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Kalahari or Kgalagadi - as it is called

  
 
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Congratulations to kdacharya for winning Feature Thread of the Week with 13 votes - View Previous Winners


I was lucky to spend some time this summer (winter there) in the South African part of the Kalahari.
"Kalahari is derived from the Tswana word Kgala, meaning "the great thirst", or Kgalagadi, meaning "a waterless place";[1] the Kalahari has vast areas covered by red sand without any permanent surface water." courtesy Wikipedia.
The salient parts of the trip:
- Awesome people, made a lot of great friends, to mention a few: Peter Mullinex, Pieter and Cindey Jordaan, Steve Hughes, Mr. and Mrs. Conradie, Cristo, sorry if I missed anyone.
- Amazing light, with insane sunsets
- Unbelieve wildlife and natural behavior
- Very remote location, hence clean air and no light pollution
- Was able to stand in 3 countries at the same time.
- Winter temperatures dipped to 32 degrees F and below
- Significant rainfall during the months prior to our visit, so the grasses where very plentiful and tall.
Would I go there again? In a heartbeat
thanks Subrat bro, for arranging and coordinating everything and most of all for driving the entire time
Just some other items:
the Kalahari lions are bigger and more beautiful than their counterparts in other places, golden fur, bigger and males have amazing manes. The interaction and natural behavior of various species, swarms, herds, predator and prey, is at the most primal level and was amazing to witness.







1- the Kalahari lions are majestic, with golden fur and awesome manes

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2- meerkat portrait - more of the meerkat story in the next post

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3 - full frame Kalahari male lion. look closely to see the small cavity/dent in the tooth and saliva

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4- red billed queleas in golden light

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5 - Kalahari sunset

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6- cheetah feeding on springbok

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7- black backed jackal jumping over the water so as not to get its feet wet

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8- oryx line up in golden light

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9 - pale chanting goshawk

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10- swallow tailed bee eater

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11- Ostrich conga line

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12 - springboks doing what they do, springing.

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Jul 16, 2022 at 11:39 AM
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13- sociable weaver

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14 - springbok in good light.

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15 - the leopard look

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16 - curious meerkat

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17- you pick your right foot up and you do the slide - secretary bird.

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18 - Sand Grouse - more later about their water collecting behavior

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Jul 16, 2022 at 11:40 AM
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KD - High quality work, as we have come to expect from you. The very first image of the lion stands out for me. What a majestic dude.


Jul 16, 2022 at 11:46 AM
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Beautifully captured adventure !!!


Jul 16, 2022 at 12:15 PM
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Beautiful KD... the flock of birds is very nicely captured. Love... Love it!! Voted ..


Jul 16, 2022 at 12:58 PM
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Fantastic shots and also appreciate the notable points from your trip. Thanks!


Jul 16, 2022 at 01:22 PM
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KD ! WOW - I was hoping you were going to post some images soon. It's been awhile since you have posted and all I can say is, it was worth the wait. Loved every one of these images. What a fantastic trip, great job (as always). I'm already looking forward to the meerkat story in your next post. YGMY !

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Jul 16, 2022 at 01:42 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Kalahari or Kgalagadi - as it is called


You got some great shots on your trip. Thanks for posting them.
I look forward to seeing the next batch.

Dave



Jul 16, 2022 at 01:54 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Kalahari or Kgalagadi - as it is called


All beautiful shots...I really like 3...thanks for the information as well


Jul 16, 2022 at 02:41 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Kalahari or Kgalagadi - as it is called


First class set all the way through. That looks and sounds like the trip of a lifetime for someone like me. Congrats on your good fortune and these beautiful images. Voted

John



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Hi KD...

Such beautiful photographs of such a wide range of wild life from such a skilled photographer. #4, #6 and #15 are standouts for me, but all have earned my vote.

Tom



Jul 16, 2022 at 03:18 PM
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Beautiful series of images, KD.

Gero



Jul 16, 2022 at 05:28 PM
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Rajan Parrikar wrote:
KD - High quality work, as we have come to expect from you. The very first image of the lion stands out for me. What a majestic dude.

thanks Rajan. Indeed the Kalahari lion is an awesome specimen




Jul 16, 2022 at 05:46 PM
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I was wondering how you stand in three countries at the same time with just two feet, then I thought that one foo could be standing across the boundary between two, and the other in the third (yes, I'm a nerd).

Beautiful images!



Jul 16, 2022 at 06:44 PM
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Tony Ross wrote:
I was wondering how you stand in three countries at the same time with just two feet, then I thought that one foo could be standing across the boundary between two, and the other in the third (yes, I'm a nerd).

Beautiful images!


haha Tony, good thoughts. However all the 3 countries, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa, meet at 1 point called the Union's End and you can actually have 1 foot in all the 3 countries at the same time.
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Jul 16, 2022 at 07:13 PM
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Superb set KD. The first and 15 are my top picks

Morris



Jul 16, 2022 at 07:34 PM
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What an experience and what tremendous photos you brought back. Love your Goshawk.
Gary



Jul 16, 2022 at 08:30 PM
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Lovely images, KD. Great variety.

Shibu



Jul 16, 2022 at 09:46 PM
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Lovely sets of images and great info my friend !
Hard to pick a favorite

Ronny



Jul 17, 2022 at 01:02 AM
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roadapple wrote:
Beautifully captured adventure !!!


thanks so much roadapple. this was a totally different trip than those previously taken by me, and it was so much fun



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