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Jan van Wyk's Kgalagadi December 2012: Heat, Dust and Rain

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Jan van Wyk
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Re: Kgalagadi December 2012: Heat, Dust and Rain

Unread postby Jan van Wyk » Thu Mar 07, 2013 7:16 pm

Appreciate all the comments and views :dance: :dance:

Day 9:

We had a huge thunder storm during the night and it was a total different road the morning with water in big pools along the road.

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Our first sighting was our first decent Bat-eared Fox sighting in golden light ,still wet from the nights rain looking for food.

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A Lanner Falcon was also cleaning himself after the rain.

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We saw lots off dead Eland near TR as uploaded on the beginning of my report.This was our first and last Eland sighting on our trip.

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To be continued....KTP came alive after the rain!

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Re: Kgalagadi December 2012: Heat, Dust and Rain

Unread postby Jan van Wyk » Fri Mar 08, 2013 4:46 pm

Than you for the comments :dance: :dance:

Our next sighting was a Secretary bird looking for food in the wet river bed.

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Even the Springboks enjoyed the water.

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To be continued...

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Re: Kgalagadi December 2012: Heat, Dust and Rain

Unread postby Jan van Wyk » Sat Mar 09, 2013 6:44 pm

Appreciate all the comments and views :dance: :dance:

It is not every day you see water standing in the KTP. Can't believe it is so dry at the moment.

Taken near the dune Picnic site.

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The Hyenas were still at the same place near Urikaruus.

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On our way back we found the same Lanner Falcon and captured some great portraits and take off images.

My best images so far of a Lanner Falcon.

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To be continued...Lanner kill

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Re: Kgalagadi December 2012: Heat, Dust and Rain

Unread postby Jan van Wyk » Sun Mar 10, 2013 3:14 pm

Thanks for the comments.... :dance:

Hilda welcome back hope you had a wonderful time... :gflower:

The Lanner first pose for a great image.

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Then return with a small kill.

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And take off again

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To be continued..

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Re: Kgalagadi December 2012: Heat, Dust and Rain

Unread postby Jan van Wyk » Mon Mar 11, 2013 7:12 pm

All the positive comments appreciated. :dance: :dance:

The beautiful Swallow-tailed Bee-eaters always pose for great images.

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The Ground agama always sits on the top of the bushes, but we found this on a rock with a beautiful background.

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To be continued...

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Re: Kgalagadi December 2012: Heat, Dust and Rain

Unread postby Jan van Wyk » Tue Mar 12, 2013 7:07 pm

Appreciate all the comments..thank you :dance: :dance:

Not often that you can capture a Gemsbok reflection in a water pool from the rain.

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Tawny Eagle

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Our second sighting of a Warthog in KTP.

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Roller take off.

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The afternoon the thunder clouds started building up again...what a site!!

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To be continued....

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Re: Kgalagadi December 2012: Heat, Dust and Rain

Unread postby Jan van Wyk » Wed Mar 13, 2013 7:19 pm

Thank you for the comments and views :dance: :dance:

Afternoon drive

We were still looking for our first predator sighting at Mata Mata, but enjoy the different KTP with all the water.

The Vultures also enjoy the rare event.

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The rain dance

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The Sandgrouses also make use of the opportunity to drink from the rain water.

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Roller pose and take off.

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To be continued...

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Re: Kgalagadi December 2012: Heat, Dust and Rain

Unread postby Jan van Wyk » Thu Mar 14, 2013 7:18 pm

Appreciate all the positive comments and views.. :dance: :dance:

We still didn't see Lions,Cheetah or Leopard, but the small African Wild cat posed again for some great images.

Enjoy those beautiful eyes.....

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To be continued...

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Re: Kgalagadi December 2012: Heat, Dust and Rain

Unread postby Jan van Wyk » Fri Mar 15, 2013 1:35 pm

Thank you for the comments

Goshawk kill (looks like a scorpion )

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Springbok reflection.

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The stare...

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To be continued....Kalahari Tentkamp

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Re: Kgalagadi December 2012: Heat, Dust and Rain

Unread postby Jan van Wyk » Sat Mar 16, 2013 12:10 pm

Thank you all for the comments :dance: :dance:

This was the first time we stayed at the Kalahari Tentkamp and will definitely go back again.

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Beautiful sunrise.

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Falcon posing (Don't know the ID)

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Gemsbok with strange horns

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Hyena looks almost sad.

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Ostrich display

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To be continued....

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Re: Kgalagadi December 2012: Heat, Dust and Rain

Unread postby Jan van Wyk » Sun Mar 17, 2013 3:16 pm

Appreciate all the comments and views.

We didn't see lots of animals the first few days, but after the rain the Springboks started returning to the river bed.
The rams started fighting..mud flying all over the place...

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and the winner is...

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Found the Crimson-breasted Shrike looking for food on the ground.

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Always jumping around...

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The Hyenas were still at the same place.

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The grin...

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To be continued...time to find some predators...

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Re: Kgalagadi December 2012: Heat, Dust and Rain

Unread postby Jan van Wyk » Mon Mar 18, 2013 7:30 pm

Thank you all for the comments...appreciate them all :dance: :dance:

The Bee-eaters pose again for some great images.

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Our first big cat sighting at Mata Mata. We missed the Cheetah kill and it was on the other side of the river.

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Vulture fly by....

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To be continued...our first Lion sightings at Mata Mata.

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Re: Kgalagadi December 2012: Heat, Dust and Rain

Unread postby Jan van Wyk » Tue Mar 19, 2013 9:02 pm

Thank you all for the kind comments. :dance: :dance:

Day 11: Our first Lions near Mata Mata.

We spotted our first Lions near Craig Lockhardt. Two Male Lions in the river bed just before sunrise.

The King

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Love the wide angle shot with the Lion in the river bed while the sun rise behind the dunes, creating the beautiful colours.

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Posing at a old Eland carcass.

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They started roaring and gave us goosebumps!!!

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The stare

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Relaxing while the sun was rising behind the dunes.

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To be continued...

Jan van Wyk
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Re: Kgalagadi December 2012: Heat, Dust and Rain

Unread postby Jan van Wyk » Wed Mar 20, 2013 7:17 pm

Thank you all for the comments :dance: :dance:

Our first sighting ever of a Striped Kingfisher.

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Pregnant Lioness walking down the river bed.

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Bee-eater

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We just missed our first Springbok birth.

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The mother looking around for predators.

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To be continued next week...on our way to Kruger for 7 days... :dance: :dance:

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Re: Kgalagadi December 2012: Heat, Dust and Rain

Unread postby Jan van Wyk » Thu Mar 28, 2013 2:13 pm

Thank you all for the kind comments...appreciate them all :dance: :dance:
Back from KNP ......

Vulture in golden light

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Wildebeest against the blue sky

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Springbok against the blue sky

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Bee-Eater feeding the youngsters

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Wildebeest drinking rain water.

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Giraffe on the dune

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To be continued..


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