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

Unread postby wanderw » Sun Sep 01, 2013 6:19 pm

Lovely BBJ pix and a super cheetah sighting, but poor cheetah! :(
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Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha

Unread postby charbel » Sun Sep 01, 2013 6:24 pm

By the end of June 3rd we had the lucky of finding Cheetahs once again. This time four of them! Gertie and her offspring! We were arriving at Kalahari Tented Camp for the night, almost 6PM, that's why the light was not great. It was the last sighting of the day. And what a sighting!

Gertie was the first we saw, crossing the road.

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And then the young Cheetahs also crossed the road, just in front of us.

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Here is a closer view of the youngsters

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They went into the bush looking to the sides

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Look how mommy was keeping an eye on them, in between the bushes

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They were followed by BBJs, probably waiting for some leftover from their hunting, or for the chance of stealing some food. They were ectoparasites of the big hunters. We saw them following Hyenas, stealing food from Lions, and even following these Cheetahs. Courageous they certainly are! Steal food from Lions?!

One of our guides for mammal behavior says that BBJs don't take a chance with Cheetahs, because they are fast and can grab them. Well, these two BBJs didn't read the book. Here is one of them.

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

Unread postby anne-marie » Sun Sep 01, 2013 7:00 pm

wow wow wow Gertie and the little ones :dance: :clap: :dance: :clap:
did you saw 2 youngs... the third is a little bit behind... or :hmz: :?

the 2 Jackals was already behind the four Cheetahs in March :wink:

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

Unread postby Philip1 » Sun Sep 01, 2013 7:33 pm

Charbel....what can i say..... :hmz: Great TR and love the pic of the BBJ digging into the carcass. :thumbs_up:

Love the pics with the Cheetah and it's meal. :clap:

The super greenery back ground with the two Cheetahs.....Fantastic. :mrgreen:
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Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha

Unread postby charbel » Sun Sep 01, 2013 7:49 pm

anne-marie wrote:wow wow wow Gertie and the little ones :dance: :clap: :dance: :clap:
did you saw 2 youngs... the third is a little bit behind... or :hmz: :?

the 2 Jackals was already behind the four Cheetahs in March :wink:

thank you for posting :k


Dear Anne-Marie
We saw all three. The third one was a little apart from the others. In fact, two of them crossed together, a third came later. Then one of them followed, and one remained, and the third reached it. So, the two youngs are not always the same in the pics!

Wow, the BBJs were behind them for months!!!!! That's to be loyal to the exploited predators.... :D

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

Unread postby charbel » Sun Sep 01, 2013 7:51 pm

Philip1 wrote:Charbel....what can i say..... :hmz: Great TR and love the pic of the BBJ digging into the carcass. :thumbs_up:

Love the pics with the Cheetah and it's meal. :clap:

The super greenery back ground with the two Cheetahs.....Fantastic. :mrgreen:


Hi Philip
So glad you're enjoying.... It was indeed a great trip... And there's much more to come!!!!

I will do a posting in my KNP TR and then come back to the KTP TR....

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

Unread postby Trrp-trrrrrrrr » Mon Sep 02, 2013 6:04 am

:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Cheetah sighting and :cam: are stunning. :thumbs_up:

You sure are having a great trip. :dance:

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Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Mon Sep 02, 2013 6:22 am

Fantastic sighting :D

Laughter at your non reading Jackal. :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Unread postby Cape of Storms » Mon Sep 02, 2013 10:42 am

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Unread postby barryels » Tue Sep 03, 2013 9:11 am

Awesome trip with beautiful cheetah Charbel :clap: :clap: .

Thanks for sharing :thumbs_up: .
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Unread postby hilda » Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:59 am

Stunning sighting of Gertie and her cubs Charbel! :clap: :clap:
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Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha

Unread postby ruthp » Tue Sep 03, 2013 1:49 pm

Hi - Just got on board - enjoying the report of the day's sightings followed by the pics - Loking forward to more

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Unread postby vinkie » Tue Sep 03, 2013 5:24 pm

Wonderful Cheetah sighting love the Black Backed Jackal photo too....you have had a fantastic trip. :dance:
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Unread postby Carol g » Tue Sep 03, 2013 9:35 pm

Lovely Cheetah sighting, great BBJ pic too, Thanks for sharing :gflower:
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Unread postby lion queen » Fri Sep 06, 2013 10:42 am

What a lovely sighting of Gertie and her babies......... :clap: :clap: :clap:
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