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Lunch 100

By SimonFletch  
Hello all at EPZ and thank you for your Votes and Comments on 'Lunch 99 - The Impala'. Seemingly, for some, one or both of the images were too bright. Certainly, V2 (my intended Silly Sunday upload) is a bright image. My apologies if this took your mind off the question about why I nickname Impalas as "McDonalds"? - or maybe some simply did not bother to wade their way through the narrative?! From comments made by Andrew, Jeff, Ron and possibly Fred, they all got the answer; well observed, all of you Wink For those who could not fathom out the reason, I have uploaded a cropped version. Think of McDonalds corporate logo...

Today's 'Lunch'
In celebration of 'Lunch' reaching '100', I thought a little blood was called for..!! I sought out an image of a Cheetah, who had caught a young Impala and made it into a panorama, just for something 'different'. I hope it works on EPZ, because I have not uploaded one before.

We had followed this lone Cheetah for some miles across the open savanna. Initially, it had concealed itself, but once spotted by other animals, they ensured that 'everyone' knew it was in the vicinity. It's fascinating to watch herds of Zebra and Buffalo (not the quarry of a lone Cheetah) 'point' at the Cheetah and make deep sounds of warning.

The Cheetah turned in the direction of a rocky outcrop and made its escape upward, towards a higher plateau. A direction we could not follow, despite being in a purpose-built Land Cruiser. Instead, we took a long detour, eventually catching up with the Cheetah after it had made its kill - and dragged the carcus under an Acacia tree. Thus, the light, outside of the shadow of the tree is the result of the harsh, African sun at mid day.

The big cats always disembowel their kills first, seeking out the offal. The Cheetah was joined shortly afterwards by a Silver-backed Jackal pair, who darted in periodically, nipping the Cheetah's buttocks and grabbing its tail (which is why the tail is curled around, in my image). The Cheetah eventually left the bones, hooves and hide, all of which were devoured by the male Jackal, who fought off its mate for the scraps. Such is the way of the wild.

Have a Marvelous Monday, everyone ...!


Tags: Cheetah Lunch Eating Kenya Impala Wildlife and nature Olara Orok Conservancy

Voters: andylea, cabbie, phillG and 37 more


CarolG 13 199 20 Greece
5 May 2014 7:33AM
An excellent presentation, Simon, of this grand capture, both by yourself and by the cheetah Smile Carol

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5 May 2014 7:44AM
An excellent panorama to bring up the century, Simon!
A suitably 'bloody' celebratory shot!Wink

5 May 2014 7:45AM
Must agree with Carol Simon, excellent,
bobsblues 10 10 2 United Kingdom
5 May 2014 7:46AM
Superb capture old chap Wink with pin sharp detail a wonderful shot to celebrate the 100th lunch.SmileSmile
5 May 2014 7:50AM
Superb capture Simon,
mistere Plus
6 4 3 England
5 May 2014 7:52AM
Excellent image Simon, the panoramic view was a good idea and it works just fine.
The McDonalds fast food wasn't fast enough on this occasion, no fries with it either Smile.

LynneJoyce Plus
11 22 101 United Kingdom
5 May 2014 8:25AM
Excellent feline lunch image.

Never spotted the 'M' yesterday but I was hungover!
Griff2012 7 363 1 United Kingdom
5 May 2014 8:37AM
Happy 100, Simon.

You have been privileged to witness these animals and learn about them - thank you for sharing that privilege. I can see a lucrative 'after dinner speaker' circuit (after dinner in more ways than one )

"all of which were devoured by the male Jackal, who fought off its mate for the scraps. Such is the way of the wild."
- or the way of many a toddler at a birthday party Tongue. Young humans - and some old ones - are not so far from their 'wild' roots. Grin
barbarahirst 11 27 12 United Kingdom
5 May 2014 8:39AM
BlushMe like Lynne......Blush
Congrats to getting to the big 100
cats_123 Plus
15 4.9k 29 Northern Ireland
5 May 2014 9:25AM
Have just spoken with the PMs office and your telegram is on it's way....may take a while as bush telegraph is a little slow and the pigeon is having a day off (as it's a Bank Holiday) GrinGrinGrin
5 May 2014 9:48AM
Probably he not be bothered by your presence, Simon!!! Great capture, although cruel bloody image!
ali63 7 785 1 United Kingdom
5 May 2014 9:59AM
A great image to mark the 100th lunch series, did notice the "M" yesterday, today it could be M for Monday TongueTongue

ChiliMan 13 135 17 Singapore
5 May 2014 10:47AM
Omg...the jackals sound like a frickin' nuiscance! The cheetah should've 'saved them for laters' Grin

I can't blame the big cats for going first for the offal. I do like me some steak & kidney pie.

Very interesting info about the animals' behaviours. I swear...your descrips are like watching Nat Geo Grin

By the way, where you went: "...who had caught a young Impala and made it into a panorama, just for something 'different'." ---> sounds like 'panorama' is a fancy dish and the cheetah was being a creative chef GrinGrin

Excellent bloody capture (meant in all ways) here, Simon, to celebrate your 100th Smile

mikbee 12 3 8 Scotland
5 May 2014 2:40PM
Works well in the pano' format Simon.
I usually never manage on here on Sunday
and I see that I am indeed a bit behind !!
Congrats on your centenary lunch image, Simon. Outstanding capture. Top class.

5 May 2014 4:08PM
Superb captures and excellent presentation, especially V1, Simon!
ukgubbi 8 5 India
5 May 2014 4:31PM
Congratulations on reaching 100th lunch. Working on a single theme calls for lot of hard work, you have done it with great aplomb. 100th lunch is really excellent.
5 May 2014 6:33PM
Fabulous capture Simon. Not keen on gory but it's what nature does to survive. Beautiful GrinGrin

Glostopcat 13 255 2 England
5 May 2014 6:50PM
A wonderful natural history image to celebrate a century of lunches and a most interesting narrative to accompany it
JohnoP 14 2
5 May 2014 6:56PM
A truly wild image Simon......John Smile
annettep38 Plus
8 219 42 Germany
5 May 2014 7:20PM
Still in fits about Andrew's steak and kidney pie!
Yes, it is a great raw shot , rough and well timed ! I have never been close to very big predators and admit I would probably stay in the land rover or cruiser.
And congrats on all these fantastic lunch shots, all I ever get is insects and the odd bird.
Well I'll try to change that in Costa Rica.
Ps. LBJ uploaded.
Maiwand 13 3 73 England
5 May 2014 7:39PM
First class natural history capture Simon. Superb.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Lillian Plus
10 23 17 United Kingdom
5 May 2014 7:54PM
Beautifully captured Simon.
like the eye just watching you too
5 May 2014 10:28PM
Lovely shots Simon. Happy 100th! Cathy
sparrowhawk Plus
11 277 2 United Kingdom
6 May 2014 10:27AM
oh ! wow superb shots
gajewski 15 10 9 United States
8 May 2014 8:06PM
Ana amazing shot.
dark_lord Plus
15 2.4k 606 England
9 May 2014 8:25PM
About time we had some blood Smile
viscostatic 13 45 5 United Kingdom
20 May 2014 7:31PM
A beautiful animal Simon.


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