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  1. Well done on reaching 350- a great achievement. And I would expect you to take full advantage of the local park
  2. @mtanenbaum Have a wonderful trip. I presume CHEX is the habituation experience. We went to Kibale about 12 years ago- no habituation experience then, and camera technology much less advanced. As you say, the light in the forest will be difficult, and part of the difficulty is that it can be very variable. Sometimes it is very dark, by you can also get patches of bright sun. Chimps can move quickly (so you will then need a reasonable shutter speed), and the will move between different levels of light. If you are there for the day then overall brightness will also vary during the day. I think that in some of the dark patches, ISO 1000 will not be high enough to allow a reasonable shutter speed, but in some conditions it might be. You can can use exposure compensation when they are in trees, but the amount needed will depend on if the light is behind the animal or in front of it. I take a guess, check and readjust - sometimes before the animal is in the tree. I would suggest that you will have to change settings if you are following chimps during the day as it is unlikely that one set up will cope with all conditions. My strong recommendation is that every day between now and when you leave, you practice changing the main settings- ISO, shutter speed, aperture and compensation. You don't need to be taking pictures, you just need to be as familiar as posssible with how to change. That lowers the stress of changing in the forest and allows you to enjoy the experience. have a great trip.
  3. Thank you for posting this. Beautiful photos throughout, both landscapes and wildlife.
  4. Have a great trip- please do post a report - I will also be a keen reader
  5. Some nice additions, and passing 350 is a fine achievement! I was also thinking I am unlikely to get any new birds this year - but you have a lovely Robin as a possible final shot. well done on your Nuthatch. It is interesting to see what birds are common or uncommon in different parts of the country.
  6. A fascinating report with lovely photos. Thank you very much for posting.
  7. @michael-ibk Congratulations on reaching 500- a magnificent achievement. A beautiful bird to reach that magic number. It has been a real pleasure seeing this list grow. I really like looking at the scientific names. My latest treat was the Honey Guide - Indicator indicator, an of course the Lesser Honetguide - Indicator minor.
  8. No one has objected to strong opinions being expressed-in favour of trading or those against it . @COSMIC RHINO expressed a view about about traders in elephant parts. In my reading, he expressed his view, he did not attack any poster personally. He is entitled to express that view, just as @douglaswise is entitled to disagree with the view and to express that disagreement. A wide variety of views are expressed here, and I think accusing @Game Warden of favouring those with extreme animal rights agendas is blatantly wrong. I think there should be no place on safaritalk for personal attacks, including those based on the use of English language. I believe that the vast majority of Safaritalkers want a polite forum. I know that if the tone of personal insults becomes common, then I would stop reading and posting.
  9. @Raelond I think you will need to start a new report in Zimbabwe. You only need to put in one post- explain that you have put the report in the Zambia section, and then put the web link to that report, possibly to the page that has the Zambia section. (Then when someone clicks on the link it will take them to the report). You could also put a nice photo to tempt people to click to the report Other people may have a different method but I think this would work.
  10. A wonderful report Michael and Andy. really special encounters with the dogs, the elephants and a fine selection of handsome antelope. I think you scruffy lion is rather handsome. excellent photos throughout and it seems like Doug was the ideal guide. Thank you for posting.
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  12. Great additions to you list . I particularly like the lapwing/plover section. I can see the 500 rapidly approaching!
  13. We are planning to go the Cape Area of South Africa in November 2018. It will be our first trip to South Africa,so we hope to pick some brains It is not a Safari Trip, though we will look at birds throughout, we hope to see some whales, and will see some wildlife at DeHoop. We are planning: Cape Town 4 nights (Blackheath Lodge) Stanford 2 nights (Mosaic Private Sanctuary) De Hoop 3 nights (Equipped Cottage) Near Plettenberg 2 nights (Emily Moon River Lodge) Near Knysna 2 nights (Woodlands) Montagu 1 night (not decided accomodation yet) Franshoek 1 night (not decided accomodation yet) Fly back to UK. Some Questions 1. Can you recommend a good Car Hire company in Cape Town? We will not drive while staying in Cape Town, but will pick up the car and drive for the rest of the trip. 2. Do you need "High Clearance" for the gravel road going to De Hoop, or will an ordinary car be OK? 3. Should we hire a SatNav, or are there Apps available for IPAD that can be used "off-line"? 4. We would like to hire a Birding Guide for one of our days in the CapeTown area. Has anyone used a Birding Guide, and if so do you have any recommendations? 5 Any restaurants you would recommend in Cape Town? Many thanks!
  14. 500- well done. An amazing number, and a lovely bird to achieve it.
  15. Thank you all for a wonderful report. It sounds like you made a good team on safari, and you are certainly a great team when it comes to producing a joint report. You showed us the "many faces" from your different perspectives.

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