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Re: Report of our first trip to Kruger - 3-14 January 2011

Unread postby charbel » Wed May 29, 2013 1:57 am

Trrp-trrrrrrrr wrote:Charbel,

Wecome back on SA soil. :thumbs_up: ...Well your great adventure to KTP is drawing ever closer. 8)


Only 3 days. can't control the excitement!

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Re: Report of our first trip to Kruger - 3-14 January 2011

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Wed May 29, 2013 6:23 am

Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy :thumbs_up:
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Re: Report of our first trip to Kruger - 3-14 January 2011

Unread postby Super Mongoose » Sun Aug 11, 2013 6:59 pm

Hey Charbel! How are you?

Thinking you must still be recovering form your recent trip and we are all just waiting to hear everything.....
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Re: Report of our first trip to Kruger - 3-14 January 2011

Unread postby charbel » Mon Aug 12, 2013 4:55 pm

Hi Super Mongoose
I was so excited with KTP that couldn't do both TRs at once. Now, more settled down, I will come back to my KNP TR, to do it as I proceed with the KTP TR. Very different trips, both wonderful!

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Re: Report of our first trip to Kruger - 3-14 January 2011

Unread postby charbel » Tue Aug 13, 2013 9:37 pm

I will try now to do the two TRs, for the older (KNP) and the newer trip (KTP, look for Kgalagadi the big and the small).

That day, going up Roodewal Road, a beautiful baobab called our attention.

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It was also great to find this solitary elephant with wattled starlings flying around it, trying to catch the insects he was dislodging.

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In this pic, there is a great number of starlings flying.

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Tell me if this isn't an impressive back!

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I like this pic showing its large termorregulating ears

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A view of the tusks, mouth and eye

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It was eating a lot with its very agile trunk

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Here the muscles in the trunk can be seen in detail. More than 400 muscles, an organ as agile as our hands

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At one point it gave us a nice frontal view, with his forehead covered with mud

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This allowed us a nice series of close-ups

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Finally, the elephant and the landscape.

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Re: Report of our first trip to Kruger - 3-14 January 2011

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Wed Aug 14, 2013 5:38 am

What a stately creature. 8) Many years of experience etched into those folds.

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Re: Report of our first trip to Kruger - 3-14 January 2011

Unread postby Trrp-trrrrrrrr » Wed Aug 14, 2013 6:16 am

Charbel,

Just love those Baobab trees. :thumbs_up:

Wonderful sequence of :cam: of the Ellie. :clap: :clap:

Love the close ups. :thumbs_up: ..he sure does seems to have been around the block a couple of times. :hmz:

Amazing what they can all do with their trunks. :dance:

Thanks for sharing. :popcorn:
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Re: Report of our first trip to Kruger - 3-14 January 2011

Unread postby barryels » Wed Aug 14, 2013 7:14 am

What a beautiful Baobab tree and then a whole series of stunning ellie pic's :clap: :clap: .

Thanks for sharing :thumbs_up: .
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Unread postby hilda » Wed Aug 14, 2013 7:37 am

Stunning Baobab, and awesome Ellie pictures, thanks Charbel! :clap: :clap:
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Re: Report of our first trip to Kruger - 3-14 January 2011

Unread postby Super Mongoose » Wed Aug 14, 2013 6:42 pm

Stunning Ellie pics Charbel! Also love the boabab, they look so different during winter....

Good luck with the 2 TR going, but I know you'll enjoy it! It's part of the whole experience!!
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Re: Report of our first trip to Kruger - 3-14 January 2011

Unread postby charbel » Sun Aug 18, 2013 2:18 am

Meandering Mouse wrote:What a stately creature. 8) Many years of experience etched into those folds.

:popcorn:


Yes, I don't understand how can some people not revere an animal like this, and even (unbelievably) decide to shoot it for no reason besides having fun or showing off...

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Re: Report of our first trip to Kruger - 3-14 January 2011

Unread postby charbel » Sun Aug 18, 2013 2:24 am

hilda wrote:Stunning Baobab, and awesome Ellie pictures, thanks Charbel! :clap: :clap:


Dear Hilda and Barryels,
Nice you enjoyed the pics. A Baobab is an experience in itself!

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Re: Report of our first trip to Kruger - 3-14 January 2011

Unread postby charbel » Sun Aug 18, 2013 2:26 am

Super Mongoose wrote:Stunning Ellie pics Charbel! Also love the boabab, they look so different during winter....

Good luck with the 2 TR going, but I know you'll enjoy it! It's part of the whole experience!!


Definitely!
It will have its hard side due to the amount of work that usually overwhelms me... But it is always enjoyable.

I will do now, while preparing classes for the next week, a posting in the Kgalagadi TR. See you there!

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Re: Report of our first trip to Kruger - 3-14 January 2011

Unread postby charbel » Sun Aug 25, 2013 3:36 pm

Going on with the sightings in Roodewal Road (S39) in central Kruger, Jan 8th 2011.

Grey Go-Away Birds are always incredible creatures to see and hear. Amusing birds. We found a tree with three of them in Roodewal Road that day.

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As I already told, Impalas were so common, but so beautiful and entertaining. We couldn't help but photographing them, particularly when found amidst such a beautiful scenery.

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This was certainly the dominant male, given the look he gave us.

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The females and cubs gave us tender although very attentive looks.

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Finally, an intimate moment between mother and infant, and a beautiful infant under the sunlight.

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A beautiful view at Leeubron, where we deeply wished to see the famous white lions... No shadow of their whiteness...

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To finish this posting, a nice Southern Ground Hornbill we saw in Roodewal Road.

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Some close views of this astonishing bird.

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Southern Ground Hornbills have a funny way of walking when looking for food. First, they meticulously scan the ground almost as it was divided in a geometrical plan... And as they go looking down, they elevate their wings, as shown in this pic. Carol, my wife, always told during the trip that they looked like old ladies wearing a black sweater and bending down...

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A frontal view.

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And, to conclude, a pic that is not so good, but allow us to see the bird looking attentively to something to catch in the ground.

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Re: Report of our first trip to Kruger - 3-14 January 2011

Unread postby hilda » Mon Aug 26, 2013 7:05 am

I also love the Grey Go-away Birds Charbel! I feed them bananas and other fruit during winter time and call them my "chickens". :D

Impies make beautiful pictures, especially with that beautiful green background! :clap: :clap:

Stunning pictures of the Ground Hornbills too! They are awesome! :dance: :dance:
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