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Four days of amazing photography in Addo

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Four days of amazing photography in Addo

Unread postby madach » Tue Apr 14, 2009 12:04 am

In the first week of April I spent four nights in Addo. I'd been to Addo before so I knew what to expect: lots of elephants, kudu and wharthogs and maybe a lion sighting. I also hoped to see black rhino at the waterhole as postings on this forum seem to indicate that they are regular visitors to the waterhole at night. I also had a faint hope of seeing a Caracal as Peter Betts and other forumites have had good sightings of Caracal in the park.

Let me start by saying that the sightings that I had in Addo this trip have far exceded my hopes and expectations. I've had a number of excellent sightings of two male lions, black rhino at the waterhole on two occasions, black rhino during the daytime next to the road, a good sighting of meerkats and a sighting of a caracal.

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Re: Four days of amazing photography in Addo

Unread postby madach » Tue Apr 14, 2009 8:20 pm

Thanks for the kind comments on the lion shot. To be honest I wouldn't have thought it possible to have such an excellent lion sighting in Addo. Talking about great sightings, here's a couple from a black rhino sighting we had two days later.

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Re: Four days of amazing photography in Addo

Unread postby madach » Wed Apr 15, 2009 8:08 pm

This was my first decent meerkat sighting in years, I'd been looking for them in the Kgalagadi for the last couple of years. Funny that out of all places I should get a good sighting in Addo NP.

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Re: Four days of amazing photography in Addo

Unread postby madach » Thu Apr 16, 2009 3:58 pm

carolynn wrote:what camera and lens are you using?

I use a Canon 1D Mark III with 500 f/4, 300 f/2.8 and 70-200 f/2.8 . Not your average equipment I guess :redface:

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Re: Four days of amazing photography in Addo

Unread postby madach » Fri Apr 17, 2009 8:35 am

Flavia wrote:Where did you sight the rhino?

I found the rhino early one morning on the road to South Gate about halfway down that road.

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Re: Four days of amazing photography in Addo

Unread postby madach » Fri Apr 17, 2009 7:32 pm

Very true, Addo is indeed standing up in the company of the big boys!

Here's some more pics from my lion sightings and one hyaena picture. The male lions are Nossob and Kalahari (at least that's what I've been told). They had a bit of a dispute a couple of days earlier and that is how the one lion (Nossob) hurt his nose.


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Re: Four days of amazing photography in Addo

Unread postby madach » Fri Apr 17, 2009 7:35 pm

madach wrote:It was about 7km South of Marion Barree

I looked up the sighting on my GPS just now and it was actually a lot closer to that waterhole. It was exactly 1.2km south of Marion Baree.

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Re: Four days of amazing photography in Addo

Unread postby madach » Mon Apr 20, 2009 2:45 pm

Don't get too excited about the Caracal shot. It was only a fleeting sighting, but I did get some shots of its bum. :roll:

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Re: Four days of amazing photography in Addo

Unread postby madach » Tue Apr 21, 2009 8:03 am

Henk wrote:I can only dream of sightings like yours.

I must admit that my sightings this time were very, very good. To increase your chances of good sightings enter the park the moment the gates open. The earlier you drive the better your chances are of seeing lion, caracal and hyaena. In the daytime you'll see lots of elephants and buffalo but to see the cats you have to get up early. All of our major sightings, except the meercats, were early in the morning...

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Re: Four days of amazing photography in Addo

Unread postby Addo Elephant » Thu Apr 23, 2009 9:10 am

Hi madach,

The male lions you photographed are Nossob and Bitterbal. They had a fight with Kalahari and Tsama close to the turn off from the main camp road towards Domkrag. One of the game drive guides saw all four of them there the one morning and then a researcher saw Nossob and Bitterbal there the following night with the new injuries to Nossob.
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Re: Four days of amazing photography in Addo

Unread postby madach » Thu Apr 23, 2009 1:18 pm

Addo Elephant wrote:The male lions you photographed are Nossob and Bitterbal

Thanks for the info :thumbs_up:

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Re: Four days of amazing photography in Addo

Unread postby madach » Tue May 05, 2009 7:51 pm

I've been busy with all kinds of things the last couple of weeks but editing my pictures was unfortunately not one of these things :cry: I've finally found some time to continue sorting through my Addo pictures so here is a new installment!

For me Hapoor waterhole is one of the best places in South Africa to photograph elephants. This trip Hapoor did not disappoint. Each morning around 10am herd after of herd of elephants came to drink at Hapoor. Here's a compilation of images made at Hapoor waterhole over a period of three days.

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