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Lunch 151

By SimonFletch  
Greetings everyone and thank you for your votes and comments on 'Lunch 150 - The Lioness'.

A special Thank You to our friend, Mick, for his " Tribute Lunch ", which had tears of laughter running down my cheeks. If you have not yet seen it, do take a look. Funniest thing I've seen in many a long year... Smile

A lone Lioness is unusual, unless she has given birth, when she will hide her cubs from the male population of the pride. The males will most likely kill the cubs, to bring the mother back into season. Not the case in yesterday's images, because I could see no sign of her lactating. A real mystery. One her own, she risks losing her kills to Hyena. Four or more Hyena and she stands no chance in a fight. As for dragging that Wildebeest 300 ft to the cover of trees, I really don't think she managed that, either - it was way too hot for a big cat to be indulging in that kind of exercise. At least she had some offal and rump for her meal.

Today's 'Lunch'
Something a little smaller for your delectation today. A couple of shots of a female White-bellied Bustard, eating tiny insects in tall grass - which makes for challenging photography..!

The White-bellied Bustard (Eupodotis senegalensis) is a very large bird, 24" (61cm) and uncommon resident of tall grasslands and savanna. It is a very shy bird and will crouch when approached. If approached within its 'circle of comfort', it will sneak off through the grass and eventually fly.

Have a Thoughtful Thursday, everyone ...!


Tags: Female Bird Lunch Eating Kenya Wildlife and nature Olare Orok Conservancy White-bellied Bustard

Voters: bobpaige1, 213hardy, CarolG and 41 more

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CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
26 Jun 2014 6:36AM
It's a bit of bustard eating all my little insects, Simon, but two great captures of this shy bird. Carol
LynneJoyce Plus
13 22 101 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2014 6:39AM
Two nice shots of this pretty beast but I must say that I am surprised at your not featuring the Kenyan Stick Insect, complete with graphic details of it's reproductive habits, in response to Mick's post. Maybe later?
Bantu 7 7 1 India
26 Jun 2014 6:40AM
No words to say,superb.

mistere Plus
7 6 4 England
26 Jun 2014 6:42AM
2 super snack shots Simon, excellent work.

Andysnapper 13 109 25 England
26 Jun 2014 6:44AM
Excellent shots Simon, lovely feather detail.

nonur 12 18 13 Turkey
26 Jun 2014 6:46AM
I can imagine how challenging it is or was to catch it in the act, Simon. He must be so quick to be able to get those tiny insects or flies. Super timing. I also like your POV, the frontal view shows the interesting and a little bit funny shape and look of the bustard best.
ali63 9 791 1 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2014 7:07AM
Excellent capture Simon

Ali Smile
Two superb shots Simon,lovely detail in both of them.

26 Jun 2014 7:31AM
Excellent captures Simon, great detail in both,
NDODS 10 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2014 7:34AM
Great point of view allowing one to fully appreciated the shape and form of this beautiful looking bird. Great photography as always Simon. Thanks for sharing.

Regards NathanGrinGrinGrin
cats_123 Plus
17 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
26 Jun 2014 7:38AM
Shy birds often do run away when you get close!! WinkGrinGrin
viscostatic 14 50 11 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2014 8:01AM
Well done, Simon, for getting not one, but two shots of such a shy bird at lunch.

CaroleS Plus
11 442 3 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2014 8:43AM
Two fine shots Simon!
JuBarney Plus
10 33 5 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2014 10:00AM
Incredibly detailed shots for that distance.
mikbee 14 3 8 Scotland
26 Jun 2014 12:19PM
Dunno how she has got so fat Simon,
eating these tiny insects.
You make no mention of her mating habits,
so perhaps this may be the reason !!
26 Jun 2014 12:25PM
Great shot again and yes I did love the comment Mick made, what a great photo he made for a tribute to you.
Today V2 for me with all the lovely deep shadow on this wonderful bird.
Great write up once again Simon

Patty GrinGrin
26 Jun 2014 1:51PM
An interesting narrative, as always, Simon!
Two well detailed shots of this little bustard!Smile

dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 775 England
26 Jun 2014 3:53PM
You need to look closely to make sure this isn't a one-legged bird Grin
I agree with Mick that it needs to eat a huge number of insects.
V2 for me today.
Maiwand 14 3 73 England
26 Jun 2014 7:36PM
Two excellent shots of this eyecatching bird Simon. Big bugger aint 'e ???GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
26 Jun 2014 9:06PM
A stunning set, Simon. v2 is my fave.

26 Jun 2014 10:21PM
Good POV in these super detailed images Simon

jaktis Plus
17 84 Sweden
27 Jun 2014 5:27AM
Perfect DOF that gives it strength

ChiliMan 14 135 17 Singapore
28 Jun 2014 2:05AM
Poor Carol. Bet she thinks this bird is a miserable bustard for scoffing her critters.

Apart from the size, this bird reminds me of the waterhens/water chickens we get here. Similar look plus very shy and skittish. Ours have skinnier and stiltier legs, though.

Very well-timed shots you've got here, Simon Smile

bobsblues 11 10 2 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2014 7:50AM
Great photography and brilliant comments loved the link to. Micks upload good stuff all round SmileSmile
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2014 1:01PM
Two wonderful captures... very interesting subjects
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
15 Jul 2014 7:14PM
It looks like you bustard a gut to get these two terrific images Simon, very well done indeed

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