June 2011: A Flood of Wild Dog Pups

Jul 2nd, 2011, 08:09 AM
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The quality of your bird pictures live up to a bird screen name. Such vibrant colors you captured.

The wild dog pup with the tail in its mouth is just precious. It is not easy to get several wild dog pups to cooperate for a photo, but you did.

Where was the cheetah?

Terrific album!
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Jul 2nd, 2011, 10:29 AM
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atravelynn, thanks! Wish I could take credit, but it was my better half who is the "real" photographer. He loves the challenge of photographing birds, especially the small flitty ones! Although after this trip I think he found a new love...photographing wild dog pups!

The cheetah was at Phinda. Although it had an injured paw, it put on quite a show for us. The grass was so tall it had to go bounding above it in order to see what it was chasing. That is one of my favorite trip memories and fortunately I was able to catch it on video.

Sigh, I miss the game drives...
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Jul 5th, 2011, 10:25 AM
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So funny to realize now what I didn't know a couple of weeks ago. Even more exciting as I will also be in Dulini in Sept. Looks like there will be quite a few of us Fodorites in SA this Sept. I hope we get to see your wild dogs! Oh my, I can't wait! I'm going to go look at your photos AGAIN! Good thing digital doesn't wear out! lol
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Jul 6th, 2011, 02:17 PM
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Some sad news out of Ngala...only 3 of the 12 African Wild Dog pups survived an attack by lions.

http://www.wildwatch.com/sightings/s...dog-den-update

I know it's part of the circle of life in Africa, but I am so bummed about this news. They were only 4 weeks old when we saw them on June 13. It makes our photos and videos of them that much more precious.

cristeen, it sounds like the alpha female moved the surviving 3 pups to a different den on Ngala property. Hopefully they'll still be there when you arrive. I'll keep my fingers crossed.
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Jul 6th, 2011, 03:03 PM
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Oh that is so sad. I sure hope the remaining pups survive. I guess the lions are back and making a stand.
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Jul 6th, 2011, 04:57 PM
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I'll have to check out your video on the cheetah. At least some pups survived. There is brutality along with the beauty.
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Jul 7th, 2011, 04:06 AM
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Sometimes too much research is not good...I think I would have been better off not knowing. At least we'll have a distraction...leaving Friday for New Brunswick, hopefully to see puffins and whales.
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Jul 7th, 2011, 04:28 AM
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Have a great trip to New Brunswick. Of course, we'll be expecting some great pics! I'd love to see puffins.
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Jul 7th, 2011, 05:30 AM
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ovenbird, have you been to/are you going to Machias Seal Island? It's Puffin Heaven.
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Jul 7th, 2011, 06:04 AM
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DonTopaz, we are going to Machias Seal Island and are hoping to see Puffin Heaven! We'll be staying on Grand Manan and will also be doing a whale watch outing. We were there the first week in Aug last year but the weather was bad (fog, wind and rain...triple whammy!) The boat missed going out 3 days in a row, quite unusual. So we're giving it another go!

cristeen, Dave isn't taking his camera but I will have my little p&s. The photos won't be as good as his, maybe just memory shots. But I hope to get some video footage too. It'll be great to see puffins somewhere other than in a zoo!
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Jul 9th, 2011, 07:41 AM
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Nice videos, that jumping cheetah seemed to be impersonating a gazelle.
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Jul 9th, 2011, 09:42 AM
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ovenbird, I hope you have as great a time on Grand Manan as I did. (Getting there and back wasn't so much fun, but being there is a blast!)

Here are some photos I scanned in (quality has suffered for all sorts of reasons, but still): https://picasaweb.google.com/dtopaz/Puffins

By the way, Grand Manan Island is actually disputed territory, claimed by both the U.S. and Canada.
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Jul 10th, 2011, 11:23 AM
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ovenbird-Hope you are having a great time in Grand Manan!
I was reading through the wildwatch.com
Looks like I may miss the dogs in Exeter, too.
Oh well. At least it seems they are all well.
http://www.wildwatch.com/sightings/a...-and-an-honour
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Jul 14th, 2011, 05:29 AM
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Good news! This was posted on Kirkman's Facebook page this morning.
"Kirkman's Kamp Private Game Reserve
another amazing morning at Kirkmans Kamp_ found the southern pride ( lions ) with 12 cubs. Procided another 500 meters and located a pack of wild dogs with their 6 pups. absolutly amazing to have the wild dogs back on the property."
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Jul 18th, 2011, 06:57 AM
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cristeen, great news re: Kirkman's wild dog pups. Hope that increases chances of seeing some. Only 2 more months! We had a great time in Grand Manan...thanks to some good weather. Last year the boat couldn't go out for 3 days, so we missed our 2 outings.

DonTopaz, you were absolutely correct about Machais Seal Island...Puffin Heaven! What amazing photo opportunities...loved hearing the puffins land on top of the hides and scamper across the roof! Whale watching off of Grand Manan wasn't too shabby either...got to see more than 25 Fin Whales, some Minkes and the biggest surprise, a Northern Right Whale.

Some pics are posted at http://www.flickr.com/photos/2154217...7627222999404/ . Videos will take a while longer...they need lots of editing.
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Jul 18th, 2011, 08:52 AM
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Suddenly we're in Canada. Great puffins!
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Jul 18th, 2011, 10:33 AM
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ovenbird-Great puffin shots!! Love the one looking straight into the lens. Glad you had so many successful sightings. Sounds like a wonderful time.
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Jul 18th, 2011, 10:47 AM
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Oh, my! Great photos, ovenbird! (And sorry for getting confused a few posts ago between Gr Manan & Machias Seal Islnds.)
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Jul 20th, 2011, 11:39 AM
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Unless Kruger has just had a wild dog explosion, the sighting at Kirkmans is almost certainly in respect of a den just inside the Kruger between Sabi Sands at Skukuza. My daughter just saw the six adults (but not the pups) near Skukuza.
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Jul 20th, 2011, 02:41 PM
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Got around to processing the videos and uploaded them at http://www.vimeo.com/album/1648612/format:video .

atravelynn, thanks! If you ever have a hankering for puffins and whales, this was a fun trip.

cristeen, thanks! Got your message on safaritalk and might try to post a gallery for South Africa. Not so sure about the puffins...a little off topic?

DonTopaz, thanks! Looks like we might have seen the same puffins!
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