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Lunch 148

By SimonFletch  
Greetings everyone and thank you for your votes and comments on 'Lunch 147 - Pata Rusa'. Some commented on Oscar's "stature" - "looks well fed .... that's always a good sign". You set me to thinking about that iconic UK roadside eatery The Little Chef. I recall about 10 years ago, the owners were planning to revamp the logo and 'Fat Charlie' was to be sent on a slimming course, to return as a slimmed-down version. 15,000 customers wrote in, complaining...! Started in the 50's, the chain of restaurants numbered 439 by 1999, but competition and a tired menu have seen a drop to just 78 today.

Keith said "We should have at least as good a seafood culture being an island, but sadly we don't.". Last Saturday, we drove across country to Ullapool, a fishing town on the west coast of Scotland, for arguably the best Fish 'n' Chips around. We parked up on a headland, north of the town and gorged on Haddock that was too hot to handle, whilst looking out over the entrance to the harbour. Aside from a few small boats, specialising in hand-dived shellfish, the only other fishing boats entering the harbour are mammoth vessels. Waiting at the dockside, they have a small fleet of 16 wheel refrigerated lorries, each with two drivers, that don't stop until they arrive at their destinations in Spain. A drive of 1,670 miles to the border...!

Today's 'Lunch'
.... is a set of images where 'whatever can go wrong, goes wrong'...! One day, on the Olare Orok Conservancy, bordering the Masai Mara, we came across a Fish Eagle with the remains of a large Catfish. No images of the original fish, just a muddied lump of loin... and the Eagle was standing on it, firmly on guard - and creating its own shadow. It took off and I just managed to get it in frame, top-to-bottom (slightly too far forward, thus the square crop), but its wingtip obscured its head. It landed in a tree and we raced over, managing to get a half-decent image in horribly dappled light. The excitement started, when it was joined by another Fish Eagle and a Bateleur Eagle (the latter, just out of shot), eyeing up the muddy morsel. My photo-shoot was soon over, when it flew off, across the river and out of range.

A few 'rollocks' moments, to share with you ...Wink

Have a Munificent Monday, everyone ...!


Tags: Bird Lunch Eating Kenya Eagle Fish eagle Wildlife and nature Olare Orok Conservancy

Voters: jaktis, CarolG, prabhusinha and 42 more

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jaktis Plus
17 84 Sweden
23 Jun 2014 5:30AM

CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
23 Jun 2014 5:31AM
A fine set of images, Simon, especially V.2. Carol
prabhusinha 13 5 5 India
23 Jun 2014 5:34AM
A lovely work
Andysnapper 13 109 25 England
23 Jun 2014 6:37AM
Excellent shots Simon, especially given the circumstances. I had fish n chips in Ullapool a couple of years ago, very nice but not as nice as at the Craggan hotel in Talmine just up from Tongue. My son ordered Langoustines but we had to wait 10 minutes as the waiter pointed out that they were on the little boat just mooring up at the jetty below us. Talk about fresh.
LynneJoyce Plus
13 22 101 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2014 7:15AM
Well done for getting the shots that you did. I particularly like the wing action in V2, but you must stop being honest about these shots. To really impress you have to say that you grabbed your square format camera to get this art shot!

I bet the Ullapool chippie can't offer what McNic's in Shipley offers - gluten free fish available at all times, a special health food treat for me and Garrath's two kids. Other chippies should learn from them. They get loads of customers like me.
23 Jun 2014 7:27AM
Great capture wonderful bird !!Grin
23 Jun 2014 7:32AM
Excellent Simon, V1 and V3 my favourites,
viscostatic 14 50 11 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2014 8:01AM
Great fun Simon - that's why I stick to flowers and mushrooms; they don't fly away. V1 and V3 are excellent images of a magnificent bird.

ChiliMan 14 135 17 Singapore
23 Jun 2014 8:17AM
Did the second fish eagle purloin the loin in the end? It looks like he's trying to distract the other one. "Hey...what's that??". The first turns to look. "Where?" *RrrrrrRIP*...and half the fish is gone Grin

Gosh, I haven't had fish and chips in aaages. With the right amount of salt and vinegar, OBviously. You know...where your tongue starts to get slightly pickled about halfway through?

Superb shots you've got here, Simon, especially the WOW one in V2. VERY cool shot, that Smile

Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2014 8:25AM
A most impressive and regal bird. Three beautiful shots but I go for V2 for the wind on his wings...
Wonderful captures... Very well shot...
Ted447 Plus
8 216 1 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2014 9:03AM
Three great images. Ted. GrinGrin
cats_123 Plus
17 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
23 Jun 2014 9:05AM
Birds fying away?...never....GrinGrinGrin
nonur 12 18 13 Turkey
23 Jun 2014 9:48AM
A cracking set, Simon. V2 is my favourite. What a powerful looking bird!
23 Jun 2014 11:48AM
Very powerful shot of this magnifcent bird. V 2 for me too Simon.
Have a good day GrinGrin

bobsblues 11 10 2 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2014 1:11PM
Got to admit old chap youre getting pretty darn good at these V3 for me Simon a very majestic looking bird. Have you been treating yourself to a new website Wild-Animal. Photography dont recall seeing that one before Wink
mikbee 14 3 8 Scotland
23 Jun 2014 1:54PM
You could be starting a new trend here Simon.
If I am photographing some rust down at Loch Ness,
I can now claim that I saw the Monster but it is just out of shot !!
Another fine set from you.
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 776 England
23 Jun 2014 2:55PM
The one that got away. Another fishy related tale Grin
I'm torn between the lovely portrait in V3 and the action in V1.

I'm glad you found some good fish and chips Simon, there are some god establishments around.
So ironic that good Scottish fish is being trucked to Spain. At least it's trade, keeping jobs and business in the Highlands.
JuBarney Plus
10 33 5 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2014 5:27PM
Terrific shots
23 Jun 2014 6:10PM
Another amazing set, Simon. Love the poses in V1 and V3 and I like the angle you captured V2, it's great!!
ali63 9 791 1 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2014 6:21PM
Super images Simon, glad you enjoyed your Fish & chip Lunch SmileSmileSmile

23 Jun 2014 10:42PM
Great set of images, Simon. v1 is my fave.

23 Jun 2014 11:33PM
Lovely set Simon. I loved all the comments especially Mick's. But I believe you! Cathy
9 3 8 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2014 10:13PM
Excellent set of imagesGrin
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
15 Jul 2014 7:32PM
V1 and v3 are especially good Simon, it certainly is a powerful and magnificent looking bird. As for Lynne Joyce she's a real gluten for punishment eating all those "healthy" takeaways!Wink
gajewski 16 10 9 United States
30 Jan 2015 6:57PM
An excellent series of a magnificent creature.

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