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Lunch 122

By SimonFletch  
Warm Greetings to you all - and thank you for your Votes and Comments on 'Lunch 121 - The Coqui Francolin'. Many of you commented that the bird lookes somewhat like a Pheasant or Partridge and you are absolutely correct, because it belongs to the Phasianidae family of birds, as do the Pheasant & Partridge. It has been hunted as a gamebird in Kenya, in the past. Not by the Masai, who only very recently have started to eat Chicken "Why would you eat a bird", they say, "when there is meat"? The British settlers were the guilty party and approximately 100 years ago, numbers of the Coqui Francolin plummeted. I have never eaten this bird, but am very partial to Guineafowl, raising a laugh by the Guides, whenever we pass a flock and I lick my lips, followed by the single word 'Lunch' Grin

In case you missed it, Lynne has bought herself a "brand new iPad Air with retina display" (saying that was possibly the reason for the Coqui Francolin image looking so crisp... I'll take all forms of compliments, Lynne, even back-handed ones Wink ).

Today's 'Lunch'
... is, as many of you will know, a Grey Heron, whom I caught busily fishing on the bankside of a stream in the Olare Orok Conservancy. I watched it for some time, along with another Heron species, catching tiny fish and literally sucking them into its beak, like spagetti (well, I do.... you are probably more 'posh' and wind it around a fork?). This was the only time I saw it with a big enough fish to warrant chucking into the air and catching inside its beak.

The Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) is a large bird of 38" (100cm), found in open or reedy margins and bankside areas of lakes, rivers, marshes and estuaries. They are accomplished fisherman and are not beyond taking other prey, such as reptiles, young birds and small mammals. It has a strange call, which sounds like "fronk".

Have a Tuneful Tuesday, everyone ...!


Tags: Fish Lunch Mara Eating Grey heron Wildlife and nature

Voters: JohnoP, prabhusinha, CarolG and 41 more


prabhusinha 12 5 5 India
27 May 2014 5:38AM
A proper justice to a Superb Camera & Lens.

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CarolG 13 199 20 Greece
27 May 2014 5:41AM
You timed that to perfection, Simon, what a superb capture. Carol
JohnoP 14 2
27 May 2014 5:42AM
Superbly timed capture Simon! What a juggling act performed by this supreme fisherman! Smile John
Cracking image Simon,super detail and timing nice one.

Ray12 Plus
7 154 1 United Kingdom
27 May 2014 7:10AM
A cracking image... its just like you said to the heron ok on 3, 1.. 2.. 3 Grin
LynneJoyce Plus
11 22 101 United Kingdom
27 May 2014 7:11AM
Fantastic timing Simon but didn't this Heron's mum tell it not to play with it's food?

Don't worry Simon, I have lots more back-handed compliments in store and typing them is much easier on the new kit!
barbarahirst 11 27 12 United Kingdom
27 May 2014 7:18AM
The heron really looks so happy with his catch.
Talk about the cat that got the cream.....
27 May 2014 7:35AM
Great timing Simon, super image,
bobsblues 10 10 2 United Kingdom
27 May 2014 7:50AM
Wonderful shot old chap you're pretty darn good with that old kit of yours Wink
viscostatic 13 45 6 United Kingdom
27 May 2014 8:15AM
Great timing Simon to catch the fish mid beak.

Ted447 Plus
7 216 1 United Kingdom
27 May 2014 9:08AM
Well caught. Ted. GrinGrin
cats_123 Plus
16 4.9k 29 Northern Ireland
27 May 2014 9:12AM
I normally take the bones out first, but beggars can't be choosers!! GrinGrinGrin
10 10 10 England
27 May 2014 9:27AM
Spot on timing and super detail.
nonur 11 18 13 Turkey
27 May 2014 9:33AM
Perfect timing, fabulous shot, Simon.
27 May 2014 11:36AM
Excellent timing, Simon!
How would the heron hold a fork, anyway??Smile

Bantu 6 7 1 India
27 May 2014 1:16PM
Amazing,beautiful capture Simon.

27 May 2014 2:00PM
Superb capture, Simon. Great detail & timing.
The fish suspended in its beak is the icing on the cake.

dark_lord Plus
15 2.4k 619 England
27 May 2014 2:13PM
Not only superb timing Simon, but plenty of patience to wait for it to do something like this.

27 May 2014 2:37PM
They have said it all, it is really superb, I love Herons they come right onto the path near the stream where I live.
Have a good day Patty GrinGrin
27 May 2014 4:44PM
What superb timing Simon, brilliant shot..Lin
Maiwand 13 3 73 England
27 May 2014 4:55PM
Excellent shot Simon. Perfectly timed with a spot on focus and exposure.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Lillian Plus
10 23 17 United Kingdom
27 May 2014 8:01PM
Perfectly timed
Good shot Simon
27 May 2014 9:40PM
Superb timing Simon. Lovely shot. Cathy
27 May 2014 9:46PM
Love these elegant birds. A fabulous capture Simon GrinGrin

Glostopcat 13 255 2 England
27 May 2014 11:04PM
Brilliant timing Simon, you are cooking on gas tonight!Grin I like the heron apart from when it tries to steal the fish from my garden pond!
ali63 8 785 1 United Kingdom
28 May 2014 6:18PM
Great capture Simon,

annettep38 Plus
8 219 42 Germany
3 Jun 2014 8:35PM
What an excellent juggler he is! And if I have ever seen perfect timing, that's the one.

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