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 Post subject: Re: Cheetahs of the Kgalagadi
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Thanks Carol I'm busy picking out the photos ( lots and lots of them!!) Will do like a mini mini report...... :whistle:

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 Post subject: Re: Cheetahs of the Kgalagadi
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 Post subject: Re: Cheetahs of the Kgalagadi
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Okay lets get this ball rolling...........

Some of you might know that every year I have a gift........from myself to myself!!! :dance: :dance:

This gift is always some time in KTP, whether one day of ten! And always but always Kgalagadi had a gift for me somewhere during the trip!! :dance: :dance:

This year we knew P@m and RJM would be in the park too, but we would not be spending time in the same camps.

The second day we were in the park we drove up from TR on the nossob side and then via the upper dune road back down the Aub.

At Kamkwa a lady stopped us and asked whether we've seen the cheetahs. We said no, do you know where they might have been?? Yes she said only a few kilometers down the road there is already another white car at the sighting.

So we drove on, hoping that it might be P@m!! And there we found P@m and three cheetahs right next to the road............

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 Post subject: Re: Cheetahs of the Kgalagadi
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Smile for the camera!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Cheetahs of the Kgalagadi
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This was 12H45 and we would eventually leave the sighting at 14H30!!

Seeing as the cheetahs were in no hurry going any where we had a nice chat with P@m.

At that stage it was only us at the sighting, but over the next hour a lot of cars piled up behind us.

P@m kept on saying they WILL hunt today, I know it!! So we stayed with them hoping that she might have cheetah communicating skills!! :dance: :dance:

After a while the cheetahs got up and started moving to the nearest waterhole........

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 Post subject: Re: Cheetahs of the Kgalagadi
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This Gemsbok was very nervous!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Cheetahs of the Kgalagadi
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They finished drinking and started walking on...........

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Close up of mom..........

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 Post subject: Re: Cheetahs of the Kgalagadi
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Mom checking whether all the "babies" were still following her......

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By now it was half an hour later and I had a splitting head ache..........We decided to carry one a bit and wait for the cheetahs to catch on again. So we sat in the shade of a tree and waited for the cheetahs and the rest of the cars.

I tried to keep them in my side rear view mirror, but at a stage I lost view of the cheetahs..........

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 Post subject: Re: Cheetahs of the Kgalagadi
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By now it was close to 13H45 and SO saw them up on the ridge.

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Look at how well mom camouflage!!!

A bit further on a huge herd of Springbok was grazing!! And mom sure was looking for lunch!!!

We decided to move on towards the next shady spot and left the cars and cheetahs behind...........

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 Post subject: Re: Cheetahs of the Kgalagadi
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By 14H15 SO spotted the cheetahs now directly above the Springbok!!

When mom started her chase, I started taking photos of the springbok!! Hopefully her speed would be higher than theirs and at a stage she will appear in my photos!!! :pray: :pray:

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Shot 4 and there mom is!!

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Springbok had no chance!! She had him in the eye and lunch would be served!!

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All the cars had caught up with us by now, but thank goodness we where in front and had great views!!

If all just kept on working out this great!! (she might just decide to go catch that Springbok behind a big bush!! :wall:

Anyway she and Springbok swerved and I lost sight of them through my lens!!

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Thee dust photos later and what popped up right in front of the bakkie!!!

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Thank goodness SO cleaned the windscreen that morning!! :dance: :dance:

I knew I'll have to take the rest of the photos through the windscreen!! No way i'm going to pass the camera to SO!! He takes way to slow photos!! Waits forever before he presses the shutter. I on the other had take a gazillion photos and hope and pray one will be 100%!!!

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My first photo of the springbok running was @ 14H13.29 my last photo where the Springbok was dead was @ 14H17.30 Four minute to chase, catch and kill the springbok!! That is quick!!!


The start of the end............

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And down he went.......

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These four photos....... 7 seconds

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Up to now the two "babies" just sat and watched mom do all the work!!

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