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

Unread postby charbel » Mon Sep 09, 2013 1:58 am

Trrp-trrrrrrrr wrote::clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

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

You sure are having a great trip. :dance:

More please. :popcorn:


Hi Trrp-trrrrrrr,
It was a great trip, no doubt it! I will now post some lovely additional pics.

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Unread postby charbel » Mon Sep 09, 2013 2:02 am

Dear Meandering Mouse, Cape of Storms, Barryels and Hilda,
thanks for the messages. We are delighted with those BBJs and Cheetahs... So nice to know the exact animals we saw, as in the case of Gertie and her youngs!

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Unread postby charbel » Mon Sep 09, 2013 2:03 am

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


Hi Ruthp
Welcome on board!!!! I will make a new posting soon, and I hope you keep enjoying!

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Unread postby charbel » Mon Sep 09, 2013 2:05 am

Welcome on board, Vinkie and Carolg

It's only the second day.... many more to come, the trip was great from beginning to end

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Unread postby charbel » Mon Sep 09, 2013 2:06 am

Hi Lion Queen
It was not the last time we saw Gertie....

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

Unread postby charbel » Mon Sep 09, 2013 3:25 am

Time for a new posting...
First, a pic of a Gemsbok we saw beautifully posing between flowers.

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With the usual look at us!

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Here a Gemsbok walking leaving dust behind it.

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We saw many times Gemsbok eating from the ground to obtain salts. It is interesting to see an animal besides water in the savana eating earth instead of drinking water. But as you know, Gemsbok are water-independent animals. Here they are besides Urikaruus.

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This was a nice close-up of a Blue Wildebeest.

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What I like about this pic is that the Wildebeest look very much like a cartoon character

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We saw a number of Wildebeests cubs. Here is one of them.

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Finally, a Wildebeest scratching itself in a funny pose.

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I will finish this posting with our first sighting of a couple of Kudus in the park. First, the male.

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Then the female.

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Here is a detail of this magnificent male.

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Another detailed view.

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The male Kudu caught while eating.

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This is a mystical animal, like an ancient warrior painted to war.

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Even when chewing.

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And, to conclude, a detail of the female Kudu.

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Unread postby Cape of Storms » Mon Sep 09, 2013 6:23 am

Gemsbok and kudu are my favorite bucks. So beautifully captured in your photos!'

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Unread postby anne-marie » Mon Sep 09, 2013 7:39 am

nice to see Kudus :dance: :clap:
not everybody saw this Antelopes
nice pictures too of the Gnu :clap:
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Unread postby hilda » Mon Sep 09, 2013 8:30 am

Beautiful set of horns of the Kudu Charbel! And the close-ups of the Blue Wildebeest - Awesome Pedro! :clap: :clap:
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Unread postby lion queen » Mon Sep 09, 2013 12:06 pm

BWB is not one of my favorite animals, but those calves are just so cute........ :clap: :clap: :clap:

Lovely Kudu sightings......... :dance: :dance: :dance:
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Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha

Unread postby charbel » Mon Sep 09, 2013 7:10 pm

Cape of Storms wrote:Gemsbok and kudu are my favorite bucks. So beautifully captured in your photos!'


Understandably so!
They are majestic.
I'd love to see also Elande in a closer manner. I saw them in the Cape, but far away. in KTP, only the dead ones.

Nyala is also something I'd love to see, as well as Sitatunga

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Unread postby charbel » Mon Sep 09, 2013 7:12 pm

anne-marie wrote:nice to see Kudus :dance: :clap:
not everybody saw this Antelopes
nice pictures too of the Gnu :clap:
:clap: :clap:


Hi Anne-Marie,
Yes, I know they are not so often seen. We were lucky. We had yet another encounter with them later in the trip.

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Unread postby charbel » Mon Sep 09, 2013 7:18 pm

hilda wrote:Beautiful set of horns of the Kudu Charbel! And the close-ups of the Blue Wildebeest - Awesome Pedro! :clap: :clap:


Hi Hilda
I agree. Pedro is a marvelous photographer! And this close-ups do justice to his skills.

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Unread postby charbel » Mon Sep 09, 2013 7:21 pm

lion queen wrote:BWB is not one of my favorite animals, but those calves are just so cute........ :clap: :clap: :clap:

Lovely Kudu sightings......... :dance: :dance: :dance:


Hi Lion Queen
We saw many calves of BWB, I like them, because they are always amusing....

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Unread postby Cape of Storms » Mon Sep 09, 2013 9:13 pm

charbel wrote:I'd love to see also Elande in a closer manner. I saw them in the Cape, but far away. in KTP, only the dead ones.

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Heard many of them died - so sad.


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