Peter Connan

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  1. Spring in Slovenia seems worth a visit! Great photos.
  2. Truly inspiring photography throughout, my congratulations on a magnificent effort!
  3. This route does not pass through Upington, and thus reduces trip distance by about 120km. The time quoted is JHB-Twee Rivieren. I would buy provisions in JHB before leaving. But you can also shop and stay over in Vryburg. Look at Red Sands Country Lodge. The reason the Van Zylsrus road is often avoided is that is a dirt road, and is said to cause punctures or blow-outs. However, i have not had one on that road, nor seen anyone with a puncture on that road, and the road is actually generally better than the roads inside the Kgalagadi. However, having said that, and irrispective of the route chosen, please be very carefull while in Kuruman. Several people i know have been robbed there.
  4. Words fail me. Thank you for all the overloads, and all the other photos too!
  5. As you say, flights to Upington are crazy expensive. Driving from JHB can easily be done in about 9 hours if driving over Van Zylsrus. Lots of people will warn you against this road, but you need not be concerned, this road is well maintained. You definately don't need a 4x4, the Avanza will be fine.
  6. Definately roll down the window, but don't hang out the window. It is fine if the lens protrudes through the window though, and most people will use some form of window rest.
  7. Indeed a worthy cover image!
  8. A very good interim solution @Geoff. Stunning photos!
  9. After a comment like that, you have to show us a picture @Geoff!
  10. Stunning sightings so far! The sunbird is a White-breasted.
  11. What an incredible series @Dave Williams
  12. Also, the front element of a decent lens is usually treated to be much tougher than a filter.
  13. You definately win Nathan! Stunning shots of a magnificent little bird!
  14. Thank you very much @Soukousand @TonyQ.
  15. And so the time has come for me to play out my hand. I actually think the Pygmy Kingfisher is the prettiest of the Southern African Kingfishers, but I have yet to capture one suitably. The Half-collared is about just as pretty, but again, I don't have any good photos of it. And so I leave you with Malachite Kingfisher Overload... Strangely enough, all these photos were taken at just one venue, over a period of 4 years. I have seen them elsewhere, but not close enough for good photography.
  16. Lovely sightings on that night drive!
  17. Jip, wonderful trip indeed!
  18. Stunning shot @Dave Williams Woodlands Kingfisher from Marakele:
  19. And so, it has come to this: The Kingfishers. Shall we start with the non-fishing Kingfishers? The Brown-hooded:
  20. Indeed, Friday bears are very handsome!
  21. Wow, those first two are stunning!
  22. Thank you @lmSA84
  23. After reviewing my effort from last year, two things became glaringly obvious. Firstly, I don't travel enough, and am not observant enough to post a challenging total. But more worryingly, the standard of my bird photography has been declining. As a result, this year I have been trying to focus more on quality than on quantity. Thus, this year my total will be even lower than last year. Only problem is, I am not entirely sure how to define quality. I geuss mainly my intention is not to post any EBC-type shots, but if I happen across a sufficiently rare bird, I may just break that resolution. Birds will be posted in approximate order of first spotting, but if I already have a better photo from later in the year, I will post that instead, and if I onbly have a bad photo, I may hold back on that bird, and post it later. Thus, this thread will not be in cronologial order, but I will leave the EXIF in place for verification of time and date. Anyway, enough waffling, let's get started. 1) Ant-eating Chat Swartpiek Myrmecocichla formicivora Rietvlei Nature Reserve, 14 January Wolfsnes, Etosha, 13 April
  24. I (the king of procrastination) personally tend to leave things to "the very last minute". Typically, the industry I work in closes down over December, but one is never quite sure of the dates more than a few months before the time, and this makes planning rather difficult. A large part of the problem is that my wife doesn't handle heat very well, and in southern Africa, heat in December is pretty much a given. Furthermore, I just can't get my head around planning two hoildays at the same time. One has to be finished before the dreaming for the next one starts. The result is that I tend to plan no more than about 9 months in advance. However, I have managed to "break out of the cycle", at least temporarily, with a trip to Namibia coming up shortly. However, the other day a friend of mine dropped a bomb on me by sending me an invitation to what looked like a fabulous trip. Unfortunately, it fell on almost exactly the same dates as my Namibian trip, and I had to decline. Since he also already had a trip planned for the same dates, he just went ahead and organised a similar trip for 2018, and then re-invited me. I just couldn't say no again, so I started begging my wife. She, to my surprise, said yes within the hour. So then I bragged to my friend @@xelas, and the next moment he almost begged to be allowed to come along. So here's what the three of us are doing in March next year (copied from the brochure): " Please have a look at map… our Goals are as follow: A – Starting the EXPEDITION in Mahalapye at 12h00, our first goal will be to track and follow the Route used by the old Explorers like David Livingstone to navigate the pans to the Zambezi. B – To do the almost 200km of the 19:20 cutline named line X. C – After the Selinda Track (Linking Moremi with Seronga), we will explore a new cut line on the border with the Caprivi in extreme Northern area of Botswana. (Rated to have the toughest sand roads in Botswana) D – From our Old Camp “Nuka” on the “Corni” cut line to travel to Gcwihaba Hills, the home of Drostky’s Cave – The World of the lost city of the Kalahari. " This is primarily a 4x4 expedition, rather than a traditional game-viewing safari, and it breaks with my normal holiday habits in several important ways: 1) This is a guided trip. I have never used a guide before. 2) It looks as if we will be driving pretty much every day. I tend to prefer staying at least two days in any one area. 3) The trip is partially catered. Normally, we self-cater all the way along. 4) There will in almost all cases be no facilities whatsoever at the campsites, which will almost all be informal. What makes it a little more challenging is that no trailers are allowed, nor "complicated tents" (I am currently unsure what that means). On the other hand, it promises plenty of time for five of my favorite pastimes, spending time with my wife, spending time with good friends (there will be 10 vehicles excluding the guide, almost all guys who I have travelled and camped with before), 4x4ing, photography and exploring new areas. And since we will be travelling through a number of areas where tourists seldom go, the "exploring" might be much closer to an absolute truth than is normally the case (although the areas will obviously never be completely new and un-travelled), and conjures up visions of mile upon mile of twisty little two-spoor. As you can no doubt tell, I am immencely excited about this trip!
  25. The raptor you are struggling with above is a mature Pale Chanting Goshawk. Thanks for takin gme back!

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