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 Post subject: inado's Kgalagadi: Trip report in photos - Apr/May '12
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Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park: April / May 2012:

In April and May 2012, we visited the park for the 5th times. We love the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park very much.

It was our first visit to this time. Our previous trips were in August and September.
The green park was very impressive for us.

My english is not so good. :? Therefore, I will post more photos than text.

Well, let us start ...

in Mata Mata:
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First welcome - Southern White-faced Owl (Ptilopsis granti) in front of the shop:

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Benno & Ina

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Welcome kyknetta, Goronta and lion queen and thanks for the encouraging words. 8)


18.04.2012:

We spend two weeks :) :lol: in the park.
The first night we stay at Mata Mata (chalet #3).

In the afternoon we make our first game drive up to the 'Dalkeith' waterhole.
A Verreaux's Eagle Owl sitting under a tree.
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Verreaux's Eagle Owl (Bubu lacteus)

Otherwise, we only see "the usual suspects" such as Springbok, Gemsbok and Jackals.
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Pygmy Falcon (Polihierax semitorquatus)


At night, a bat flies in our bathroom and there making noise. Finally she finds the way out alone.

Tomorrow we go to Urikaruus. :D

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Thanks GavinW, Pumbaa, kyknetta and barryels. :) I appreciate your comments.


19.04.2012: The next morning we drive to Urikaruus. Since we still have time before we can check in there, we go to the 'Rooibrak' waterhole.

There we see many Red-headed Finches and a Shaft-tailed Whydah. A very impressive bird, which unfortunately hardly sit still and is difficult to capture on the photo.

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Red-headed Finches (Amadina erythrocephala)

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Shaft-tailed Whydah (Vidua regia)

A small family: :D

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Crowned Lapwing (Vanellus coronatus)

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Thanks kyknetta!

Here are 2 more photos of green Kalahari in April:

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Thank you for all your kind comments. :)

In the Wilderness Camp Urikaruus Jaques shows us our cabin for the next 3 nights (No. 2). It has a nice view at the waterhole. Against 18:20 clock is sunset. We start up the grill and it give delicious oryxfilets.

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Against 19:40 clock moves somewhat at the waterhole => a Leopard. We are very happy. :dance:
(But the photo looks more like a phantom :shock: )

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After that comes a African Wild Cat to the waterhole to drink.

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Nearby we hear nibble it. We discover an Tree mouse (Thallomys paedulcus).

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Thank you Trrp-trrrrrrr and billyf. :lol:

Who's hiding here?

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Lanner Falcon (Falco biarmicus)

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20.04.2012:
In the morning, the Sandgrouses comes to the waterhole:

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Namaqua Sandgrouses (Pterocles namaqua)

We drive along the Auob valley to the south. On the east side of the valley we discover a barn owl nest - thanks to a tip from this great SANParks Forum. :gflower: :gflower: :gflower:

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Barn Owl (Tyto alba)

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Some more photos of this trip:

"Decorated" Springbok:

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one more from the green Kgalagadi:

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and then ...

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And then … 1.5km north from 'Montrose' - we see a Leopard. :D :D
We can observe them for a long time and we are that time entire alone with the Leopard.
A magnificent experience to watch them so close.

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We can identify them as MIERA.
We do this thanks to the leopard-identification project of AstroMatt. :clap: :gflower: :clap:

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Thanks Pumbaa and Cape of Storms! :)


After thorough rolling in the grass, she disappears again and for us it's time to return to the camp.
We are very, very happy!!! :D :D

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In the evening a thunderstorm is approaching. Lightning flashes around us, a great spectacle. Then it starts to rain heavily. We are glad to have a roof over our heads.

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Thanks kyknetta and hilda. :clap: :clap:
We are delighted to read your comments.

21.04.2012:
Today we drive towards Mata Mata. Between the 'Dertiende Boorgat' and 'Veertiende Boorgat' are close to the roadside two teenage Lions. :D They look to some passing by Springboks. The Springboks take a while before they trust over some distance to the Lions. The lions rather continue their nap.

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Great hairstyle:
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