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Lunch 21

By SimonFletch  
Ho-Ho-Ho! You are indeed, a witty bunch! Lunch 20 produced some real howlers Smile My poor Warthogs; only one person seemed to fully appreciate the difficulty in getting that image! They were compared to "the ladies doing Christmas shopping" (cor, you've got some guts, Trev). Then we had Ed placing not one, but two comments & accusing me of "hamming it up", "pork quality jokes" & then "...jokes must be starting to boar you.."! But the one I feel most sorry for is Mick - he looks like he's 65 - and he still believes in Santa - Ho-Ho-Ho!

Todays rendition of Lunch is of an adult Giraffe, plucking the tips of its favourite food, the leaves from the Acacia tree. They extend their tongue, wrap it around the leaves, withdraw tongue and leaves into their mouths - and pull - stripping the leaves from the twig. Did the Giraffe's neck grow to that length over the ages, so that they could reach these tasty morsels from the uppermost branches? Darwin said 'no', it was due to the " natural selection of evolution " - I guess he was talking about the Giraffe male's penchance for 'Necking', where they swing their heads with some considerable force, whacking their oponents bodies with a resounding 'thump'. This form of fighting is conducted like any other herding animal and produces a dominant male, who ends up with a 'harem' of nubile females. Sounds like fun. Smile

The species shown in my image is a Masai Giraffe, the most common species found in Kenya. They grow up to 20' (6m) tall and the male can weight up to 3,500lb (1,600kg) - and are sometimes hunted by Lion, with baby Giraffe being a favourite food of Leopard, Cheetah, Hyena and Jackals. A Giraffe sleeps for only 1 - 12 minutes at a time - and no wonder!

Well, 'tis the season to be jolly, so let's see you "having a Giraffe" at that lot..! For anyone not having heard of Rhyming Cockney Slang (London's famous secret language), "Having a Giraffe" means "having a laugh" Smile

Have a great day.

Simon

Tags: Neck Giraffe Lunch Eating Kenya Wildlife and nature Nairobi National Park

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Comments


20 Dec 2013 3:51AM
Great photos Simon. No joking. And, they seem to be immune to thorns.

Peter

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ColleenA Plus
8 452 7 Australia
20 Dec 2013 4:43AM
Nice set Simon, I do prefer V2 ...the bigger picture. You must be running out of wildlife having lunch by now. Do we get to see you eating lunch yet, or are you waiting to show us you eating Christmas pudding.GrinGrin
CarolG 13 199 20 Greece
20 Dec 2013 6:13AM
Beautiful creatures, Simon, so elegant, two fine captures. Carol
Andysnapper 12 109 25 England
20 Dec 2013 6:35AM
Yet more fine animal/lunch shots Simon, giraffes are one of my favourites. My gran, a charitable woman, used to spend hours knitting scarves for the giraffes at Chester zoo who developed sore throats due to the inclement weather. She only finished one. Wink

Andy
Bantu 6 7 1 India
20 Dec 2013 7:00AM
Very much close encounter with nature,well captured.
Mike_Young Plus
13 24 11 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2013 8:19AM
A classic Giraffe shot Simon, but great, non the less Smile
viscostatic 14 47 8 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2013 8:22AM
V1 a really beautiful photograph Simon and interesting information to go with it too. Great work.

Phil.
20 Dec 2013 9:00AM
Great images, very beautiful series!
ali63 8 790 1 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2013 9:01AM
2 beautiful images of this elegant Giraffe


Ali Grin
NaturesHaven 8 283 6 England
20 Dec 2013 9:39AM
I'm sticking my neck out here......V2 is great.....love the background..........GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
achieverswales 10 8 101 Wales
20 Dec 2013 11:15AM
Hi Simon just come down the apple and pears after having a tom tit, the trouble and strife and a rosy lee ready for me, I would not like to knit a scarf for this one, great capture again.

Regards

Trev.
Glostopcat 14 255 2 England
20 Dec 2013 11:48AM
I thought you'd be up to your neck in Christmas shopping and preparations for the big day or too busy necking some of the local lagers with your mates to post number 21 in the lunch series!Wink No doubt Mick will tell you another of his tall stories in an attempt to give you a good giraffe when he logs on later. This is an excellent head shot of this animal feeding where you probably needed all of the 700mm length of that lens to reach out and get your picture!Grin Anyway enough of my japes I'll have to log off site soon or my neck will be on the block!Tongue
mikbee 13 3 8 Scotland
20 Dec 2013 2:23PM
You cheeky sod Simon.
I am only a youngster at 62 years old !!
And I am glad I am not a giraffe.
If Mrs Giraffe said she wanted a necklace for Xmas,
I would need to buy her 46 of them !!
Good shots.
Mick.
20 Dec 2013 3:07PM
Two excellent pictures Simon. Very good use of dof.
Effrossini
NDODS 9 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2013 4:24PM
Superbly captured wildlife images Simon. For me image two is the better…

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
Brian65 11 2 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2013 5:34PM
2 wonderful shots Simon.
Brian
20 Dec 2013 11:06PM
Great shots Simon. No wonder they do not sleep for long! More giggling from me reading the comments. Cathy
ChiliMan 13 135 17 Singapore
21 Dec 2013 3:07AM
This giraffe is obviously not a fan of having his picture taken. Look at him sneakily sticking out his tongue at you in V1!

Great shots, Simon. Love your comments on my pics AND of course your write-up here Grin

Andrew
bobsblues 10 10 2 United Kingdom
21 Dec 2013 6:17AM
Top notch photography Simon both good shots
Rob

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