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Tony T Kgalagadi - one of the best trips! Mar 2011

Unread postby Tony T » Tue Jun 07, 2011 4:53 pm

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Up there with one of the best visits. Even though we saw no leopard; and only a solitary cheetah. But Kgalagadi never disappoints.

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The veld was beautiful, green with tall grass so the lion were closer to the roads.

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A very muscular lioness. She had a presence about her. A leader in the pride.

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One of the highlights for us was a Martial pair mating. Caught on camera and at the right distance for my equipment.

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Our 4 nights at Urikaruus were special. Not much in the way of game but we did see Nico a male cheetah at the waterhole one morning. I’ve seen Nico ( ID confirmed by the Mill’s) no less than 3 times in 12 months. I’ve included a photo of him walking down the Auob away from Urikaruus waterhole. A special moment!

More to follow.......
KTP- 23/4/15 to 26/4/15 - Mata Mata
27/4/14 to 30/4/15 - Nossob
1/5/15 to 4/5/15 - Gharagab
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Re: Kgalagadi - one of the best trips!!

Unread postby Tony T » Wed Jun 08, 2011 4:50 pm

All the comments much appreciated thanks
@Rayk -nice to hear from you - when's your next adventure? -remember to keep me on your mail list.
@AjayB - hi there tks for the comments. Yes good point about the lioness, you don't often see their muscles. Attached a photo of her normal posture - its the biggest and finest female I've seen. I would not like to be the object of her attention.

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GavinW, WanderW, Pumbaa, mybs, gjorgi, Touareg, vgstephens, Tobieo - thanks to you all!!
KTP- 23/4/15 to 26/4/15 - Mata Mata
27/4/14 to 30/4/15 - Nossob
1/5/15 to 4/5/15 - Gharagab
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Re: Kgalagadi - one of the best trips!!

Unread postby Tony T » Wed Jun 08, 2011 11:48 pm

@GavinW -hi there - the Martials I saw at the Dalkeith waterhole - some 400m on the Mata Mata side there is a tree in the Auob riverbed side not 100m from the road. I was fortunate I caught the whole mating sequence, on camera, sadly not on video.

@Caracal - tks for your comments - I was reading your TR and your photo of a spotted hyena caught my attention. I too have a photo of a hyena with spots but I thought it was spots of sand but now I see from your photo it is some kind of pimple.

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Dreamer and Kamadejo thankyou both for your comments
KTP- 23/4/15 to 26/4/15 - Mata Mata
27/4/14 to 30/4/15 - Nossob
1/5/15 to 4/5/15 - Gharagab
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Re: Kgalagadi - one of the best trips!!

Unread postby Tony T » Fri Jun 10, 2011 3:47 pm

I must share something with you guys.

Meet Nico...

I first saw him near Dalkeith in Mar 2010. Back in Mata Mata I ran into the Mills' and they confirmed that he is a Samevloeiing male.

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In Oct 2010 I saw him at Sitzas.

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Then in Mar 2011 I saw him at Urikaruus tented camp waterhole. He used this waterhole this particular day, I believe, because there were lion at the other Uri waterhole, as we later discovered.

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The ID in all 3 sightings is confirmed by the Mills'. I count myself so fortunate to have experienced this in the space of 12 months.
KTP- 23/4/15 to 26/4/15 - Mata Mata
27/4/14 to 30/4/15 - Nossob
1/5/15 to 4/5/15 - Gharagab
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Birthdays are good for you - the more you have, the longer you live!

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Re: Kgalagadi - one of the best trips!!

Unread postby Tony T » Fri Jun 17, 2011 1:16 pm

Some more memories I would like to share with you of our Kgalagadi trip Mar 2011.

Some bird photos

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Tawny Eagle

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Martial Eagle

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Spot the juv. Bateleur

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Bateleur takeoff

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Lanner hunting

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Namaqua dove

To be continued...............
KTP- 23/4/15 to 26/4/15 - Mata Mata
27/4/14 to 30/4/15 - Nossob
1/5/15 to 4/5/15 - Gharagab
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Birthdays are good for you - the more you have, the longer you live!


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