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Old Jul 12, 2005, 4:27 PM   #1
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Magnificent animals...
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Old Jul 12, 2005, 4:29 PM   #2
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Neat shots, the first one is technically great, considering what appears to have been a backlight situation, and the elephant is fun to see.
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Old Jul 13, 2005, 1:01 AM   #6
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Nice to see these majestic creatures in the wild
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Hi Andrew - Now you really have got my tongue hanging !!! We're booked in for two weeks at the end of August [@ KNP], can't wait to go, in fact my bro is spending the night with us tonight, a halfway stop on his way to the park. Nice to see some African Wildlife, keep them coming !!



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Old Jul 13, 2005, 10:35 AM   #8
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Well worth it this time of the year - we were very fortunate - saw the "big 5" - Elephants, Buffalo, Rhino, Lion and leopard over a 3 day period. Also saw lots ofdiffrent buck/antelope - including the elusive "klipspringers" (for our non SA friends - small antelope only found in very hilly/rocky areas). If birds are your thing - you have 520 species to look for - we managed ~100 confirmed ids over 4 days - we were only in the south.

The lion pride we saw was at a kill (zebra) about 6m from the road - when we got there the adults had their fill and the cubs were having their share. Was very early morning ~ 06h00 (we went on a sunrise drive with one of the rangers) so the light was not good - found the pride with spot lights - do have some "memories" pics though - same sunrise drive - about an hr later - leopard with a kill in the tree about 5m from the road - 4m up in a tree - learned there a 'hard' lesson - had the perfect framed shot - leopard was standing on his branch - the arch of his back following the branch above him perfectly - beautiful - pressed the shutter - autofocus latched on to the one branch in front - leopard completely out of focus - leopard lies down - now only see his back :sad:. went immediately to manual/selective focus but could not get such a shot again...

So we learn...:-)

Hope you have a wonderful trip - do go one on of the sunrise/sunset drives offered by each of the bigger restcamps - those rangers are very knowledgeable...
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