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Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha

Unread postby charbel » Sun Oct 27, 2013 5:50 am

Hi Barryels
I will be on board

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Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha

Unread postby Philip1 » Sun Oct 27, 2013 10:18 am

Just caught up from page 11 again. :D

:mrgreen: This "Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small", just Awesome. Thanks for sharing!!!! :mrgreen:
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Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha

Unread postby charbel » Sat Nov 02, 2013 8:25 pm

Philip1 wrote:Just caught up from page 11 again. :D

:mrgreen: This "Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small", just Awesome. Thanks for sharing!!!! :mrgreen:
:hmz: One of the places that is one number on my wish list. :great:


Definitely, I'd like so much to go back!

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Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha

Unread postby charbel » Sat Nov 02, 2013 8:50 pm

Now a posting with the raptors we saw in June 3rd this year in KTP, in the area around Kalahari Tented Camp.

First a Tawny Eagle we saw above the cheetah that had captured a Springbok, as posted above. This is an impressive eagle we were fortunate to see many times in this trip to KTP.

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I like this pic in which the open wings allow us to see the feathers beneath.

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Later in the trip I took most of the pics of flying birds, but that day the best such pic was with Pedro. The Tawny Eagle that eventually flew away.

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As far as I remember, this was the only Steppe Buzzard we saw during the trip.

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Pale Chanting Goshawks, in turn, were seen every day. But they are often so beautiful under the sun that it was inevitable to photograph them. Here is a nice pic of a marvelous specimen.

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He was attentive for something in the ground, probably the next meal.

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One thing that always amused us were the Pale Chanting Goshawks eating in the ground. How come? Evolution produces such a beautiful raptor and it ends up eating like a chicken!!! :lol:

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Finally, White-Backed Vultures that were so close that a number of great close-ups was possible.

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They are ugly for some people. For me just superb animals!

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Always looking for food, for sure!

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And finally two nice close-ups!

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Unread postby anne-marie » Sat Nov 02, 2013 10:55 pm

me too I like Vultures and yours are nice :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Unread postby arks » Sun Nov 03, 2013 12:59 am

Nice raptors, charbel, but I think that your 'steppe buzzard' is actually a juvenile PCG?
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Unread postby hilda » Sun Nov 03, 2013 5:10 am

Awesome pictures charbel and Pedro! Love the Vulture close-ups! :clap: :clap:
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Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sun Nov 03, 2013 6:13 am

I love your vulture close ups. :clap: :clap: :clap: I also appreciate the vulture and as with the hyena recognised their beauty in their ugliness.

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Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha

Unread postby charbel » Mon Nov 11, 2013 4:32 am

Dear Anne-Marie, nice to know we share the appreciation for vultures. Majestic animals!
Dear Arks, thanks for correcting me, juveniles are tricky!
Hilda and meandering mouse, like to know you liked the close-ups. It is always great to have the chance to get them.
I will now do a posting in my KNP TR.

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Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha

Unread postby Trrp-trrrrrrrr » Mon Nov 11, 2013 6:17 am

Charbel,

Stunning :cam: of the raptors. :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Thanks for sharing. :popcorn: :popcorn:
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Unread postby wanderw » Mon Nov 11, 2013 8:21 am

Just caught up again. Lovely cheetah sighting and those meerkats are too cute. As for your vultures - super close-up pix! :clap: :clap: Thanx! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha

Unread postby Philip1 » Mon Nov 11, 2013 8:35 am

:clap: Raptors, always fascinating to watch and to capture them with shots like yours. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha

Unread postby charbel » Sat Nov 16, 2013 8:36 am

Dear Philip, Wanderw, Trrrrp-trrrr

Great. Thanks for the continued interest in the TR.
A new posting will be made now

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Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha

Unread postby charbel » Sat Nov 16, 2013 8:51 am

Kori Bustards are, as you all know, quite common in KTP. So, they needed to do something special or to be in a special scenery for us to take a pic, at least after the initial ones. This is one of the first Kori Bustard’s pics.

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A detail of the head of this marvelous bird, one of the birds with the largest wingspan in the world.

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A nice scene was this dust bath by a Kori Bustard.

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Finally, the Kori Bustard simply remained quietly in the ground.

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Crimson-Breasted Shrikes were a relatively common sighting, but a difficult bird to photograph, always very active, jumping from branch to branch, to the ground and then back to a branch, hiding behind twigs or leaves. But at that day, only the second day in KTP, we were lucky enough to get the first good pics of them.

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Not a great pic, but now I don’t remember if we saw a Scaly-Feathered Finch some other time during the trip.

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Again, not great, but I remember we didn’t see many Green-Winged Pytilias.

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As you know, Sociable Weavers are all the time building and keeping their huge conglomerates of nests, even getting trees to the ground with the weight of the nests.

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Here is an inquisitive Sociable Weaver looking at us.

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What I like about this pic is that one bird looks like a duplicate image of the other.

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We got some nice pics of a White-Browed Sparrow Weaver eating in the ground.

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And also in the trees and nests.

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Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sat Nov 16, 2013 10:05 am

Charbel, yu have captured some brilliant Kori moments :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

thank you.

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