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 Post subject: Re: WillemK: Let the photos tell the story-KTP weekend editi
Unread postPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2011 8:48 am 
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Saturday morning:

We continued northwards and then we came across a Cape fox den next to the road. There were five young ones waiting for mother and father to return with food. We decided to watch and waiting. This one also waited patiently:

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Edit 1: 600mm x 1.4 convertor (850mm), f5.6, 1/1600, ISO800, exp 0, @ 9meters.

After a while they became busy cleaning the entrances of the den and started to play around. We stayed with them for more than 1,5 hours but the parents didn't return. Too bad because it ould have provided us with nice photos. Around 08H30 one by one they disappeared into the holes.

Nevertheless, here are some of the action:

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Edit 1: Now I've changed to my Nikon D7000 with 70x200mm with 1.4 convertor to try and get both foxes in the frame. 210mm, f5, 1/500, ISO560, exp -0.67, @ 15meters.


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Edit 1: 70x200mm no convertor (165mm), f3.2, 1/3200, ISO500, exp -0.67, @ 12meters.

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Edit 1: 70x200mm no convertor (150mm), f4, 1/2500, ISO560, exp -0.67, @ 15meters.

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 Post subject: Re: WillemK: Let the photos tell the story-KTP weekend editi
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Saturday morning:

The Cape fox den with the kids playing around wating for their parents to return. These two think they are in Australia:

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Edit 1: 70x200mm with 1.4 convertor (315mm), f5, 1/500, ISO560, exp -0.67, @ 15meters.


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Edit 1: 70x200mm with 1.4 convertor (225mm), f4, 1/2500, ISO560, exp -0.67, @ 15meters.

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 Post subject: Re: WillemK: Let the photos tell the story-KTP weekend editi
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Saturday afternoon:

For the afternoon we decided to first drive northwards from the lower dune t-junction @ Auctherlonie before returning to the hyena Kamfersboom spa. Nothing really interesting except this Gabar goshawk on the ground underneath a tree:

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850mm, f6.3, 1/320, ISO500, exp 0, @7.5meters.

We also saw these bee-eaters - in very bad light (against the sun). I just liked the interaction - done what I could with Capture NX2 to have a presentable photo:

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850mm, f8, 1/3200, ISO500, exp -0.67, @18meters.

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Saturday afternoon:

After a while we decided to turn back southwards (no barn owls at the 14ht this time around). Between Kamfersboom and Monro we came across this collared cheetah with her three young ones. Photos also posted on another member's trip report. They were just lying around, look in the direction of the springboks. I've tried to capture the atmosphere:

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This time I removed the convertor: 600mm, f4, 1/640, ISO200, exp -0.67, @ 12meters.

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600mm, f5.6, 1/500, ISO200, exp -0.67, @ 12meters.

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600mm, f8, 1/100, ISO200, exp -0.67, @ 12meters.

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Saturday afternoon:

The mood amongst the cheetahs:

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600mm, f4, 1/400, ISO200, exp -0.67, @ 12meters.

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600mm, f5.6, 1/400, ISO200, exp -0.67, @ 12meters.

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600mm, f4, 1/800, ISO400, exp -0.67, @ 12meters.

As you can see, I played around with the camera settings. Great opportunity to get in some practices and exposure.

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Saturday afternoon:

After a while the cheetahs started to move towards the springboks and the hyenas' spa. We decided to drive to the otherside of the springboks in case there is a chase. But the springboks saw them and were on the alert. As they got closer to the spa, they also saw the hyenas and made a 180 degree turnaround. So, we started to look at the hyenas for some action. Luckily we were staying at Kieliekrankie (10min drive) - so we could stay a bit longer. I don't know how the other visitors manage to get to TR in time (as some of them left the cheetah sighting around 19H10).

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850mm, f5.6, 1/1000, ISO800, exp -0.67, @ 63 meters.

This young one didn't like the look and smell of Jannie's "miershoop" camera (which was at the time placed at Kamfersboom)

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850mm, f7.1, 1/2500, ISO500, exp -0.67, @ 63 meters.

A team effort with supervision to drink some water:

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850mm, f5.6, 1/2500, ISO800, exp -0.67, @ 63 meters.

It was interesting to observe hierargie of the clan - the smelling and all. We counted about 11 hyenas around. This one was definitely a low ranked member - very submissive and always running away from the others.

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850mm, f5.6, 1/640, ISO320, exp -0.67, @ 63 meters.

850mm, f5.6, 1/2500, ISO800, exp -0.67, @ 63 meters.

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Saturday afternoon:

Around 19H10 we decided to head back to KK - so did the crow:

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Then, what I think was the highlight of the trip, a Lanner falcon with a dove about 4meters away from the car on the ground. The dove was to heavy for the falcon to take off. We must have missed the catch by seconds as the dove was still alive when stopped next to it. Why must all the great action always happen just before gate closing time?

I decided only to develop the photos after the dove was killed - before that too sensitive. Even my wife commented that one cannot do anything with photos like those. Luckily it took the falcon just one "bite" around the dove's neck and it was dead.

The killer bite:

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70x200mm with 1.7 convertor (250mm), f4.8, 1/320, ISO800, exp -0.67, @ 6meters. I couldn't get my 600mm lens out quickly enough. So I grapped my 70x200mm and shoot free hand. The light was also very bad. Should have raised the ISO to 1600 or even higher.

The rest is not for the sensitive viewers

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Saturday afternoon:

The falcon and its kill. I tried the 600mm lens but they were too close. No time to remove the convertor - gates are closing and falcon is moving along the ground, dragging the dove along, into the tall grass. Here is two quick photos - didn't have the time to up the ISO (should have used 1600 or 3200 or even higher, so after a few shots I went back to the 70x200mm:

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850mm, f6.3, 1/100, ISO500, exp -0.67, @ 7meters

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Saturday afternoon:

The falcon and its kill: Here are some shots with my 70x200mm as the falcon was moving away from the road into the taller grass.

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He/she was not very impressed with our presence and showing it to us:
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Saturday afternoon:

After all the exitement - some calmness provided by a thick-knee next to the road getting ready for the night:

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850mm f6.3, 1/1000, ISO320, exp-0.67, @ 7 meters

And what is a trip report without a familiar photo - we arrived at KK just in time (I think 30sec to spare, thanks Willem):

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32mm, f14, 1/50, ISO100.

And that was Saturday.

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Saturday:

I forgot about another martial eagle we saw on our way to 14th. It was sitting on the ground nex to the road and I manage to capture my Fortuner in this photo. No, the eagle is not blind in one eye - interesting to see that an eagle can blink (with) only one eye at a time:

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850mm (now that is what I called an overkill but don't worried, I've changed to my 70x200mm afterwards to caught it in flight), f5,6, 1/3200, ISO500, exp -0.33, @ 6meters (it was great to sit 6meters away from this magnificent bird).

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On our way out back to Bloem we saw the following - very fortunate to see the bee-eater a few meters in front of us entering its nest next to the road. So we parked next to the opening (but leaving some space for the bird) and wait. Patience paid off but boy, are they quick! My wife didn't get a shot but luckily I managed three shots with my D7000 and 70x200mm lens - Focused on the opening and just started shooting as soon as I saw its face appearing in the hole. You can just imagine - my D7000 is shooting at about 6-7 frames per sec and I managed to get 3 shots in.

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70x200mm with 1.7 convertor (300mm), f6.3, 1/4000, ISO400, exp -0.67, @ 5 meters.

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Sunday morning:

On our way out - the very familiar:

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How about something different with the familiar?

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