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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi December 2012: Heat, Dust and Rain
Unread postPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 7:33 pm 
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Award: Sighting of the Year - Birds (2012)
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We found the group of young baby Ostrich feeding in the river.

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Pose like the mother...

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Kori Bustard.

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The Crimson-breasted Shrike pose for some great images.

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To be continued...


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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi December 2012: Heat, Dust and Rain
Unread postPosted: Sat Mar 30, 2013 1:24 pm 
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Thank you for the kind comments :dance: :dance:

We found our African Wild Cat again relaxing in the shade.(light not great but still a good sighting)

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To be continued..


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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi December 2012: Heat, Dust and Rain
Unread postPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 2:19 pm 
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Award: Sighting of the Year - Birds (2012)
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Goronta, thank you for your kind words :D

We found all the Giraffes together at the waterhole.

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Against the dunes and blue background

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Beautiful Bee-eater

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Sociable Weathers

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Only in KTP you can admire the beautiful sunset....

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and beautiful sunrise colours on day 12

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To be continued...our last day and our best once in a lifetime Lion sightings ...


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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi December 2012: Heat, Dust and Rain
Unread postPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2013 12:45 pm 
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Day 12 our last day.

We packed and prepared for our last day in the Park on our way to Twee Rivieren.

What a day it turned out to be... :cam: :cam:

The day started with a beautiful sunrise.

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Tawny in golden light.

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We found two Brown Hyenas in golden light at the Waterhole.

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Not often seen and once in a lifetime sighting was two of them interact before they moved away. Normally one will wait for the other to finish, but this Male had his mind on other things and was very excited to photograph this rare sighting.

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To be continued....our best Lion sighting of the trip...

Preview.....

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi December 2012: Heat, Dust and Rain
Unread postPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2013 7:40 pm 
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Award: Sighting of the Year - Birds (2012)
Appreciate all the positive comments :dance: :dance:

Please allow me to post over the next days many Lions images. This was for me, a once in a lifetime sighting and want to share many images for those who love the Kgalagadi.

We found them at 14de Boorgat playing and chasing to prepare for adulthood. There was one young one and two sub adults with the one Lioness watching over them.

May be the one young Lion was one of the cubs we saw last December.
Cubs from last year December.

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Young Male with his short main.

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Prepare for the attack .

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The young one showing his attacking skills.

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The practice

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To be continued...many more images... please bare with me:cam:


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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi December 2012: Heat, Dust and Rain
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Thank you all for the comments......presume it is better to share them all than hiding them on my computer :D

So bare with me........ :cam:

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Mother joining the action..

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To be continued.....more action


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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi December 2012: Heat, Dust and Rain
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Thank you all for all the comments :dance: :dance:

More Lions playing......

Dance steps...

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Don't mess with Mom.

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Youngsters playing while Mom is watching.

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To be continued...more playing ...please bare with me :cam:


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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi December 2012: Heat, Dust and Rain
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Hilda about 1/2 an hour 400 photo's later.........promise not to upload all 400....

Attack Mom.... while drinking

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The turns....

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Catch me if you can

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Poor doves...

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Eyes locked in...

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The sprint....

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The attacked...

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To be continued......chasing Doves...promise only two more uploads to go ....hope you enjoy so far.. :cam:


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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi December 2012: Heat, Dust and Rain
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Award: Sighting of the Year - Birds (2012)
Appreciate all the comments and thank you for looking at our wonderful sighting of the young Lions

2nd last series of the young Lions playing....before moving on....

Mom the boss

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They turn their attention to the Doves

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Prepare for the attack

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The looser..

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To be Continued..


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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi December 2012: Heat, Dust and Rain
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Award: Sighting of the Year - Birds (2012)
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Last series of the Lions.....hope you have enjoyed our wonderful sighting

The attack

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Still mates....

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The stalk....

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The chase

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The one that got away...

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Time to go.....Mom show them the way..

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It almost looks like the young one looks back and ask if we got enough images...

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Time to move on....to be continued...


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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi December 2012: Heat, Dust and Rain
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We found the two Giraffes fighting before Rooibrak.

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Newborn Sprinkbok lam finding his feet.

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Crimson-breasted Shrike

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To be continued.....the bad boys of the Kgalagadi...


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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi December 2012: Heat, Dust and Rain
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Award: Sighting of the Year - Birds (2012)
Thank you Hilda and Goronta :dance: :dance:

We came across two collard young Male Lions after Rooibrak. Not good for photographers, but a privilege to spot them and hear about there story.

They stopped every few 100 meters and looked back, maybe moving into other Pride territory and making sure they are not followed. We followed them all alone for 5 km until Rooibrak.

I asked Kalahari Guru (Jan) about them and apparently they are collard when they broke out of the Park
See detail story at: Recent Animal Sightings page 100 (link below).

viewtopic.php?style=2&f=38&t=47086&start=1485

Will share some images of them over the next days.

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Making sure nobody followed..

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The Springbok knew the best was to get out of there way...

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Looking back..

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To be continued....


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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi December 2012: Heat, Dust and Rain
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Last series of the Bad Boys.......hope they are still behaving.....

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Springbok already had a close call with some predator.

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To be continued....final series of our wonderful trip


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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi December 2012: Heat, Dust and Rain
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Award: Sighting of the Year - Birds (2012)
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All good things must come to an end and sadly our trip was over, but will never forgot all the wonderful sightings an indeed the "heat dust and rain". Took about 3000 images and took me a long time to process all the raw images, but at the end it was worth every second...

I want to thank everyone that joined, viewed and all the positive comments on my report that lasted over two months. There is no place like the Kgalagadi one of the most beautiful places on earth and I hope my report will inspire more people to visit this untamed small paradise.

To close my report please allow me to upload a few images of our highlights on our 12 day trip. If I must upload all our highlights it will be again 38 pages long.

Mammals

Our first Honey Badger sighting in KTP

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The big Male of Kij Kij in beautiful early morning light with the most beautiful main I have ever seen.

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His younger companion.

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Our Brown Hyena sightings....my be he need a hair dresser.

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I have dreamed many years of taking images of Meerkats against a perfect background.
Another tick on my list....

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Once in a lifetime sighting of young Lions playing.

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Birds

We had many wonderful sightings.

Lanner Falcon.

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Secretary bird dance.

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Rare sighting of a Vulture drinking rain water...

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Decided to close my report with a beautiful sunset.

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and sunrise.

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Cheers Kgalagadi until next time :D :D


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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi December 2012: Heat, Dust and Rain
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All I can say is thank you for the kind comments...appreciate them all!! Life is about creating memories and our memories of our visits to KTP will always be one of the most memorable :dance: :dance:


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