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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
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Wow Charbel and Pedro! Stunning bird pictures! :clap: :clap:

I love the dust-bathing Kori Bustard! Magnificent birds! The Crimson-breasted Shrikes with their striking red and black colours are just awesome! :clap: :clap:

Typically from KTP are the Sociable Weavers and Scaly-feathered Finch! Beautiful! :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
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Charbel, yu have captured some brilliant Kori moments :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

thank you.

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Hi Meandering mouse,
Yes, it is all about being there at the right time... We were lucky with that Kori....

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
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hilda wrote:
Wow Charbel and Pedro! Stunning bird pictures! :clap: :clap:

I love the dust-bathing Kori Bustard! Magnificent birds! The Crimson-breasted Shrikes with their striking red and black colours are just awesome! :clap: :clap:

Typically from KTP are the Sociable Weavers and Scaly-feathered Finch! Beautiful! :clap: :clap:


Dear Hilda,
Thanks! We were unlucky to see not many of the finches....

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
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Some nice bird shots, Charbel,

the pictures of the crimson breasted shrike, the social weaver and the kori are stunning :clap: :clap: :clap:


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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
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Some excellent birdie pix and I am very :mrgreen: :mrgreen: of your photogenic crimsonbreasted shrike -- they never pose so nicely for me :( However, I think that your greenwinged pytilia is in fact a redheaded finch?

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
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These birds are calling me home!! :clap: thanks for the great pics

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
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Some nice bird shots, Charbel,

the pictures of the crimson breasted shrike, the social weaver and the kori are stunning :clap: :clap: :clap:


Thanks, Pumbaa, they nicely posed for us.

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
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Some excellent birdie pix and I am very :mrgreen: :mrgreen: of your photogenic crimsonbreasted shrike -- they never pose so nicely for me :( However, I think that your greenwinged pytilia is in fact a redheaded finch?


Hi Arks,
Yes, you're right. Silly mistake.
We were very patient with the Crimson-Breasted Shrike, waiting and waiting until they properly appeared.
More nice shots of them will come during the TR.

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
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These birds are calling me home!! :clap: thanks for the great pics


Thanks, Cape of Storms. KTP is a place to go back, isn't it?

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
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Now, for the last posting for our second day in KTP, June 3rd.

A close-up of a Lilac Breasted Roller. They are not as common in KTP as they are in KNP. Always nice to find them, however, with their shining many colors.

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As a second pic, a Sabota Lark in a nice pose.

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As I told earlier, I was always trying to get good pics of flying birds during the trip. By the end of the second day, I was getting better. Here is a sequence: Cape Turtle Dove, Cape Black Crow, and Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbill.

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We usually saw Cape Black Crows in the soil, eating, but this one was poised in the middle of the branches, kind of hiding. btw, I liked very much the Crows' vocalizations. Quite funny!

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I thought that the Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbills in KTP had less red skin apparent around the eye than those we saw in KNP. Just an impression? What do you think?

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We saw so many signs asking for care to be exercised due to crossing Leopard Tortoise that we were eager to see them, such nice animals! But this was the only 'one' we saw... This was quite different from KNP.

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
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Your Lark certainly did give a lovely pose. They are so difficult to capture sitting still in a good position. You certainly seem to have enjoyed capturing the animals and birds :thumbs_up:

The Roller is such a beautiful bird and we do tend to take it for granted in Kruger. Another lovely pose.

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
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Awesome bird sightings and pictures Charbel! Especially your birds in flight - superbly captured! :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
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Me too I like the Crows, specialy those at Urikaruus... we can speak with them :dance:

again nice episode :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
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Dear Meandering Mouse,
As a birder, I cannot but rejoice with posing like those of the roller and the lark. It was a great moment!

Dear Hilda,
Thanks. I was quite happy with pics of the flying birds like those.

Dear Anne-Marie,
Crows are really talkative and funny. I hope next time in KTP I manage to stay at Urikaruus. It was full this time!

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Charbel,

Wonderful bird sightings with super :cam: :thumbs_up:

Love the birds in flight. :clap: :clap:

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