Dennis's Kgalagadi Pics

Oct 2nd, 2008, 09:34 AM
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Dennis's Kgalagadi Pics

Aloha,
Here's my pics from Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. September 12-23, 2008

Go to: www.kodakgallery.com/dennisinzambia and click on the Kgalagadi 2008 album. Now on to the trip report.

Enjoy!

Dennis

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Oct 2nd, 2008, 10:43 AM
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Thanks for your photos. Looks like you were at some very interesting camps. Looking forward to your report.

regards - tom
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Oct 2nd, 2008, 12:07 PM
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Nice pics, Dennis! Particularly enjoyed the skink, the wildie and sunrise, the muddy lions, the hornbill (that's a big bug!). Looking forward to the report to go along with these.
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Oct 2nd, 2008, 03:00 PM
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It looks like you had another amazing adventure. I'm looking forward to another entertaining trip report.
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Oct 2nd, 2008, 03:26 PM
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Great photos. Handsome gemsbok, loved the birds in flight, sunset, landscape--was that your first cheetah of the trip or first ever? Either way, looked like a good sighting. Looking forward to the report.
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Oct 2nd, 2008, 04:25 PM
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Much more interesting wildlife than I expected there! I saw the jackals that kept your feet warm. Cool fighting topis or do they call them tsessebe there? Can't wait to learn more.
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Oct 2nd, 2008, 06:52 PM
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Love the pictures, Dennis! You have some great oryx, so many secretary birds (i've only seen a couple without good pictures - and certainly not flying!). Loved the muddy lions, sunsets, bat-eared fox (I've only seen one at night), the bateleur eagle. And the the footsteps in the sand with the grasses is very cool.

Looks like you had a wonderful trip and I look forward to hearing all about it.
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Oct 3rd, 2008, 04:46 AM
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Thanks for posting Dennis - great shots that give a good sense of place.
Were you being guided when you found the lion print and the lions or did you run into them yourselves? If yourselves, good guiding.

I look forward to hearing the stories behind your pictures.

Sherry
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Oct 3rd, 2008, 07:04 AM
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Dennis, I love your photos, especially lioness cleaning herself, the cheetah, heron in flight, bat eared foxes and giraffes.

I'm looking forward to hearing about the trip in detail. How many G & Ts and where, etc.
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Oct 3rd, 2008, 07:46 AM
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GREAT photos, Dennis. Thanks for the memories they brought back to me.

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Oct 3rd, 2008, 11:16 AM
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Thanks for the pictures! Kgalagadi is one of my favourite places so I enjoyed looking.

Liked the Cape Crow and Yellow Mongoose portraits most.

See lots of Cape Cobras?

PS: 127 is a juvenile Greater Kestrel.
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Oct 3rd, 2008, 05:52 PM
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Thanks for the kind words, glad you liked the pics.

cw~first cheetah sighting EVER!

lynn~I thought they were topis, but according to my animal book they are Hartebeest, as the horns have a sharp curve backwards as opposed to straight back or slightly upward. I was hoping they were topi to show Nyamera, but no such luck!

cybor~we found the lion print and the lions by ourselves...no guide. We were the only ones in that part of the park for 2 days, so the tracks were very fresh and easy to spot.

Leely~there was almost a gin catastrophe when my Capital One card was declined at the bottle shop in Upington (and I did call and tell them I would be in S.A.) but luckily I had my ATM card!

Province~only saw 1 cape cobra and it was in a secretary birds mouth. The only other snake we saw was an adder crossing the road, but he/she was too fast for a pic.
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Oct 3rd, 2008, 10:11 PM
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Those are great -- I don't think I saw a living bat-eared fox during the day, but I did see lots at night, and way too many dead ones on the road from Upington.

I didn't see any lions in Kgalagadi -- looks like you saw several.

And I think the giraffes are fairly rare -- a very tough environment to be a giraffe.

I'm visiting a US desert tomorrow, Saguara National Park (I'm in Tucson now), and hope to see some wildlife.
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Oct 4th, 2008, 01:52 PM
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Lovely photos, Dennis! The red hartebeest really are good looking for being hartebeest. The fat gemsboks look good as well. I liked the mongoose close up, the annoying birds and the lions.
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Oct 4th, 2008, 07:03 PM
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Finally had time to view your pics, and they were all GREAT! Great close-ups, you have a good eye for interesting pictures... sunsets, sand, etc. The bird with the bug in it's mouth was excellent... they were all so good, it would be hard to pick the best. But, it looks like you had a good time and saw lots of wildlife. I'm jealous... maybe someday I'll get there. The Gemboks have such unique markings, they are really pretty. Anxious to read your report.
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Oct 5th, 2008, 12:07 AM
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Hi Dennis,

wonderful photos, thanks for sharing. I particularly liked the mongoose and squirrel standoff and the bateared fox with lowered ears. Also some good pictures of camps that will be useful for planning my next African trip.

Look forward to the report,

Pol
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Oct 5th, 2008, 03:42 PM
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Congrats in Cheetah #1! Those baby ostriches were so cute and so short.
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Oct 5th, 2008, 07:54 PM
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Hi Dennis

Really enjoyed your photos - such a variety of wildlife you saw! Loved the birds, also how the jackals seemed to be in so many photos. I also loved the mongoose looking right at you. Aren't the horns of the Hartebeest odd?

Really your very first cheetah? That is amazing!

You did seem to see a lot in a shortish time period in what looks to be pretty hostile environment!

Kind regards

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