Greetings everyone and thank you for your votes and comments on 'Lunch 151 - The White-bellied Busatard'.
Ooops, seemingly I am not 'the flavour of the week' with Carol again "It's a bit of bustard eating all my little insects
" - it doesn't eat the pretty ones, like yours, Carol
At least Nezih had some admiration "He must be so quick to be able to get those tiny insects or flies
", even if it was a female, but never mind, the males are just as quick. What's this, from Mick "Dunno how she has got so fat .... eating these tiny insects. You make no mention of her mating habits, so perhaps this may be the reason
" - and "Big bugger aint 'e
", from Ron - most unkind, both of you - and you'll see what happens, when eating tiny insects and too much 'mating' is partaken - below
Well folks, as you possibly know, I don't 'do' requests, but Lynne set me thinking, when she said "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.
The old brain cells cleared of fog and it all came back to me. The first time I saw a Stick Insect was when we stayed with Kuki Gallman, on her ranch "Ol Ari Nyiro". Larger than London and full of interesting wildlife, it is situated up in Laikipia, central Kenya. Kuki wrote a heart-wrenching, true-life best-seller "I dreamed of Africa", later turned into a film, starring Kim Basinger. Anyway, I diverse. In our room, was one of Kuki's "social bugs", a Stick Insect. It was but a small specimen and we found it chasing tiny insects - in the first image, you can clearly see one and there's another, hidden under its 'tentacle', ready for Lunch. Nothing "out of shot
" here, folks..! It was a little disconcerting, because we found it beside the bathroom, while having a shower and it seemed to keep casting a glance....
There's a variety of other images, too, of a very large Stick Insect, at least two hands long, who we found in a forest area in Zanzibar - the "Spice Island" and infamous for slavery in years gone by. This was a real Daddy of a Stick Insect (Richard Headii - its scientific name explained in the cropped close-up). When we first saw it, it was in a complacent mood, seeming to just look around, wondering where the hell it was, probably having drunk several pints of Guinness the night before
Incredibly, it suddenly lept to life - I am guessing instinct jumped in - or should that be 'Insect jumped in', because it slipped between the forks on the end of the stick it was standing on, opened its wings and they were pushing down, thrusting upwards
- then its legs joined in, pushing down, thrusting upwards
, it was working at a frantic rate - until, suddenly, it relaxed.... "oh bugger, it's a real stick
", running through its head.
We placed it on a fern leaf, its 6 legs trembling in opposite directions. Slowly, it quietened. Eventually, it flew. Can we all Please say a little prayer, that Richard Headii finally finds a Stick Insect to fall in love with, instead of a Stick..
Have a wonderful break from all this nonesense everyone, I am off to Spain for a couple of weeks
Wildlife and nature
Ol Ari Nyiro
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