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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
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Hi Vinkie!
Great to have you on board.It is a pleasure, real pleasure to share!

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
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That day our plan was to do game drives around Dalkeith, Veertiende Boorgat, Dertiende Boorgat, Urikaruus, and then come back to Kalahari Tented Camp by the end of the afternoon for the sunset drive. It was a day full of BBJs, as it is commonly the case in KTP. They are fascinating animals, and thus deserve another posting for them.

This one was by the side of the road smelling something in the air. Maybe the next (rotten) meal.

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A little swimming in Veertiende Boorgat.

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An inviting look?

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Time to get rid of the water, very dog-like, don't you think?

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A nice pic of a drinking time, also Veertiende Boorgat.

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This was taken during the sunset drive. Caught in action again in dog-like manners, as expected.

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Next time, our first encounter with living Bat-Eared Foxes... After seeing many that on the way from Upington to KTP.

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
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interesting to see on in the water :hmz:
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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
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Love the jackal, Charbel,

always great to spot them :clap: :clap: :clap:


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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
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Great sighting of the Jackal :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
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Dear Anne-Marie, Pumbaa and Vinkie
Thanks for remaining on board!
BBJs are a constant joy. I am always amazed about how resourceful they are. No surprise they are so frequent!

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
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I also love to watch the BBJs Charbel, and am looking forward to see some in April! We didn't even see one in KNP in January! Awesome pictures! :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
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I do love that swimming picture. :thumbs_up: Very interesting.

Lovely images of a really intelligent animal.

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

Interesting to see all the vaious actions and behaviour of the BBJ. :thumbs_up:

Love the air smelling and swimming ones. :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
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Dear Hilda
We also saw a limited amount of BBJs in KNP, particularly if we compare with the huge amount in KTP. You are very likely to see many of them in April.
Yes, Meandering Mouse and Trrrp-trrrrrrr, very smart animals, always showing a large diversity of interesting behaviors. That's why we never get bored of them.

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Check also my KNP Trip Report: viewtopic.php?style=2&f=27&t=65025


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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
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Great picture of the cheetah on the dune and that big male lion! The BBJ's are real photo opportunities. They always have something new up their (Jackal) coats! (So to speak)! KTP remains my favourite park! FMJ

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
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Dear Fotomaljohan,
Welcome on board also to the KTP TR.
KTP Is certainly a top-quality park... I feel, however, that I need to experience more of the parks to decide... good plans to the future!

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
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In June 4th we found our first Bat-Eared Foxes in the trip to KTP. There were four of them foraging together and peacefully, facing no threats in the open field.

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They were far away in the field, but some close-ups were possible.

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In this pic we can see two of them actively foraging in the ground, looking for small burrowed animals.

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The big ears and the masks are such incredible signatures of these animals!

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Finally, a Bat-Eared Fox butt, for the never realized project of the butt calendar!

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During the sunset drive, we were lucky enough to see many carnivores. First, an African Wild Cat. It was lying in the ground under the sunset, showing how it can be camouflaged against the sand background.

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It was hard to get close-ups with the right contrast, but Pedro managed two nice pics. It was such a great animal to see, our first and only encounter during the trip! But we could hear them every night, meowing across the field. In Grootkolk, several nights later, I woke up at night due to a Lion roar, and stayed for many minutes delighted, listening to the meows and roars around the hut.

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Later, when the night had already fallen, Byron took us through a side road and then I saw two shining eyes in a tree. We came closer and it was a Genet. Nice to see that hard to spot cat simply lying down on a tree. Notice how different were the color schemes we were using in the cameras.

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We were also lucky to see a Hyena bathing in a waterhole in the middle of the night and it was surrounded by BBJs, just as the Cheetahs we saw early morning that day and late afternoon the previous day. BBJs always opportunistically following larger predators. So annoying that not even bathing alone was allowed! It was very very dark. So, no good pic since we didn’t have the right equipment for those conditions.

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See also my KNP TR: viewtopic.php?style=2&f=27&t=65025


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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
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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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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi: The Big and Small - Trip report Charbel El-Ha
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Beautiful sightings Charbel! I loved the Bat-eared Foxes and the awesome AWC and Genet! :clap: :clap:

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