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Charbel's Kgalagadi: The Big and Small. KTP, June '13

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Re: Charbel's Kgalagadi: The Big and Small. KTP, June '13

Unread post by charbel » Thu Feb 04, 2016 7:10 pm

Pumbaa wrote:Goegeous little falcons, charbel :thumbs_up:


Meandering Mouse wrote:What beautiful birds. Great Falcon sighting.


Thanks, Pumbaa and Meandering mouse, it was a lifer, and a dear one!

hilda wrote:Very nice sighting of the Red-necked Falcons Charbel, beautifully captured! :clap: :clap:

Great shot of the Bateleur in flight, and yes, I think that is a juvenile Black-chested Snake-Eagle. :clap: :clap:


Hilda, thanks for the confirmation!

umtali1 wrote:Great raptor pictures :dance: :dance: . It takes a lot of practice to get good shots of birds in flight.


Thanks, Umtali. I have been practicing, it is indeed hard... but rewarding...

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Re: Charbel's Kgalagadi: The Big and Small. KTP, June '13

Unread post by charbel » Thu Feb 04, 2016 9:30 pm

Dear 'mites,
This happened early morning in the Aoub River Road, not long after we left Kalahari Tented Camp. We found two White-backed Vultures in the nice landscape of the Kalahari, as far as I remember in Craig Lockhart waterhole.

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After a while one Vulture jumped on top of the other.... oops, what is going to happen here?

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I stopped taking pictures and did a short video. So, what happened is here.

https://youtu.be/h47YTnXd4t8

But I still got some pics. Here is one of them.

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Unfortunately, the White-backed Vultures are critically endangered, with decreasing populations (see http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/22695189/0), even though we still see many in the protected areas. The dangers of losing scavengers is well shown by the case in India where a complex web of interactions led from losing vultures to Leopards attacking children in rural areas and small cities. We are continuously reminded of how risky it is to break with the resilience of ecological systems, but we keep doing the same thing, with just slight changes in our evidently unsustainable ways of living....

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Re: Charbel's Kgalagadi: The Big and Small. KTP, June '13

Unread post by charbel » Thu Feb 04, 2016 9:49 pm

Dear 'mites
Something is not good with the video. I am uploading it again and will soon edit the previous message to update the link.

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Re: Charbel's Kgalagadi: The Big and Small. KTP, June '13

Unread post by charbel » Thu Feb 04, 2016 10:47 pm

Well, it didn't work with the video. In my computer it is zoomed in the vultures and I can see more clearly what's going on. I don't know why it changes in you tube...

If someone wants to get a better view, just write me and I can share it through dropbox. I was disappointed with this result.

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Unread post by anne-marie » Tue Mar 15, 2016 10:39 pm

indeed, superb pics of the Falcons :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Charbel's Kgalagadi: The Big and Small. KTP, June '13

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Wed Mar 16, 2016 4:52 am

Good to know that the vulture species will go on. 8) Super sighting. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Charbel's Kgalagadi: The Big and Small. KTP, June '13

Unread post by hilda » Wed Mar 16, 2016 7:45 am

Great Vulture sightings and pictures Charbel! :clap: :clap:
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Re: Charbel's Kgalagadi: The Big and Small. KTP, June '13

Unread post by charbel » Sat Mar 26, 2016 6:02 pm

Dear Anne-Marie, Meandering Mouse, and Hilda,
Thanks for the comments! I decided to come back with a posting to my KTP TR. Soon to come in the next minutes....

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Re: Charbel's Kgalagadi: The Big and Small. KTP, June '13

Unread post by charbel » Sat Mar 26, 2016 6:41 pm

Dear 'mites,
Here are more pics of this endangered and amazing species, the White-backed Vulture, in this case from KTP Aoub River road. They are now dependent on protected areas like this to survive. A pitiful reality we deliver to our children...

This one was quite curious about something in the very tree they were perched on. We couldn't see what was raising his interest.

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Hum, so interesting that the vulture took a deep look at it.

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But nothing interesting seemed to come out of it. He moved back to its original position, peering around in the veld, looking for something about to die or dead, just to go on with his key role in the world, to clean it from carcasses....

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Re: Charbel's Kgalagadi: The Big and Small. KTP, June '13

Unread post by charbel » Sun Mar 27, 2016 2:21 am

Dear 'mites,
A new posting showing some Ostrich pics from June 4th 2013 in the Aoub River Road (KTP). But the first one is more landscape than anything else. I really like this pic by Pedro showing the iron-colored sand dunes in the background and the large dry tree in the front, with the scattered Ostriches. It is the kind of scenery that makes Kalahari so breathtaking.

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A female Ostrich roadblock! When you are in KTP you can get tired of so many Ostriches, but it just takes a look at these pics to start missing them. What a beautiful animal!

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A closer view of these three beautiful young ladies!

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Re: Charbel's Kgalagadi: The Big and Small. KTP, June '13

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Sun Mar 27, 2016 5:49 am

They are beautiful young ladies with real model legs. :D I also love your vulture pictures. What amazing birds.

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Re: Charbel's Kgalagadi: The Big and Small. KTP, June '13

Unread post by umtali1 » Sun Mar 27, 2016 8:25 am

Great pictures of the vultures and ostriches. Both are amazing birds, built for different purposes :thumbs_up: .

We couldn't believe how stunning sand dunes and a few trees could be. We also found the light on the dunes totally captivating :clap: :clap:
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Re: Charbel's Kgalagadi: The Big and Small. KTP, June '13

Unread post by hilda » Sun Mar 27, 2016 2:02 pm

Beautiful pictures by you and Pedro Charbel! Great shots of the White-backed Vultures, and I love the Ostriches in the road! :dance: :dance:
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Re: Charbel's Kgalagadi: The Big and Small. KTP, June '13

Unread post by Pumbaa » Sun Mar 27, 2016 9:49 pm

Ostriches in a row are always great to capture 8)

Thanks Charbel :clap:

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Re: Charbel's Kgalagadi: The Big and Small. KTP, June '13

Unread post by vlakvarksegat » Mon Mar 28, 2016 7:25 pm

Great pics Charbel, thanks for sharing.
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