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Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha

Unread postby anne-marie » Fri Dec 20, 2013 7:34 pm

today is ok, I can see all of them :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Unread postby charbel » Sat Dec 21, 2013 7:59 pm

Dear Carol,
Thanks for following the TR. A new posting will be made today in the KTP TR.

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Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha

Unread postby charbel » Sat Dec 21, 2013 9:49 pm

When we arrived in Kamqua, we had the good fortune of seeing this male lion, which was approaching the waterhole under the attentive look of a Springbok.

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You can see in the pic that this was a healthy lion, one of the famous KTP lions with a black mane, just what the ladies lionesses like...

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Here is this beautiful animal just besides the waterhole.

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He drank for a while and then went away. You can see that the Springbook was frozen, watching the male lion go...

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A close-up of the Lion as he was walking towards the dune.

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He just followed his way paying no attention to the frozen Springbok.

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Here is it going up the dunes.

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He reached the top of the dunes, where there was a fence we tried to see what was through the dune road some days later but couldn't find it.

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He followed through the top.

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A final pic of the Lion at the top of the dunes, at a far away distance.

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It was certainly one of the great sightings of the trip!

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Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha

Unread postby hilda » Sun Dec 22, 2013 10:41 am

Stunning pictures of that beautiful Lion Charbel and Pedro! :clap: :clap:

That poor Springbok surely could not believe his luck to be still alive! Fortunately the Lion was not hungry! :dance: :dance:
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Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha

Unread postby Carol g » Sun Dec 22, 2013 9:20 pm

charbel what a beautiful lion and as you say he looks very healthy, shame the poor Springbok must have been terrified, wonder what it would have done if the lion decided to chase it, hope it would have defrosted and run :D
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Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Mon Dec 23, 2013 5:50 am

That is a handsome fellow 8) one very anxious Springbok as well.

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Unread postby charbel » Sat Dec 28, 2013 1:39 am

Dear Hilda, Carol, and Meandering Mouse,
thanks for the comments.
I am quite sure the Springbok would unfrozen and run if the lion only turned in his direction. But he really ignored the Springbok, no hunger at all... We were not lucky to see that chase....
I will soon make a posting in my KNP TR...

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Unread postby charbel » Sun Jan 26, 2014 12:20 am

A long time with no posting, I know... Heavy heavy work in the last weeks. I will try to do two postings in each TR this weeked, as compensation.

That was the beginning of our third day (only) in KTP and we had already seen so many things... early morning we were leaving Kalahari Tented Camp and our first sighting was...

Elena once again with her youngsters! She was probably going for a hunting day followed by them. The lights were still dim, so the pics are not great. But the scene was everything!

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Here is one of the youngters.

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We were waching the cheetahs and then once again two BBJs were following them. Probably the same from previous night. Yes, our books said BBJs didn't take chances with cheetahs. Those BBJs didn't know anything about it, taking risks for stealing cheetahs' meals.

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Later that morning we found a BBJs just after hunting, with only another car nearby. He was with his prize just besides the road.

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He grabbed the bird to go. Not a small bird. Do you know what it is?

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A small stop to look at this intrusive people watching his meal!

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And there he goes again with his bloody meal.

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He then crossed the road and took his capture away, to eat privately.

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Now it was good, in the middle of the bush to eat.

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Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha

Unread postby Pumbaa » Sun Jan 26, 2014 1:20 am

Stunning cheetah shots, charbel,

and really love the jackal with its prize although the prize looks larger than the jackal - Maybe it was a vulture :hmz:

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Unread postby charbel » Sun Jan 26, 2014 2:38 am

Hi Pumbaa
So nice to have you on board!
It could be a vulture, I agree. Also, it doesn't seem like something the jackal captured by itself. Maybe killed by some other predator or by some other means.

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Unread postby hilda » Sun Jan 26, 2014 5:08 am

Stunning Cheetahs Charbel! And what a great series of pictures of the BBJ with his "prize"! :clap: :clap:
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Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sun Jan 26, 2014 5:20 am

Goodness, that is a big bird.

Lovely shots, Charbel. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha

Unread postby Trrp-trrrrrrrr » Sun Jan 26, 2014 5:23 am

Charbel,

Caught up and what a magnificent sighting of the Lion. :mrgreen: Stunning :cam: one very handsome fella. :thumbs_up:

BBJ sure had a hearty meal.. :dance: Great sequence shots. :clap: :clap:

Beautiful Cheetah pics. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha

Unread postby charbel » Sun Jan 26, 2014 8:21 am

Dear Hilda, Meandering Mouse, and Trrp-trrrrrrrr
Faithful fellows in this TR.
It was a big bird, wasn't it? That BBJ had a meal for some days...
That was a handsome lion, Trrrp-trrrrr, we saw many more later but that was probably the most impressive male.
I will now make a posting in the KNP TR.

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Unread postby vinkie » Sun Jan 26, 2014 2:40 pm

Great TR charbel :thumbs_up:
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