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Lunch 83

By SimonFletch  
My grateful thanks to all who Commented and Voted on Lunch 82 - The White Stork. Some found great humour in my explanation regarding the White Stork's white legs. Obviously a 'design fault' in this bird?

Harriet picked up on my sentance regarding "Masai chopping up goats". If anyone has not seen the Masai Slaughtering of The Goat and wishes to do so, you will first need to be able to see Adult images - then view Lunch 71 - 77. It's an interesting experience, but some did get a little queasy...!

Today's 'Lunch'
Another fascinating bird sometimes found at the large dam in Nairobi National Park, is The Sacred Ibis. It is named 'Sacred', because it used to be found in Egypt, where it was venerated and often mummified as a symbol of the god Thoth. A wading bird, it is mostly found in wetlands, feeding on fish, frogs, small mammals, reptiles, smaller birds and insects.

As V3 shows, it will also dig its long bill deep into mud or soft earth, seeking out worms. It is also a frequent visitor to rubbish tips, where it will eat just about any human waste. A fairly large bird of 27" (68cm), it builds a nest from sticks, high up in tree canopys (often preferring baobab trees) and lays around 23 eggs. Thus, it has had surprising results in population growth where it has been introduced into Southern Europe; to the point it has caused problems - it is a predator of Terns.

V4 is of an adult and juvenile, who is duller, with some white feathering on the neck.

Have a Terrific Thursday, everyone ...!

Simon

Tags: Adult Bird Lunch Eating Immature Wildlife and nature Sacred ibis Nairobi National Park

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Comments


Great capture Simon....this is a bird about which we may not want to think too much about what it eats.....

Peter

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Bantu Plus
3 6 1 India
10 Apr 2014 5:29AM
Beautiful,fantastic and well captured Simon.

Vikram.
nonur Plus
7 17 10 Turkey
10 Apr 2014 5:48AM
Wonderful shots, Simon. I like V1 and V3 even more.
CarolG Plus
9 195 18 Greece
10 Apr 2014 6:10AM
He's an attractive fella, Simon, with lovely markings on his head and neck. Four excellent captures. Carol
Andysnapper 8 109 25 England
10 Apr 2014 6:37AM
A super series Simon, superb, sharp shots.... I'm feeling alliterative today.

Andy
LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2014 6:41AM
Fascinating description and four fine shots. V3 is my favourite closely followed by the celebration of pairs in V4.
cats_123 Plus
12 4.5k 26 Northern Ireland
10 Apr 2014 6:55AM
The answer to all our recycling problems? WinkGrinGrinGrin
ali63 Plus
4 747 1 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2014 7:14AM
4 1st class images Simon SmileSmile

Ali
10 Apr 2014 7:36AM
I am so happy I don't have to lunch in mud.....
It must be gritty
JohnoP 11 2
10 Apr 2014 7:41AM
Four beautifully captured images Simon..V1 my favourite along with V3 showing incredible use of it's long bill. Thoth...the God of writing, amongst other things...very appropriate today with your fascinating and interesting narratives! Smile John
10 Apr 2014 7:47AM
Great images. Well captured.
viscostatic 10 34 5 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2014 8:06AM
Great images of this beautiful bird Simon. 23 eggs must be quite a task for the parents even if they don't all hatch.

Phil.
10 Apr 2014 10:42AM
Your pictures and narratives are so educational, Simon!
Four excellent, well detailed images.

Richard
10 Apr 2014 12:51PM
Wonderful series again Simon V1 for me, agree with Richard, great shots and educational write up too.GrinGrinGrin
10 Apr 2014 2:04PM
All the four images are excellent. Thanks for the beautiful narrative.
10 Apr 2014 3:59PM
4 fabulous images Simon. Can't pick a favourite, love them all GrinGrin

Kathryn
Maiwand Plus
9 3 72 England
10 Apr 2014 4:04PM
Excellent series Simon. Love the beak on that Ibis. If you must have a beak then that is the way to go.!!!!!!!!GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ron
10 Apr 2014 5:14PM
Great details and beautiful presentation of these interesting birds in these fabulous captures, Simon!
Regards,
George
Myathebirdwatcher999 Junior Member 3 8 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2014 5:27PM
4 Brilliant shots

MyaGrin
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
10 Apr 2014 6:03PM
A tremendous set of images of this resourceful wader and an interesting narrative to accompany them as always. You seem to have a penchant for long legged birds don't you!WinkGrinTongue
Outstanding set of images, Simon.

Fred
10 Apr 2014 10:22PM
Brilliant shots Simon. Cathy
dark_lord Plus
12 1.8k 324 England
9 May 2014 7:18PM
23 eggs!
Has anyone tried farming these Grin

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