those not in the least bit upset "I love that we can see the eyes on the poor caterpillar in V1" - welome back, Lynette..!! And Keith had it bang to rights "Well if caterpillars must be bright green and advertise themselves as a tasty morsel ...". Quite so Grin

Today's 'Lunch'
I hope that today's upload of a White Stork eating what at first appeared to be a fish, then unfolded itself to become an old piece of furry hide, may at least bring a smile to your face. Talking of which, there's a wonderful upload of a couple of images by Dave , of Carol - in a sort of "it's eating a what...?" and "oh...that's okay, then..! Wink Smile Grin

The White Stork (Ciconia ciconia) is a huge pied stork, 48" (122cm) and a common Paleartic, visiting Kenya between Oct-Apr. It nests in the Northern Hemisphere, often in association with man. It is an opportunistic feeder, often found near insect outbreaks or where recent burning has killed a variety of small prey. They also follow herds, feeding from the disturbed insects.

The White Stork is often seen alone, or in huge flocks, as many as 5,000, soaring in the skies, or feeding on the ground. In Europe, they are often seen nesting on rooftops of buildings and traditionally feature in folklore, as the deliverer of babies. Like many other Storks, the White Stork has no syrinx, or vocal cord, which prohibits them from making any calls. Instead, it is often heard clattering its beak.

Well, I can't get into any trouble today, can I Wink

Have a Treasured Thursday, everyone ...!


Tags: Bird Lunch Eating Kenya Wildlife and nature White stork Nairobi National Park

Voters: tomcurtis, NDODS, gwynn56 and 48 more

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NDODS 10 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2014 6:35AM
Two first rate images each worthy of many accolades, pin sharp with superb colour and detail throughout. "They make for a great mouse over Simon"

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
debu 11 India
19 Jun 2014 6:38AM
A couple of good captures.
Andysnapper 13 109 25 England
19 Jun 2014 6:43AM
Wow, an amazing couple of shots Simon, V1 is simply superb.

ali63 9 791 1 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2014 6:44AM
2 beauties Simon, great work,

Ali GrinGrin
CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
19 Jun 2014 6:48AM
I'll get you back for that, Simon, at least Dave had the decency to remove those images, but I see you purloined them before they disappeared SadSadSad
V.1 definitely looks like a gaping fish, but you say it was a piece of furry hide. I guess the body that was inside the hide at one stage has just been devoured, you arrived a little too late to capture just what it was Smile Carol
Bantu 7 7 1 India
19 Jun 2014 6:52AM
Again both captures,superb.

LynneJoyce Plus
13 22 101 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2014 7:28AM
White Stork Simon? Muckiest Stork on the lake more like, but beautifully captured nonetheless.

These are the guys for whom the farmers in the area of Germany where I was born used to repair the nests in preparation for their return because it was considered lucky to have them nesting on the roof. I don't know whether they still do that (haven't been back there) but it might explain this mucky character. After all if you don't have to do any work nest building you might get to be too lazy to clean yourself up.
19 Jun 2014 7:29AM
Excellent captures Simon, great timing,
cats_123 Plus
17 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
19 Jun 2014 7:47AM
Well, I'ld like to raise the matter of table manners here!!! -- so many of your `birds' have just no etiquette at all....don't you know you should chew 100 times before you swallow!!!!! GrinGrinGrinGrin
barbarahirst 12 27 12 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2014 7:55AM
He could at least had a bath before you took his photo......
Scruffy pup
ChiliMan 14 135 17 Singapore
19 Jun 2014 8:04AM
Haha...Lynne's got a good point about the 'Whiteness' Grin Well, I'm sure it's under there somewhere.

Very interesting, Lynne's info about the farmers in Germany. Your info too, obviously. The best being the word 'syrinx'. Killer word for Scrabble Wink

Two superb shots, Simon, with that light.

I think he's off to his cobbler to have tiny moccasins made with that hide.

viscostatic 14 50 11 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2014 8:06AM
An old piece of furry hide is probably as tender as any Tesco steak. Two great images Simon, of this bird eating with one foot in the air.

nonur 12 18 13 Turkey
19 Jun 2014 12:10PM
Some of them come over here for the summer to breed, Simon. They leave Turkey in September. The order of their flying when coming and leaving is spectacular, they circle in the air until the last one arrives, and as soon as it arrives another one leaves the circle. The circle uncoils and they fly lined up until the next stop where again they circle in the same manner, and it goes on and on like this. These are great shots.
mikbee 14 3 8 Scotland
19 Jun 2014 12:13PM
I agree that it is very grotty looking here Simon.
I hope it was a cleaner one than this that delivered me home when I was born !!
19 Jun 2014 1:16PM
Two excellent shots, Simon - maybe it should have gone to Specsavers and it could have savoured a better choice of lunch!

Maiwand 14 3 73 England
19 Jun 2014 3:45PM
Cracking good image and capture Simon. GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
ukgubbi 9 5 India
19 Jun 2014 4:21PM
Very natural. Love both the images. Excellent capture.
JuBarney Plus
10 33 5 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2014 5:42PM
Splendid shots Simon.
Wish mine from France were this good.
19 Jun 2014 6:35PM
More super shots and fantastic write up. So late today more galavanting Smile
mistere Plus
7 6 4 England
19 Jun 2014 6:37PM
2 superb images Simon, excellent work.
Not a good lunch though, i hope he did better on his next attempt.

19 Jun 2014 7:06PM
V2 for me Simon. Absolutely stunning GrinGrin

bobsblues 11 10 2 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2014 7:52PM
You're causing a lot of interest in this one Simon nearly made Carol squeal when she saw it thought it was a heron again (you can tell she's not a twitcher ) Interesting comments from Lynne and some of the others made me laugh
Great photography again old chap your definitely setting the bar high
Take care catch up at weekend
19 Jun 2014 8:06PM
Two great captures, Simon. Superb comp & colours. v2 is my fave.

19 Jun 2014 8:36PM
Two lovely shots Simon. If it can't make a call it can always send a text! Cathy
Lillian Plus
12 23 17 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2014 10:15PM
needed some clean water to bathe in...two good shots Simon
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 776 England
19 Jun 2014 10:51PM
The stork is being clever. Bright sun and white plumage don't go well together. It's just making sure you don't get any blown highlights!

Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
16 Jul 2014 10:27PM
Two cracking images Simon, such wonderful clarity and feather details in these.

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