Skip to content

SANParks.org Forums

View unanswered posts | View active topics






Post new topic Reply to topic  Page 14 of 23
 [ 337 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1 ... 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 ... 23  Next
Author Message
 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
Unread postPosted: Sun Oct 27, 2013 5:50 am 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Sat Nov 27, 2010 8:22 pm
Posts: 830
Location: Brazil
Hi Barryels
I will be on board

Cheers
Charbel


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
Unread postPosted: Sun Oct 27, 2013 10:18 am 
Offline
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Thu Jan 20, 2011 8:58 am
Posts: 4538
Location: Far South in South Africa.
Just caught up from page 11 again. :D

:mrgreen: This "Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small", just Awesome. Thanks for sharing!!!! :mrgreen:
:hmz: One of the places that is one number on my wish list. :great:

_________________
"Lose yourself in Nature and find Peace!" (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
UNITE AGAINST POACHING...What we protect,
do not let poachers take it away!

Extinction is forever and survival is up to---every last one of us!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
Unread postPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 8:25 pm 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Sat Nov 27, 2010 8:22 pm
Posts: 830
Location: Brazil
Philip1 wrote:
Just caught up from page 11 again. :D

:mrgreen: This "Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small", just Awesome. Thanks for sharing!!!! :mrgreen:
:hmz: One of the places that is one number on my wish list. :great:


Definitely, I'd like so much to go back!

Cheers
Charbel


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
Unread postPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 8:50 pm 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Sat Nov 27, 2010 8:22 pm
Posts: 830
Location: Brazil
Now a posting with the raptors we saw in June 3rd this year in KTP, in the area around Kalahari Tented Camp.

First a Tawny Eagle we saw above the cheetah that had captured a Springbok, as posted above. This is an impressive eagle we were fortunate to see many times in this trip to KTP.

Image

I like this pic in which the open wings allow us to see the feathers beneath.

Image

Later in the trip I took most of the pics of flying birds, but that day the best such pic was with Pedro. The Tawny Eagle that eventually flew away.

Image

As far as I remember, this was the only Steppe Buzzard we saw during the trip.

Image

Pale Chanting Goshawks, in turn, were seen every day. But they are often so beautiful under the sun that it was inevitable to photograph them. Here is a nice pic of a marvelous specimen.

Image

He was attentive for something in the ground, probably the next meal.

Image

One thing that always amused us were the Pale Chanting Goshawks eating in the ground. How come? Evolution produces such a beautiful raptor and it ends up eating like a chicken!!! :lol:

Image

Finally, White-Backed Vultures that were so close that a number of great close-ups was possible.

Image

They are ugly for some people. For me just superb animals!

Image

Always looking for food, for sure!

Image

And finally two nice close-ups!

Image

Image

Cheers
Charbel


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
Unread postPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 10:55 pm 
Offline
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
User avatar
Award: Forumite of the Year & Travel Tale of the Year, Other Parks (2013)
Joined: Sat Feb 18, 2006 10:36 pm
Posts: 8291
Location: Lausanne (Switzerland)
me too I like Vultures and yours are nice :clap: :clap: :clap:

_________________
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye
Le Petit Prince


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
Unread postPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 12:59 am 
Offline
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Sun Mar 20, 2005 5:53 pm
Posts: 3823
Location: Cambridge, MA (and home from home in Darling, WC)
Nice raptors, charbel, but I think that your 'steppe buzzard' is actually a juvenile PCG?

_________________
RSA 2014
20-16 Oct Joburg
27-30 Oct Mapungubwe: Limpopo forest tented camp, Leokwe camp
31 Oct-1 Nov Pafuri River Camp
2-15 Nov KNP: Punda Maria, Sirheni, Olifants, Tamboti, Skukuza
16-22 Nov Cape Town
23 Nov-20 Jan Darling


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
Unread postPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 5:10 am 
Online
Forum Assistant
Forum Assistant
User avatar

Joined: Fri Apr 06, 2007 6:39 am
Posts: 10076
Location: Pretoria SA
FAC Member (2012)
Awesome pictures charbel and Pedro! Love the Vulture close-ups! :clap: :clap:

_________________
"Happiness, I have discovered, is nearly always a rebound from hard work." - David Grayson


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
Unread postPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 6:13 am 
Offline
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Tue Jun 07, 2005 8:47 pm
Posts: 13519
Location: meandering between senility and menopause
FAC Member (2013)
I love your vulture close ups. :clap: :clap: :clap: I also appreciate the vulture and as with the hyena recognised their beauty in their ugliness.

:popcorn:

_________________
The bird doesn't sing because it has answers, it sings because it has a song.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
Unread postPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 4:32 am 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Sat Nov 27, 2010 8:22 pm
Posts: 830
Location: Brazil
Dear Anne-Marie, nice to know we share the appreciation for vultures. Majestic animals!
Dear Arks, thanks for correcting me, juveniles are tricky!
Hilda and meandering mouse, like to know you liked the close-ups. It is always great to have the chance to get them.
I will now do a posting in my KNP TR.

Cheers
Charbel


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
Unread postPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 6:17 am 
Offline
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Mon Sep 24, 2012 4:57 pm
Posts: 8586
Location: 2012 km..... to Paradise
FAC Member (2013)
Charbel,

Stunning :cam: of the raptors. :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Thanks for sharing. :popcorn: :popcorn:

_________________
“Nature is a volume of which God is the author.”~ William Harvey

"Listen to the voice of nature, for it holds treasures for you."~ Native American (Huron) Proverb


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
Unread postPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 8:21 am 
Offline
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Sun Jun 17, 2007 9:34 pm
Posts: 1036
Location: Heart - Grootkolk, Soul - KTP, Body - far too far south most of the time!
Just caught up again. Lovely cheetah sighting and those meerkats are too cute. As for your vultures - super close-up pix! :clap: :clap: Thanx! :thumbs_up:

_________________
Kgalagadi Leopard Identification Guide and Sightings Form
http://www.ast.uct.ac.za/~schurch/leopards/

F2/2014


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
Unread postPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 8:35 am 
Offline
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Thu Jan 20, 2011 8:58 am
Posts: 4538
Location: Far South in South Africa.
:clap: Raptors, always fascinating to watch and to capture them with shots like yours. :thumbs_up:

_________________
"Lose yourself in Nature and find Peace!" (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
UNITE AGAINST POACHING...What we protect,
do not let poachers take it away!

Extinction is forever and survival is up to---every last one of us!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
Unread postPosted: Sat Nov 16, 2013 8:36 am 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Sat Nov 27, 2010 8:22 pm
Posts: 830
Location: Brazil
Dear Philip, Wanderw, Trrrrp-trrrr

Great. Thanks for the continued interest in the TR.
A new posting will be made now

All the best
Charbel


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
Unread postPosted: Sat Nov 16, 2013 8:51 am 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Sat Nov 27, 2010 8:22 pm
Posts: 830
Location: Brazil
Kori Bustards are, as you all know, quite common in KTP. So, they needed to do something special or to be in a special scenery for us to take a pic, at least after the initial ones. This is one of the first Kori Bustard’s pics.

Image

A detail of the head of this marvelous bird, one of the birds with the largest wingspan in the world.

Image

A nice scene was this dust bath by a Kori Bustard.

Image

Image

Finally, the Kori Bustard simply remained quietly in the ground.

Image

Crimson-Breasted Shrikes were a relatively common sighting, but a difficult bird to photograph, always very active, jumping from branch to branch, to the ground and then back to a branch, hiding behind twigs or leaves. But at that day, only the second day in KTP, we were lucky enough to get the first good pics of them.

Image

Image

Not a great pic, but now I don’t remember if we saw a Scaly-Feathered Finch some other time during the trip.

Image

Again, not great, but I remember we didn’t see many Green-Winged Pytilias.

Image

As you know, Sociable Weavers are all the time building and keeping their huge conglomerates of nests, even getting trees to the ground with the weight of the nests.

Image

Here is an inquisitive Sociable Weaver looking at us.

Image

What I like about this pic is that one bird looks like a duplicate image of the other.

Image

We got some nice pics of a White-Browed Sparrow Weaver eating in the ground.

Image

Image

And also in the trees and nests.

Image

Image

All the best for all the forumites

Charbel


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
Unread postPosted: Sat Nov 16, 2013 10:05 am 
Offline
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Tue Jun 07, 2005 8:47 pm
Posts: 13519
Location: meandering between senility and menopause
FAC Member (2013)
Charbel, yu have captured some brilliant Kori moments :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

thank you.

:popcorn:

_________________
The bird doesn't sing because it has answers, it sings because it has a song.


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 337 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1 ... 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 ... 23  Next



Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Riaanf31 and 6 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group

Webcams Highlights

Addo Nossob Orpen Satara
Addo Nossob Orpen Satara
Submitted by Kokkewiet at 08:25:02 Submitted by Kokkewiet at 12:27:17 Submitted by RonelMentz at 22:02:55 Submitted by Kokkewiet at 08:53:41