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Tobieo Searching in a dusty KTP!!! May 2012

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Re: Searching in a dusty KTP!!!

Unread postby Tobieo » Sun May 20, 2012 9:36 am

The pedestrians of the Kgalagadi roads

We all travel the roads in the park and often meet some strange fellow travelers. Here are some of the ones I came across

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Some near misses

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Old badmouth was still around...

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Re: Searching in a dusty KTP!!!

Unread postby Tobieo » Sun May 20, 2012 11:33 am

saraf wrote:Love your pedestrians. The ostriches are my favourite.


I met them on Marie's draai and as I approached (from behind) the females tried to herd the chicks off the road.

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The chicks decided to rather remain in the road (or were looking for an easier escape as the shoulder of the road was fairly high) and the adults eventually left them (although were running next to my vehicle)

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I stopped a few times to give the chicks some time to move off the road but they just also slowed down. As I still had to travel to KK I could not wait forever. The chicks eventually got the message (or decided they had enough exercise for the day) and moved off.

(All the photos were taken through the front window so not as clear :redface: )
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Re: Searching in a dusty KTP!!!

Unread postby Tobieo » Sun May 20, 2012 8:12 pm

The water carriers of Union End waterhole

Whenever possible I stay at Grootkolk Wilderness camp for a few days so that I can visit Union End Waterhole early morning to watch (and photograph) the Sandgrouse (Namaqua, Burchell's and Double banded). They normally arrive between 9 and 10 which provides ample time to take a leasurly drive up there. With the sun behind you at that time of the day it is an ideal position to practice your BIF shots. They give their characteristic call as they circle the waterhole while scouting for any dangers.

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They are very scittish and will quickly land, have a few sips of water and then fly off.

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Sometimes they sit and get their feathers nice and wet (and transport water back to the young in the nest in this way)

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In between (or before the Sandgrouse arrive) you keep the shutter finger active

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Re: Searching in a dusty KTP!!!

Unread postby Tobieo » Mon May 21, 2012 7:23 pm

Some birds (only the feathered type :tongue: )

I am working at improving not only my bird photography but also identification. I do still sometimes battle to get it right or still make a mistake. So any correction or advice will be greatly appreciated. I will not (maybe :twisted: ) take it personal and you will not be crucified

Fork tailed Drongo

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a Familiar Chat (thanks Roan)

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Immature Pale Chanting Goshawk

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A thirsty secretary bird
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a Pygmy falcon eating a grasshopper
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Lanner Falcon with lunch

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an immature Martial Eagle (I hope)

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an immature Lanner Falcon

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and to end off with a resting ostrich
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Re: Searching in a dusty KTP!!!

Unread postby Tobieo » Wed May 23, 2012 7:11 pm

Stand off in Auob river

I left Urikaruus at 7:00 after a quick chat with Jacques (Eric was off) and turned right at the T-junction as I was going to Grootkolk. Just before Kamqua I met the Auob giraffe herd strolling around. There were also some BWB and springbok enjoying the early morning sun.

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Suddenly all the giraffe faced the dune on the opposite side of the river bed and the BWB and springbok raced off.

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This was the reason for the sudden change in their behavior

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The male lion strolled down and had a bit to drink from some standing water in the river bed (rained 2 days ago)

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All the time he was closely watched by the very nervous giraffe (BWB and springbok long departed)

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He strolled towards Kamqua but as I had a long way to go I left them to sort out their differences
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Re: Searching in a dusty KTP!!!

Unread postby Tobieo » Fri May 25, 2012 6:44 pm

The underground inhabitants

Travelling from Urikaruus to Grootkolk I stopped at Kannagaus to watch these tunnel diggers of the Kgalagadi. Although the light was already very harsh (for photography) I spent some time with them clicking happily away (thanks digital)

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They started asking "Hey why is this man watching us?"

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This was taken on an early afternoon drive (trying to hide in their own shade)

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This suricate (meerkat) was really hungry and was digging around for a late afternoon snack

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while checking if he might become a snack himself

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and checking if I was a threat or not

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A family member that felt safer at home
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Re: Searching in a dusty KTP!!!

Unread postby Tobieo » Sun May 27, 2012 2:38 pm

The KTP Longhorns

Over the years the gemsbok (with the springbok) has become synonymous with Kgalagadi and other dessert areas. I really love watching them (and taking some photos of them)

One morning on one of the loop roads in the Auob river (13th or 14th borehole) I noticed these lovely gemsbok running around. It turned out to be just fun but they continued running around and chasing on another for quite some time.

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Later on my return to camp the herd was at the waterhole and one of them decided wet feet needs to be prevented (but should work on his long jump skills)

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There was also a gemsbok with mountain goat aspirations
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An early morning encounter
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and some other gemmies..

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and then to end off this episode.....
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Re: Searching in a dusty KTP!!!

Unread postby Tobieo » Sat Jun 02, 2012 5:58 pm

View from dizzy heights

The daddy (and mommy) long legs of the Kgalagadi...
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and then the opposite end of the food chain (as far as heights goes :tongue: )
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Re: Searching in a dusty KTP!!!

Unread postby Tobieo » Mon Jun 04, 2012 10:03 pm

The lazy ones

We have all seen them in KTP and have even felt like this ourselves, especially during the middle of the day or after a nice meal. Here are some of the ones I met during my recent trip

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Re: Searching in a dusty KTP!!!

Unread postby Tobieo » Wed Jun 06, 2012 10:24 pm

The end

Unfortunately this TR has to also end sometime...

I trust that you have enjoyed joining me in a brief overview of my April 2012 visit. Thank you for those who took the trouble to post comments, highly appreciated.

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I have already booked my next trip but luckily have some KNP trips planned for July and January.....

:thumbs_up:
June 2015 KNP and Sabie Sands
Sept 2015 Masai Mara
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