Botswana/Zimbabwe pictures

Oct 29th, 2008, 05:58 AM
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Hi Hari,
Do have pics. of them?
These two bros. (if I recall, are around 3 yo). they had just sent the cheetah dad packing and now have the territory.
They were definitely good sized cheetah. Not long and thin like most - very muscular and quite beautiful.

One, as you said stayed semi hidden the other did move around more and seemed more relaxed. It took us, btw, a couple hours to track them.
I'll have to go back and take a look at their faces.
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Oct 29th, 2008, 06:08 AM
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Hi Sherry,

That's right - they removed the old coalition that had dominated the area for a very very very long time. They were the absolute best.

I do have some pics - It takes a while for them to relax. One guy is okay, I think ...... the guy with the scar face is not relaxed at all .......... it took us only a half hour to find them as one of the cars had located them the previous night. So, we just went to the area and picked up the spoor. Luckily, they didn't go too far.
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Nov 29th, 2008, 06:25 AM
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Nov 29th, 2008, 11:32 AM
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Can you please put a link to your trip report? I found the pictures in the lounge.
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Nov 29th, 2008, 12:08 PM
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I'll see if I can top it - I still can't figure out how to re post fodor links.
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Nov 29th, 2008, 05:09 PM
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I really enjoyed your pictures. I will be in Botswana in May, and have been thinking about which lenses to leave at home, and which to take/buy. What camera did you use and how short or long were the lenses you used? Any details greatly appreciated!
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Nov 30th, 2008, 05:24 AM
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One nice thing that I noticed in Botswana is that the off roading can often get you somewhat close to the wildlife.
I used a Panasonic Fz30. It has a 100 - 400 lens, fully manual, automatic or in between.
It has a nice macro setting but I didn't need it much. I can also take short videos.

I could have but not often used a 500 for birds but again we lucked out with good guiding and were usually able to get pretty close to what we wanted.

A few people in our vehicle had the canon 2X & 4X expanders which they raved about.
I've heard others, however, say that it takes some clarity away.
No expert here.

My other camera was a Lumix point and shoot which did come in handy as a backup camera and for windy conditions in the desert. We also used it in the canoe for wide shots.
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Nov 30th, 2008, 07:16 PM
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Thanks-that is good info and I appreciate it!! I am taking a Lumix for the water also, but otherwise will use a Canon SLR. Thanks again!
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Jan 16th, 2009, 07:21 AM
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Jan 16th, 2009, 10:41 AM
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Missed these first time. Some great pictures, and how lucky were you with sightings!
LV looks awesome, luxury without being over the top.
You inspired me to a new game, birdwatching through shared albums, your total was 19, with only 1 bird I was unsure of.
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Jan 16th, 2009, 01:16 PM
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Thanks Matt.

Funny I took a quick look at my pics. just now and fell in love with LV again. It's an absolute favorite - excellant guiding, diverse wildlife and a beautiful camp. being on the water makes it that more special.

I went into LV as a neutral bird person and came out as a bird lover.
Due to good guiding and co operative birds we were able to get incredibly close to many of them. It helped that our guide Kay was well versed in all aspects of wildlife.

Which bird was it that you couldn't ID?
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Jan 17th, 2009, 05:16 PM
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I think it's a Tawny Eagle, but I was identifying from memory without access to my field guide.
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Mar 28th, 2009, 03:15 PM
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Apr 11th, 2009, 07:19 PM
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cybor's trip report is here:
http://www.fodors.com/community/afri...d-zimbabwe.cfm

Africa is not my thing but many of your photos are spectacular.
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Apr 11th, 2009, 08:10 PM
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So fantastic to see your photos and read your report (which I'm anticipating-- haven't clicked on it yet!) We'll be traveling through Botswana, Namibia and Zim come October. It's been 5 years since our first trip (Botswana) and I'm so happy to be going back!
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Apr 17th, 2009, 04:03 AM
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Many thanks for taking the time to have a peek.
Glad you liked.
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