Cheetah photos from Lebala

Old Oct 24th, 2008, 08:50 AM
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Cheetah photos from Lebala

http://www.pbase.com/haris_7/lebala_october_2008

Hi! Sorry for the delay with the pics ....... here is a selection of memories from my recent safari. It's heavily biased towards cheetah. Haven't even looked at some of my other flash cards as yet....... sorry, if it's too one dimensional and boring.

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Old Oct 24th, 2008, 10:07 AM
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Hari,

Thanks for sharing those.

Nice to see Spencer is still looking strong.

We all know you like cheetah so that's what you were looking for and you came up with some beautiful pictures.

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Old Oct 24th, 2008, 10:41 AM
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Wow, Hari, that's a truly fantastic collection. Absolutely bloody marvellous!
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Old Oct 24th, 2008, 11:38 AM
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Hari, those photos are fantastic. The cheetah are superb -- great shots.

The 1st pic of the pangolin reminds me of an artichoke.
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Old Oct 24th, 2008, 11:42 AM
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Stunning!!!
My, how lucky you are to have seen such wonderful sightings!
Thanks for sharing!

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Old Oct 24th, 2008, 11:52 AM
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Great shots, Hari!
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Old Oct 24th, 2008, 01:32 PM
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This must be the year of Pangolin. Glad you also saw one.
Also glad that you saw your beloved cheetahs.
Great shots.
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Old Oct 24th, 2008, 07:09 PM
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Dear All,

Thanks a lot for your kind words - Appreciate it!!!

Johan - Indeed, he is looking strong and was in prime form

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Hari
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Old Oct 24th, 2008, 08:15 PM
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This has to be one of your prize galleries. The stretch is one of my favorites. Fascinating interaction with the males courting the female and cub. Beautiful light on the cats, beautiful dogs in the water, even cheetahs in the sunset. And of course the pangolin shot.

Cheetahs are never boring and all your shots are different poses, etc.
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Old Oct 24th, 2008, 10:41 PM
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Lovely photos. Cheetah could never be boring!
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Old Oct 25th, 2008, 09:47 AM
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Nothing wrong with a gallery full of cheetahs ... especially when they're so beautifully portrayed in so many interesting poses. You really just about covered the bases! Great stuff.
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Old Oct 25th, 2008, 07:41 PM
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Thank You all very much!!!
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Old Oct 26th, 2008, 04:30 AM
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thank you for sharing HariS !!

Cheetahs are also our favourites.
I showed them to my son and now he also wants to go to Lebala Camp.
Was that concentration of cheetah and leopard more or less expected in that area or was it just a matter of luck ? Would you suggest to go there or maybe also to some other places as per your experience ? thank you !!
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Old Oct 26th, 2008, 06:27 PM
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Lovely photos Hari - cheetah, leopard, dogs and a pangolin - what a great gallery.

Thanks for sharing,

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Old Oct 26th, 2008, 08:31 PM
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Hi Hari

What a wonderful selection of photos, no need to be sorry regarding the volume of cheetahs! John's Pan looks a pretty place.

Certainly looks as if you got your fill of cheetah - maybe the 3 new guys will learn the art of cheetah posing as they mature!

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Old Oct 26th, 2008, 08:32 PM
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First of all, Thank You all for the kind words RE the pictures ........

Fabio,

I think I had lots of luck. Lebala is good for cheetah - but, the numbers that I was lucky with has to do with the predator dynamics in recent times. The Lion and Hyenas being the stronger predators weren't around in high concentrations. This could be one of the reasons. Also, the area until recently, had a very dominant male coalition that roamed a wide area and held territory. They have been displaced recently ...... this is also allowing for some new males to be popping up trying to get a strangle hold on the area.

Cheetah viewing like any other species is a combination of luck, good guiding and most importantly, Tracking ........... For example, in June 2007 I spent 10 days and didn't see any cheetah.

Leopard - they are more territorial and the chances are the guides find them in the morning drives pretty regularly.

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Old Oct 26th, 2008, 08:38 PM
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Hi Kaye,

Thanks a lot!!! Yes, I'm hoping they get more photogenic. The old coalition that was dominant in the area until recently, were the absolute best!!! Those old boys were also absolutely ruthless hunters!!!

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Old Oct 27th, 2008, 03:05 AM
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Hi Hari
With your interest in cheetahs, have you checked out this site
www.tanzaniacarnivores.org/
I don't know whether you travel to Tanzania in your cheetah search but it is quite interesting to read their cheetah reports and updates.
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Old Oct 27th, 2008, 04:44 AM
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Hi Twaffle,

Thanks so much - I didn't know about this website before. Will look at it in depth when I get some time later in the week. I hope to get to Tanzania one of these years. Have always been very keen on Southern Serengeti and Ruaha in Southern Tanzania.

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Old Oct 27th, 2008, 04:46 AM
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Thanks for the link, Twaffle.

How long was this Lebala trip, Hari?
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