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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 1:22 pm 
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Carol g wrote:
Charbel, Kieliekrankie is such a lovely place, I love it

What a great Leopard sighting, thanks for sharing with us :gflower:


Hi Carol
Thanks for being on board!
It is one of those places you always dream of coming back.

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
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anne-marie wrote:
I think is Auchterlonie female :thumbs_up: :dance:
but wait a little bit for the specialist :wink:


Just looked at the Astromatt guide... Yes, it can Auchterlonie female, any more opinions on this?

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
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Leanawel wrote:
Well, well, well :big_eyes:

Kielie - a super place and a more super leopard visit - what a wonderful day for you :clap: :clap:

Thanks for the beautiful :cam: - of a beautiful cat.

On board to hear about the rest of the night at Kielie :popcorn:


Dear Hilda and Leana,
Kielie was great on us....
The night, however, was calm. No animals at the waterhole, at least while we were watching...
But a superb dinner and an enjoyable night staring at the dunes under an astonishing sky.
As Chet Raymo says, in his book The Virgin and the Mousetrap, our generations are the first for which the sky is not as presente day to day as it was for the previous generations, playing a key role in the evolution of human culture.
So, I am so glad I can go to remote places where the sky is there to be seen,with the faintest glows of the Milky Way.

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
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wanderw wrote:
Lovely report and pix Charbel! Loved your sphinx! :clap: :thumbs_up:
Gorgeous leopard sighting! Anne-Marie is right! It is the Auchterlonie Female and Kielie Krankie is part of her territory! If you have time, please report this sighting to AstroMatt, to help the Kgalagadi Leopard ID Project - see link at the end of my post. (you will also find the ID guide in my link, in case you would like to check the ID of your leopard too.) Thanx! :D


Hi Wanderw
Great to have you on board!
Confirmation of the leopard! Great.
I will report to Astromatt now.
The sphinx was really something, you couldn't believe how similar the hyena was at that pose. It was, as far as I remember, at the very moment the Gemsbok appeared and she spotted them.

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
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Trrp-trrrrrrrr wrote:
Charbel,

Wonderful view you had at Kielikrankie..... :dance:

Stunning Leopard sighting right from the comfort of your "home".. :clap: :clap: Great pics to match. :thumbs_up:

More please :popcorn:


I will go on now.... Later I have to fix a problem, some pics disappeared in the previous pages, I don't know why. But before that a new posting!

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
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Dear forumites on board!

At the first day in KTP, we saw some raptors, but the best pics are the ones below, from a Tawny Eagle and a Pale Chanting Goshawk. The latter is so so common that, as the trip progressed, it had to work harder to get a pic from us.... :lol:

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Ostriches were also like that, in the first day many pics of them, but there are so many in KTP that, as days progressed, just interesting behaviors would make us photograph them. However, they were not scant in behaving interestingly.

As they walk down the Aoub river, nice pics could be taken....

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Here is a male ostrich

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And two females

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The ostrich head was a challenge to put into focus. Our guess is that it is too small for the remainder of the body and, when set against the brownish background, being brown too, the camera auto focus or our manual focus is lost.... So, it is great when a pic like this succeds.

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Finally, ostriches also deserve to have their butts registered. Here a male with yellowish and white feathers. Some of them were only yellowish, some only white...

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Kori bustards were also common. This was our first decent pic, of many more to come...

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Let's turn then to the smaller things. Sociable weavers to begin.

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But they are small guys with big nests... In fact, they make a mess, don't they? They begin to add more and more individual nests to the mass of nests, up to a point where the trees simply fall down. We saw them many times frantically bringing twigs back to the remaining nest from a large part of the nest that fell down. Or whole trees tore apart by the weight of their nests. Not to speak of telephone poles and wires in the road to KTP. That's why my friend Pedro told that we need a new biological concept to capture the behavior of animals like them, niche destructors... Well, I don't think so. They play the part in the renewal of the bush.

I like the quadrangular stylish construction of this nest below.

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And to finish this posting a nice pic of a White-Browed Sparrow Weaver.

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
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All problems with the pics solved.
You can see all the pics in the previous pages now.

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
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Thanks for all the birdies, Charbel,

and the leopard at the waterhole is an awesome sighting and you managed a couple of great pictures :mrgreen:


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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
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Thank you for this beautiful bird episode Charbel! Your pictures are stunning! :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
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Pumbaa wrote:
Thanks for all the birdies, Charbel,

and the leopard at the waterhole is an awesome sighting and you managed a couple of great pictures :mrgreen:


Great, Pumbaa
These were tricky pics. Auchterlonie female was far away...

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
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hilda wrote:
Thank you for this beautiful bird episode Charbel! Your pictures are stunning! :clap: :clap:


Thanks, Hilda
In fact, the pics are both mine and Pedro's, my friend who traveled with me....

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We're back and I did some serious catching up........ :dance: :dance:

I love Kieliekrankie.......and it seems you had just as a special time there..... :dance: :dance: :dance:

Great leopard sighting, so very glad you got to see her...... :clap: :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
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Lovely Leopard!!! Image

Love all the birds! Image

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
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Dear Cape of Storms and Lion Queen,
Thanks for the comments! Kielie was really good to me.
I plan to do a new posting soon.

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