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Aug 12th, 2011, 01:12 PM
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Your photos were a delight! Especially how you captured the leopard being chased by the lion, the 2 lions chasing off that young lion and the absolute best photo, a desktop for sure!, was the giraffes at sunset.

Oh how I need to go back!
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Aug 12th, 2011, 02:03 PM
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Great river crossing shots. The leopard in the tree is wonderful. I was thinking how exuberant Dang looked in all the photos and the eagle imitation captured that exuberance perfectly. Wonderful.
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Aug 12th, 2011, 02:41 PM
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Well Pook, you have taken us on some of your other wonderful adventures, but this one was enthralling!. I read from the beginning to the end, then looked at your fabulous photos. Your leaping leopard series was amazing. What a lifelong memory for you both.

I believe though that I wouldn't have slept a wink, knowing that all kinds of wildlife was just the other side of the canvas tent wall. Also, I think I'd have been a bit of a baby about getting so close to the lions, leopards and rhinos.

Thank you for sharing with us your excellent narrative and great photography. Where to next?

Vince and I are off to the U.K. in a couple of weeks, hope all the mayhem there has ended by then.
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Aug 12th, 2011, 05:34 PM
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Great photos Pook. Loved the leaping leopard too. The A380 looked good too!
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Aug 12th, 2011, 06:45 PM
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I am following and enjoying also.

very good camera work on those pictures
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Aug 12th, 2011, 07:00 PM
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You have some spectacular images and have given us such a great trip report. The giraffes in the sunset is outstanding. Thanks!
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Aug 13th, 2011, 04:33 AM
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Thanks everyone for your kind comments. We really enjoyed our trip and perhaps in a year or two we will return to Kenya and perhaps Tanzania as well. Now it's time to edit all the videos that my wife took and that should take me a couple of weeks but it will be fun seeing everything again.
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Aug 13th, 2011, 11:46 AM
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Lovely photo gallery! Thanks so much for sharing.
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Aug 13th, 2011, 05:42 PM
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Thanks Leely2!
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Aug 13th, 2011, 06:07 PM
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Giraffes against the sunset ...what a lovely shot.

Yep , Dang, you did that flying Eagle spread pretty good
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Aug 13th, 2011, 06:21 PM
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I leave for Kenya & TZ in 17 days - and your excellent report has made me even more excited about the trip. Too bad about the unruly crowd at the crossing, however. The photos are wonderful - nice to see the camps and traveler, as well as the animals.
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Aug 13th, 2011, 06:43 PM
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Thanks Percy and PA_Kathy have a great trip!
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Aug 14th, 2011, 08:18 AM
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Your pics are great... best to me was chui flying thru the branches. WOW! Oh, and those crocs feasting on wildies and zebra, amazing.
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Aug 14th, 2011, 05:20 PM
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Thanks Sandi.
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Aug 14th, 2011, 08:05 PM
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the most fantastic and unreal photos!!! i can't wait to look at them again..
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Aug 14th, 2011, 09:44 PM
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Thanks Bob and I'm glad that you like the report and pictures.
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Aug 15th, 2011, 07:10 PM
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Wonderful pictures, Pook. Brings back memories of our safari last year in the Mara. I am particularly impressed you picked Sala's camp which is off the beaten path but paid off in terms of wildlife sightings for you, both wildebeests in huge concentrations and encounters in isolation. I have noted this place for the future.
The quality of your pictures is really good- that too with "only" a 70-200 lens, although yours looks like a fixed 2.8, which is really fast. I guess with a teleconvertor you are really in business.
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Aug 15th, 2011, 08:15 PM
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You'll be on the trip again as you edit your video.
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Aug 15th, 2011, 11:55 PM
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Thank you AKR1. I remember reading your trip report for Kenya and Tanzania along with other trip reports dating back 5 years and it helped me plan our trip.

I first noticed Sala's camp from looking at a map of the Masai Mara with the different camp location and then read that Sandi had been there and consulted with her for advice via Tripadvisor. Sandi was the one who recommended to me to do Sala first then follow that up with the Mara Explorer. Worked out perfectly for us.

My 70 - 200 f2.8 with the 2x extender equate to a 140 - 400 f5.6 so not too fast! The autofocus was slowed down because of the extender as well so for my next trip instead of trying to save money with an extender I will get the 100 - 400 f4. Still had a lot of fun with the equipment I had!

atravelynn,

You're so right and I'm reliving our trip through the video. Hearing the lions roar or fight, the leopard up in the tree, the zebras calling out to each other across the river and the constant grunting of the wildebeests.
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Aug 16th, 2011, 05:32 AM
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WOW!!!

Grate trip report and photos. What an adventure...too bad fellow mankind had to spoil it at times, but you sure saw a lot of animals. Thanks for sharing.
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