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

Unread postby charbel » Sat Mar 08, 2014 1:12 am

anne-marie wrote:super, you saw the Genet :dance:
and love the little BEF :dance:
the cat is a little bit red... with the sun... :thumbs_up:
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Dear Anne-Marie
Yes, the sunset effect on the cat fur was unbelievable!
I had seen a Genet once before in KNP, inside Letaba, but it escaped so fast that we couldn't even grab our cameras. This time that Genet was at rest.

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

Unread postby charbel » Sat Mar 08, 2014 1:13 am

hilda wrote:Beautiful sightings Charbel! I loved the Bat-eared Foxes and the awesome AWC and Genet! :clap: :clap:


Thanks, Hilda, always a pleasure to have you on board. I will do a new posting in this TR today....

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

Unread postby charbel » Sat Mar 08, 2014 2:17 am

In June 4th we found once again, as expected, the usual suspects. A male Springbok always attentive in the middle of its territory. Only females admitted, preferably at a reproductive state. Typical behavior of the species, allowing us to spot the dominant males.

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Here is a nice close-up of the male.

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Gemsboks, so common and so beautiful, living well in those arid environments, not needing water at any time, just surviving from moisture in the grass. Here they are looking at us, as they do when cars approach.

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And then a little scratch to show up.

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At a distance, in the middle of the day, we found the largest group of Giraffes we saw during the trip, nine animals. Not a good pic, really very far away, but curious enough.

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And then the surprise... A little Giraffe was also there, so cute.

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During the sunset drive, we found Giraffes again... and, again, with a little cute one... We didn't know if it was the same group. I like in this pic the feeling of solitude given by the two Giraffes entering the savana, mother and cub, cut against the background, where we can clearly see how the pale sand turns into the red sand.

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Here we can see a larger part of the group walking through the fields as the sun is going down. Look at the beautiful little one!

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Giraffes also need salt. This is why in the beautiful sunset scene one of them is digging the ground with the legs.

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Finally, for today, a typical drinking scene!

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See also my KNP TR (I will post there in the next days):
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Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha

Unread postby Trrp-trrrrrrrr » Sat Mar 08, 2014 2:54 pm

Charbel,

The Springbok, and Gemsbok :cam: are stunning. :clap: :clap:

Lovely :cam: of the Giraffe....the little one is still fairly young and ever so cute...with parents towering over him/her :dance:

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Unread postby Pumbaa » Sat Mar 08, 2014 8:34 pm

Lovely bat eared foxes pictures and also brilliant AWC pictures, charbel :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Unread postby Cape of Storms » Sun Mar 09, 2014 9:17 am

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

Unread postby hilda » Mon Mar 10, 2014 12:40 pm

Great antelope sightings Charbel, with beautiful pictures of them all. Love the Giraffes in all shapes and sizes! :clap: :clap:

Stunning close-up of the Springbok, and I can never get enough of Gemsbok pictures! :dance: :dance:
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Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha

Unread postby charbel » Thu Mar 13, 2014 3:03 am

Dear Hilda, Pumbaa, Cape of Storms, Trrrrp-trrrrrrr,

Thanks for the continued interest on the TR and for the good things said on the pics...

Let me share with you the excitement of preparing for my next trip, for 4 days stay in Pantanal in Brazil, an amazing place for birds, jaguars, caymans and so forth.

It will be a short but certainly great trip, with a renowned photographer of Pantanal birds... lots to learn...

I will do a posting now in the KNP TR: viewtopic.php?style=2&f=27&t=65025

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Unread postby charbel » Tue Apr 15, 2014 2:46 pm

Difficult times, lots of work. Coming back to the TR just now....

Still June 4th, here is a trip of a Gemsbok lying down.

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I like the way the horns cross in the upper part in this lying down Gemsbok.

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There is a feeling of solitude that touches me in the photograph.

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Ah, the desperate search for salts in the savana...

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A Gemsbok in Dalkeith, looking at those strangers looking at him.

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A Red Hartebeest also deserves its parcel in salts!

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Just after eating salts, cut against the landscape.

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What a magnificent animal!

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Unread postby Cape of Storms » Tue Apr 15, 2014 4:14 pm

My what long horns you have gemsie!
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Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha

Unread postby Trrp-trrrrrrrr » Wed Apr 16, 2014 5:35 am

Charbel,

Lovely images of the Gemsbok and Red Hartebeest. :clap: :clap:

Thanks for sharing :popcorn:
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Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Wed Apr 16, 2014 5:37 am

Lovely pictures Charbel. :thumbs_up: The big antelope really are magnificent.

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Unread postby Pikkie » Wed Apr 16, 2014 9:11 am

Enjoying your TR, thank you so much!
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Unread postby hilda » Thu Apr 17, 2014 12:37 pm

Lots of beautiful antelope Charbel .... gorgeous Giraffes, stunning Gemsbok and the beautiful Red Hartebeest! :clap: :clap:
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Unread postby arks » Mon May 05, 2014 1:10 am

WoW Charbel, that's one very cool and amazing looking bird!
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