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

Great bird episode with super pics. :clap: :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
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Charbel, I can see that this place has captured your imagination and curiosity. Thanks for all the detail and interest. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
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Awesome start to your KTP trip Charbel :clap: :clap: .

Beautiful array of sightings, especially the leopard :dance: :dance: .

In the bus with :popcorn: to see how the rest of the trip unfolds :hmz: .

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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,

Great bird episode with super pics. :clap: :clap: :clap:


Thanks, Trrrp-trrrrrrr
Nice to know you're still on board!

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
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barryels wrote:
Awesome start to your KTP trip Charbel :clap: :clap: .

Beautiful array of sightings, especially the leopard :dance: :dance: .

In the bus with :popcorn: to see how the rest of the trip unfolds :hmz: .


Welcome on board, Barryels. Nice to have you in the group!

I will make another posting just now...

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
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Great to find time for a new posting, amidst a very hectic working time.

This will be the last posting for the first day in KTP: a bird show, for the most part.

We found our first Namaqua Sandgrouses in Leeudril, as usual, making a lot of noise and going back and forth to the waterhole.

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Crowned Plovers were quite common all around the park.... But they are so beautiful! Quite similar to a Brazilian bird we call "quero quero".

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A Fawn-Colored Lark was eating in the ground, here and there, looking for some snacks.

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Another highlight was an African Red-Eyed Bulbul.

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Fork-Tailed Drongos are common but a show in themselves, particularly in the winter months, when they guarantee some good meals fooling meerkats.

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Cape Black Crows are other common birds in KTP, but amusing ones. I particularly liked their vocalizations. In the first pic, we can also see them in some sort of grooming. In the second, vocalizations taking place!

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I read about the dead Elands in many TRs here.... They were still there...

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Tsamma melons are so important in the Kalahari ecosystem that they deserve to be here. This was an old melon in Kielikrankie.

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
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Beautiful bird sightings that you shared in this post :clap: :clap: .

Yes it seems that park management left it for nature to take it's course :whistle: .

Waiting for more encounters in this stunning park :popcorn: .

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
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I love those Fork Tailed Drongo's........ :clap: :clap:

Enjoying your TR very much.......... :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
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barryels wrote:
Beautiful bird sightings that you shared in this post :clap: :clap: .

Yes it seems that park management left it for nature to take it's course :whistle: .

Waiting for more encounters in this stunning park :popcorn: .


Hi Barryels
To let nature run the course is really what should happen in the park.... To do otherwise, as some very managed parks do, is to end up with an open field zoo, nothing more...

Great you enjoyed the birds!

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
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I love those Fork Tailed Drongo's........ :clap: :clap:

Enjoying your TR very much.......... :thumbs_up:


I am so glad you're enjoying Lion Queen.

Drongos are really something! What a smart animal!

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
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Some great birdie pictures you took, Charbel :clap: :clap: :clap:


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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
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love too the speaking Crow :lol:
we had very long conversations together :wink:
and the Melon and of course all these birds :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
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Thank you for another great episode Charbel! You and Pedro captured those birds beautifully! What a great image of the Crowned Plover, as well as the Red-eyed Bulbul! The Fork-tailed Drongos, common as they are in KTP, are awesome! :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
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I love the sand grouse. What perfect little birds. 8)

Keep this coming.

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Charbel,

Gorgeous bird :cam: they are all stunning. :thumbs_up:

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I love the sand grouse. What perfect little birds. 8)


Agree with MM :thumbs_up: ...they have beautiful colourings. :dance:

more please :popcorn:

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