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Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park
« on: January 04, 2018, 08:05:17 »
Arguably the best National Park (reserve) in South Africa. This park falls in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana.
Game viewing is easy as the park is pretty open (it's semi desert) and animals are out in the open.
We spent 13 days in the park - and I could have stayed another 130.
We stayed in tents - specifically because the one site was an open camp site (no fences) on the Botswana side. 6 camp sites and no neighbors to be seen or heard. Frikkie the Jackal and 2 Cape foxes were some our frequent companions, although lions are known to frequent the site. we also had a Puffadder snake sail right between the tents. Tree nouse and Cardinal Woodpeckers stayed in the tree under which we camped.
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Re: Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2018, 08:10:15 »
and the last ones
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Re: Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2018, 08:27:08 »
Beautiful images Elsa. Especially the young Cheetah.
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Re: Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2018, 08:36:42 »
Great , varied collection of images Elsa.  Really good advert for the Park and yourself.  I particularly like the PP on the Bee Eater tossing the prey.
Many thanks for sharing
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Re: Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2018, 08:39:04 »
Fantastic pictures, you seem to have captured animals in all sizes.
My wife and I are considering a trip to the Kruger park (Nyati) in beginning of August.
After seeing your pictures I really have an urge to go ;)

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Re: Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2018, 09:17:38 »
Thank you kindly for the comments.

Chris - the young cheetahs are quite fruffy and dirty - and in half shade.
Tommiejeep - one of the few that hardly needed any post production. I think I only did noise reduction on the background and some sharpening.
Bent - the bush bites and then you cant stay away. Kruger is quite different to the Kgalagadi - it is more bushy and lots of trees, making it more difficult to see the animals. Kgalagadi is unique in that way - open river beds and arid semi desert. Kruger has tarred roads and more vehicles - Kgalagadi is gravel and sand - and limited vehicles at any given time. Camps are small.
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« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2018, 10:39:07 »
So many, great.

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Re: Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park
« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2018, 10:46:33 »
Thank you kindly Fons
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Re: Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park
« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2018, 11:47:20 »
Elsa, as the others have said.  These are splendid.  The baby Cheetah is special - I have not seen such an image before.
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Re: Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park
« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2018, 13:03:58 »
Thank you Hugh. I have a couple of cheetah shots - might post later. They are very special - mom had 2 cubs. Another one had 4 cubs (her 3rd litter of 4) 171221 Kgalagadi 085.jpg - that is the mom of the 4 cubs (her name is Corinne)
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Re: Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park
« Reply #10 on: January 04, 2018, 13:56:04 »
Really good animal captures, with lifestyle action.
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Re: Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park
« Reply #11 on: January 04, 2018, 14:07:42 »
Thank you Anthony
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Re: Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park
« Reply #12 on: January 04, 2018, 15:07:30 »
Elsa, Superb images !

Another vote for the scrubby baby cheetah
Those bee eaters are colorful!
The lion walking at you looks scary
The eagle (?) on the tree , what's happening there ?

A fantastic collection of all kinds of animals, seem you certainly had a great time
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Re: Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park
« Reply #13 on: January 04, 2018, 15:54:13 »
thank you Armando!

The Tawny eagle is being harassed by Drongo (birds) - maybe they have a nest nearby - I am not sure. They quickly got rid of him/her though :)
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Re: Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park
« Reply #14 on: January 04, 2018, 16:10:30 »
Simply outstanding captures, Elsa !
Many thanks for sharing these.

Doug