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KGALAGADI AUGUST 2016. BIRDS OF PREY.

Unread post by WillieV » Sat Sep 24, 2016 4:26 pm

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This year our August trip to Kgalagadi was more of a Bird trip, than a Lion trip as in the past. Not that we did not see Lions. We saw 20 Lions in 7 days, but we had so many bird sightings and many of the birds were busy eating something. Unfortunately many days were with thin clouds and strong wind in the afternoon, with the result that many of these sightings could not be recorded with good quality photos.

Nevertheless we had, like always in the past, a wonderful time in Kgalagadi. :D
We stayed two nights in Twee Rivieren, two nights in Nossob, one night in Mata Mata and two nights in Urikaruus.
KGALAGADI AUGUST 2016. BIRDS OF PREY.
KGALAGADI AFTER THE RAIN. MAY 2016.
KGALAGADI AUGUST 2015. THE HUNTER BECAME THE HUNTED
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August 2014 trip to Kgalagadi.
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Re: KGALAGADI AUGUST 2016. BIRDS OF PREY.

Unread post by billyf » Sat Sep 24, 2016 5:09 pm

Lovely pic of the PCG enjoying some lunch, great start to your TR :clap: :clap:

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Re: KGALAGADI AUGUST 2016. BIRDS OF PREY.

Unread post by WillieV » Sat Sep 24, 2016 10:16 pm

We arrived at Twee Rivieren before 12h00 on Saturday the 13th. It was too early to get our chalet so we went for a drive to Melkvlei for lunch.

Just outside the camp was this Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl.
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Further on was a Swallow-tailed Bee-eater.
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Immature Bateleur.
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The first of many Rock Kestrels.
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KGALAGADI AUGUST 2016. BIRDS OF PREY.
KGALAGADI AFTER THE RAIN. MAY 2016.
KGALAGADI AUGUST 2015. THE HUNTER BECAME THE HUNTED
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August 2014 trip to Kgalagadi.
Kgalagadi May 2014 with Lion vs Leopard

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Unread post by WillieV » Sat Sep 24, 2016 10:18 pm

Thank you and welcome billyf.
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KGALAGADI AFTER THE RAIN. MAY 2016.
KGALAGADI AUGUST 2015. THE HUNTER BECAME THE HUNTED
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August 2014 trip to Kgalagadi.
Kgalagadi May 2014 with Lion vs Leopard

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Re: KGALAGADI AUGUST 2016. BIRDS OF PREY.

Unread post by WillieV » Sat Sep 24, 2016 10:42 pm

At Kij Kij, high on the dune, were two young male Lions.
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They were going nowhere, it was 13h30 and 25 degrees outside, so we continued to Melkvlei.
KGALAGADI AUGUST 2016. BIRDS OF PREY.
KGALAGADI AFTER THE RAIN. MAY 2016.
KGALAGADI AUGUST 2015. THE HUNTER BECAME THE HUNTED
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August 2014 trip to Kgalagadi.
Kgalagadi May 2014 with Lion vs Leopard

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Re: KGALAGADI AUGUST 2016. BIRDS OF PREY.

Unread post by WillieV » Sat Sep 24, 2016 10:51 pm

We saw another Rock Kestrel.
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The first of many Black-shouldered Kites.
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Many Fork-tailed Drongo.
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Another Black-shouldered Kite.
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KGALAGADI AFTER THE RAIN. MAY 2016.
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Unread post by WillieV » Sat Sep 24, 2016 10:59 pm

Immature Lanner Falcon.
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Rock Kestrel that did some exercises.
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KGALAGADI AUGUST 2016. BIRDS OF PREY.
KGALAGADI AFTER THE RAIN. MAY 2016.
KGALAGADI AUGUST 2015. THE HUNTER BECAME THE HUNTED
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August 2014 trip to Kgalagadi.
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Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Sun Sep 25, 2016 5:24 am

:dance: :dance: I am so happy to see another report on the way.

This looks as though it is going to be the best excercise in getting my birding on the go again. 8)

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Unread post by WillieV » Sun Sep 25, 2016 8:54 am

Welcome on board Meandering Mouse.
KGALAGADI AUGUST 2016. BIRDS OF PREY.
KGALAGADI AFTER THE RAIN. MAY 2016.
KGALAGADI AUGUST 2015. THE HUNTER BECAME THE HUNTED
KGALAGADI May 2015
August 2014 trip to Kgalagadi.
Kgalagadi May 2014 with Lion vs Leopard

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Re: KGALAGADI AUGUST 2016. BIRDS OF PREY.

Unread post by barryels » Sun Sep 25, 2016 12:35 pm

Great :D . Another WillieV trip report :dance: .

Beautiful bird sightings of all, especially the Black-shouldered Kite that is my favourite bird :thumbs_up: .

Looking forward to the rest of this trip :popcorn: .
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Re: KGALAGADI AUGUST 2016. BIRDS OF PREY.

Unread post by Pumbaa » Sun Sep 25, 2016 3:29 pm

Simply awesome raptors shots, Willie,

my favourite are the kestrels :dance:

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Re: KGALAGADI AUGUST 2016. BIRDS OF PREY.

Unread post by WillieV » Sun Sep 25, 2016 8:49 pm

Thank you barryels and welcome on board.
We had some good Black-shouldered Kite sightings.
KGALAGADI AUGUST 2016. BIRDS OF PREY.
KGALAGADI AFTER THE RAIN. MAY 2016.
KGALAGADI AUGUST 2015. THE HUNTER BECAME THE HUNTED
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August 2014 trip to Kgalagadi.
Kgalagadi May 2014 with Lion vs Leopard

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Unread post by WillieV » Sun Sep 25, 2016 10:44 pm

Thank you and welcome Pumbaa.
We had more Kestrel sightings than usual.
KGALAGADI AUGUST 2016. BIRDS OF PREY.
KGALAGADI AFTER THE RAIN. MAY 2016.
KGALAGADI AUGUST 2015. THE HUNTER BECAME THE HUNTED
KGALAGADI May 2015
August 2014 trip to Kgalagadi.
Kgalagadi May 2014 with Lion vs Leopard

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Re: KGALAGADI AUGUST 2016. BIRDS OF PREY.

Unread post by hilda » Mon Sep 26, 2016 7:05 am

Very pleased to see another Kgalagadi trip report from you WillieV! :clap: :clap:

Great start to your trip report, which looks like a feast of raptors! Beautiful pictures of them all! :dance: :dance:

I love the two young male Lions on the dune too! Awesome sighting! :clap: :clap:
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Unread post by GavinW » Mon Sep 26, 2016 7:07 am

I've been waiting patiently for this :dance:
Great start WillieV
See our trip reports:

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