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Lunch 146

By SimonFletch  
Greetings everyone and thank you for your Votes and Comments on 'Lunch 145 - The Sacred Ibis'. A special Thank You, to Lynne, for the splendid poem. It wasn't quite what POETS day stands for, but was beautifully put together and really funny, too..!

Thanks, too, go to Nezih, for some great research on the Bald Ibis, once lost to Turkey, now re-introduced, but caged from August to January, to stop them migrating and being lost. Man, putting right, what man put wrong..?

Wonderful comments from you all, yesterday, on The Sacred Ibis, or "avian dustbin", as Carol so aptly named it..!!

Today's 'Lunch'
I thought I'd behave today, for a change, and upload an animal. In this instance, more of a lawnmower..!

One of Africa's Big Five, the 'White Rino', also known as the Square-lipped Rhino, are divided into 'northern' (almost extinct) and 'southern' (Ceratotherium simum simum) species. The name 'white' has nothing to do with its colour, the common understanding is that its name is derived from the Dutch word for 'wide', describing its mouth, which is ideally adapted for grazing. Conversely, the 'Black Rhino' (Diceros bicornis) name is simply to distinguish from the 'White Rino'. It has a hook-shaped top lip.

Second only in size to Elephants, in Kenya, the White Rhino's square-muzzled head is always kept close to the ground. It has a large hump (unlike the Black Rhino), on its neck / shoulder. It is usually found in areas of short-grass savanna, with areas of bush for cover from the sun. It requires water for drinking and wallowing. A more sociable animal than its cousin, the White Rhino is sometimes found in small, loose-knit groups, with a dominant bull. Bulls have dungmiddens, marking their territory. The White Rhino is quick on its feet, reaching speeds of 40 kph.

After a gestation period of 480 days (16 months), which is second lengthiest to the Elephant, a single calf is born, weighing around 40kgs The calf will stay with its mother for 2-3 years, being kicked out when the mother is due to have another calf. The White Rhino will live for 40-50 years.

The low sun on the day this was taken, provided a Shadow Smile

Have a Satisfactory Saturday, everyone ...!


Tags: Lunch Eating Rhino White rhino Wildlife and nature Nairobi National Park

Voters: CarolG, nonur, bobsblues and 36 more

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CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
21 Jun 2014 6:29AM
A super capture, Simon, I've heard of people using sheep as lawnmowers in their garden, but this is ridiculous Grin Though with a garden my size, maybe I should think about getting one GrinGrinGrin Have a great weekend. Carol
nonur 12 18 13 Turkey
21 Jun 2014 6:33AM
I have always been fascinated by rhinos especially because of their shapes, armour-like skins and horns. Thank you for your explanation of the difference between white and black rhinos, Simon, now I know why they are called so. It's a great shot with some shadow, but I wonder why the horn is so dark and has a polished look. Perhaps, it is a new growth.
bobsblues 11 10 2 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2014 6:43AM
Looks like this one is charging at you Simon. A fabulous shot of this magnificent beast and a very informative write up
21 Jun 2014 7:27AM
Fine capture Simon, great pose,
viscostatic 14 50 11 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2014 8:01AM
That's quite a mouthful of grass the Rhino has Simon, and a very shiny horn. A great image of a magnificent creature.

21 Jun 2014 8:15AM
Wonderful Simon. A lawnmower.? It would take all of 3 seconds to devour mine Smile it's always grand to read your write up and I love the way he looks at you
Have a super Saturday
Patty Smile
21 Jun 2014 8:18AM
Super image of this Rhino & again great narrative Simon
ChiliMan 14 135 17 Singapore
21 Jun 2014 9:02AM
Holy cow (no pun intended), a newborn calf weighs 40 kilos!! Ouch.

Super capture, Simon. Interesting info too.

Looks like the rhino is chewing over whether or not to charge you Smile

debu 11 India
21 Jun 2014 9:07AM
Great shot, very nicely capture.
21 Jun 2014 9:11AM
Looks like it's after you for lunch, Simon!
This could have been your last photo!!WinkWink

barbarahirst 12 27 12 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2014 9:17AM
Munch munch munch....
My neighbours guinea pig keeps our lawns down and she only measures about 8"
Your monster.....Gosh it doesn't bear thinking......
All of Leeds would be trimmed in a day
JuBarney Plus
10 33 5 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2014 10:37AM
A great POV and glad you had a long lens!
(Saturdays should be super, not just satisfactory!!)
21 Jun 2014 12:16PM
Excellent capture, SImon and great info as always!!
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2014 12:43PM
Wonderful precious animal... Superb shot Simon!
My UA goes for the plight of endangered Rinos in this fragile Earth of ours...
Fefe Plus
9 57 36 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2014 1:08PM
Lawn Mower....Mmmmm.....thanks but we just got a new one from ArgosGrinGrinGrin
ukgubbi 9 5 India
21 Jun 2014 3:53PM
Good eye contact. Excellent.
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 776 England
21 Jun 2014 7:43PM

Quote:Looks like it's after you for lunch, Simon!

Quote:A great POV and glad you had a long lens!

Don't they have quite poor eyesight?
Now where's that 50 mm f/1.8 ...
21 Jun 2014 8:20PM
Great capture, Simon. Superb light & comp.

Maiwand 14 3 73 England
21 Jun 2014 8:39PM
Magnificent creature Simon. A wonder creation of nature.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
LynneJoyce Plus
13 22 101 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2014 10:45PM

Quote:Looks like this one is charging you Simon. A fabulous shot of this magnificent beast and a very informative write up

How did Rob know and how much did the Rhinoceros charge you? Whatever amount it was, it was well worth it to get this wonderful shot.
Bantu 7 7 1 India
22 Jun 2014 4:58AM
Wild life in action,lovely.

jaktis Plus
17 84 Sweden
22 Jun 2014 6:59AM
So great with the mouth full of grass

ali63 9 791 1 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2014 7:48PM
A fine image of this great beast Simon,

Ali GrinGrin
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
15 Jul 2014 7:35PM
I hope he didn't charge you for taking his photograph!Wink

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