Skip to Content

Zuppi's Kgalagadi photo tale. January 2017

Tell us about your breathtaking experiences in the parks
zuppi
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 77
Joined: Sun Oct 09, 2016 2:29 pm

Zuppi's Kgalagadi photo tale. January 2017

Unread post by zuppi » Tue Feb 28, 2017 10:17 pm

I'm going to start this 'Travel Tales' thread after having published a short one about a special day during my recent trip:
https://www.sanparks.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=97556
But this one will be boring, at least if you want to read stories. Because I'm a amateur photographer and not a storyteller :wink: . So my story will be told by pictures...

So lets start:
20170118_120027_south_africa_245.jpg

Kgalagadi ahead!

20170118_140324_south_africa_89.jpg

First sighting (well almost first)

zuppi
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 77
Joined: Sun Oct 09, 2016 2:29 pm

Re: Kgalagadi January 2017 - a photo tale

Unread post by zuppi » Wed Mar 01, 2017 8:27 pm

Of course, Kgalagadi is known to be full of birds of prey... and did not disappoint:

20170118_143010_south_africa_122.jpg

I think this is a Gabon Goshawk !?

20170118_162037_south_africa_193.jpg

Pale Singing Goshawk
Last edited by zuppi on Wed Mar 01, 2017 9:07 pm, edited 1 time in total.

zuppi
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 77
Joined: Sun Oct 09, 2016 2:29 pm

Re: Kgalagadi January 2017 - a photo tale

Unread post by zuppi » Wed Mar 01, 2017 9:09 pm

Already on the first day a (very tired) lion:
20170118_170330_south_africa_226.jpg

and a African Wildcat with kittens:
20170118_174100_south_africa_256.jpg

zuppi
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 77
Joined: Sun Oct 09, 2016 2:29 pm

Re: Kgalagadi January 2017 - a photo tale

Unread post by zuppi » Sat Mar 04, 2017 8:49 am

Next day, the first 'thing' that crossed the path of my ever searching lens, was a raptor on top of a weavers nest:
20170118_181313_south_africa_269.jpg

Then I had to stop for a 'family' of tortoises crossing the street... in a more disciplined way than my children do :lol:
20170118_185319_south_africa_286.jpg

zuppi
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 77
Joined: Sun Oct 09, 2016 2:29 pm

Re: Kgalagadi January 2017 - a photo tale

Unread post by zuppi » Sat Mar 04, 2017 3:38 pm

Thank you all for the comments, glad you enjoy the pictures!

Some more raptors:
20170119_052020_south_africa_285.jpg


And a BBJ:
20170119_071334_south_africa_347.jpg


If you wondered about the green... yes the picture was taken in the Kgalagadi :D and this while they had water restrictions in Cape Town

zuppi
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 77
Joined: Sun Oct 09, 2016 2:29 pm

Re: Kgalagadi January 2017 - a photo tale

Unread post by zuppi » Sat Mar 04, 2017 9:26 pm

Next station was a group of fluffy teenage ostriches
20170119_074257_south_africa_324.jpg


I'm also interested in the smaller of things:
20170119_083236_south_africa_417.jpg

You wonder how I got this low angle of view? Well I admit, I was out of the car, lying on the ground :shock: But before you call the rangers...the photograph was taken in the picknik area of Melkvlei :mrgreen:

zuppi
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 77
Joined: Sun Oct 09, 2016 2:29 pm

Re: Kgalagadi January 2017 - a photo tale

Unread post by zuppi » Sun Mar 05, 2017 11:32 am

BTW clicking on the images will show them in a bigger format.

Here I came accross a rather rare visitor :
20170119_095239_south_africa_442.jpg


Until this day I do not know what was looking at me here :shock:
20170119_104221_south_africa_415.jpg

zuppi
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 77
Joined: Sun Oct 09, 2016 2:29 pm

Re: Kgalagadi January 2017 - a photo tale

Unread post by zuppi » Tue Mar 07, 2017 8:39 pm

Young wildebeest, strange looking creatures :D
20170119_105306_south_africa_420.jpg

and the same counts for the secretary bird :mrgreen:
20170119_105607_south_africa_428.jpg

zuppi
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 77
Joined: Sun Oct 09, 2016 2:29 pm

Re: Kgalagadi January 2017 - a photo tale

Unread post by zuppi » Wed Mar 08, 2017 9:12 pm

So common, but still so beautiful... the Gemsbock:
20170119_112439_south_africa_434.jpg


The Kgalagadi was green, decorated with flowers:
20170119_161431_south_africa_508.jpg


and of course, they where everywhere:
20170119_162353_south_africa_519.jpg

zuppi
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 77
Joined: Sun Oct 09, 2016 2:29 pm

Re: Kgalagadi January 2017 - a photo tale

Unread post by zuppi » Thu Mar 09, 2017 9:05 pm

Thank you for all your kind words!

In the meantime it is day 3, last night I stayed at Kiliekrankie, with an awesome view accross the dunes:
20170119_141832_south_africa_458.jpg


More little things along the Auob river bed:
a Thickknee
20170119_170102_south_africa_540.jpg

and a Bee eater
20170119_173409_south_africa_567.jpg

zuppi
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 77
Joined: Sun Oct 09, 2016 2:29 pm

Re: Kgalagadi January 2017 - a photo tale

Unread post by zuppi » Fri Mar 10, 2017 8:13 pm

More birds:
20170119_184711_south_africa_623.jpg


Then the next morning, early before sunrise, near Bataluma, a brown Hyena feeding on a carcass:
20170120_060851_south_africa_654.jpg


20170120_064322_south_africa_782.jpg


Unfortunately she/he decided to leave, just before the first sunrays hit the river slopes:
20170120_064541_south_africa_800.jpg

zuppi
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 77
Joined: Sun Oct 09, 2016 2:29 pm

Re: Kgalagadi January 2017 - a photo tale

Unread post by zuppi » Sat Mar 11, 2017 3:33 pm

Thank you all. The Brown Hyena was an (almost) first for me. The first one I saw the evening before, at Kiliekrankie drinking and bathing. But that was way to far and dark to take a reasonable picture.
Not long after the Hyena, a Mongose:
20170120_070432_south_africa_823.jpg

and then a interesting interaction:
20170120_070957_south_africa_829.jpg

A bat eared fox gets a visit from a juvenile springbock. Both animals where very nervous. The fox ducked down more and more while the springbock slowly get closer and closer and eventually lost its nerves and made a big jump backwards :lol:

A bit later my first Kgalagadi giraffs:
20170120_080527_south_africa_504.jpg

zuppi
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 77
Joined: Sun Oct 09, 2016 2:29 pm

Re: Kgalagadi January 2017 - a photo tale

Unread post by zuppi » Sun Mar 12, 2017 8:44 am

Not long after the Giraffs, I saw a car stopped alongside the road and I joined their sighting. A new-born Springbock. According to the observers in the first car it wa about 6 minutes old. for a while it was struggling to get up and walk, but after half an hour it followed it's mother around!
20170120_093216_south_africa_19.jpg

This crow seems to be feed by visitors, because before I could take this shot it came and sat on my side mirror :) Only once it realised that I'm not handing out food, it wend back to the waterhole.
20170120_095633_south_africa_40.jpg

Then I got to see Giraffes close up:
20170120_130032_south_africa_519.jpg

zuppi
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 77
Joined: Sun Oct 09, 2016 2:29 pm

Re: Kgalagadi January 2017 - a photo tale

Unread post by zuppi » Sun Mar 12, 2017 2:05 pm

yes, I was lucky a few times and had some great sightings.... and it's only Day 3 (of 12 days) :mrgreen:

A cape Fox, very close and best light:
20170120_184132_south_africa_98.jpg

20170120_184154_south_africa_102.jpg

20170120_184613_south_africa_114.jpg

zuppi
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 77
Joined: Sun Oct 09, 2016 2:29 pm

Re: Kgalagadi January 2017 - a photo tale

Unread post by zuppi » Mon Mar 13, 2017 8:24 pm

The next day was the best day ever :mrgreen: : the detailed 'tale' can be read at https://www.sanparks.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=97556.
So I'm going to skip it here and start again the next day (the next day after this next day...ok I'm confused now too, so lets stick to the photos) :

First thing I came accross in the Auob rever bed was a lioness with her two teenagers:
20170123_054957_south_africa_921.jpg

20170123_055708_south_africa_41.jpg

20170123_055725_south_africa_48.jpg

20170123_064112_south_africa_376.jpg

20170123_064646_south_africa_395.jpg

ok, ok, I overdid it a bit with the pictures...


Return to “Travel Tales”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 5 guests

Webcam Highlights

Addo
Submitted by Trrp-trrrrrrrr at 06:29:14
orpen
Submitted by HenkB at 07:59:06
satara
Submitted by Anonymous at 06:50:01
nossob
Submitted by Trrp-trrrrrrrr at 06:29:56