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Kgalagadi January 2017 - a photo tale

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Kgalagadi January 2017 - a photo tale

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:
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Kgalagadi ahead!

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First sighting (well almost first)

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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:

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I think this is a Gabon Goshawk !?

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Pale Singing Goshawk
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Unread post by WillieV » Wed Mar 01, 2017 8:34 pm

I am on the bus to see your photos zuppi.
Thank you for sharing.

:popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:
KGALAGADI MAY 2017 What a great time we had !

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

Already on the first day a (very tired) lion:
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and a African Wildcat with kittens:
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Unread post by billyf » Wed Mar 01, 2017 9:34 pm

Definitely on the bus, and as they say "A picture tells more than a thousand words" or something like that :lol:
Great pictures, ready for more :popcorn: :popcorn: :thumbs_up:
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Unread post by manicwalker » Thu Mar 02, 2017 2:36 am

Zuppi,
I am also on this bus :)
Beautiful photos..
And rather special to haev a sighting of the AWC and her kittens.... :clap:
Looking forwad to more :whistle:

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Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Thu Mar 02, 2017 4:14 am

AWC with kittens is certainly not boring. :D :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance:

Lovely images of the KTP raptors and what gorgeous owls.

I am pleased that you decided to write another report. I am right on board. :thumbs_up:

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Unread post by Grantmissy » Thu Mar 02, 2017 7:14 am

:clap: :clap: :clap: Great photographs Zuppi.
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Unread post by Karin Mitton » Thu Mar 02, 2017 8:01 am

Oh wow - wild cat kittens!!! What an absolutely wonderful sighting! :clap: :clap: :clap:
I am on board for this trip!

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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:
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Then I had to stop for a 'family' of tortoises crossing the street... in a more disciplined way than my children do :lol:
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Unread post by WillieV » Sat Mar 04, 2017 9:58 am

What a fantastic once a lifetime sighting of the tortoises. :mrgreen: :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Unread post by hilda » Sat Mar 04, 2017 10:38 am

Wow zuppi! Am I glad to find more stories and pictures of your trip here! I absolutely love the African Wild Cat with two kittens! What a special sighting, beautifully captured too! :clap: :clap:

Awesome raptor sightings too! :dance: :dance:
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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:
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And a BBJ:
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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

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Re: Kgalagadi January 2017 - a photo tale

Unread post by RayK » Sat Mar 04, 2017 3:52 pm

Hi zuppi,
Great start. That's the first time I've seen African Wildcat kittens...really cute. :)

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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
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I'm also interested in the smaller of things:
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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:


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