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#21 Tom Kellie

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Posted 13 August 2015 - 07:27 AM

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Imani's 2015 Cubs

 

Photographed on 26 July, 2015 at 3:28 pm in Masai Mara National Reserve with an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens.

 

ISO 200, 1/640 sec., f/5.6, handheld Manual exposure.

 

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After initially hearing and then spotting Imani in a remote area of tall grass, we stopped, unknowingly beside a freshly killed adult male Thomson's gazelle where four cubs were hidden.

 

With time they emerged, following their mother with leaps and bounds. They were within less than three meters of the camera lens, pushing it to the limit of its minimum focussing distance.

 

At the time it struck us as a rare sighting, given the isolated location and lack of other vehicles. After returning and learning Imani's identity, I feel that we were especially fortunate.


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Posted 13 August 2015 - 02:13 PM

What beautiful cheetah cubs they are @Tom Kellie. I really hope the Cubs can survive and that the Rangers will be strict in stopping any harassment from humans. The cheetahs need all the help they can get to survive as a species.
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Posted 13 August 2015 - 04:00 PM

Oh what a beauty Tom!

 

I just love their expressions, and the tip of Imani's tail. Great photo, thanks for sharing it with us.


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Posted 23 August 2015 - 08:13 PM

Tom your cubs are so cute, and it's great to have them calm and attentive, they are always on the move.

 

Our latest sightings were awesome. on the way back from SandaÏ to Nairobi airport, we crossed Aberdare NP, a shortcut much more exciting than the long tarmac road.

Most of our friends were there: a leopard with a strange smile, a giant forest hog, sykes,colobus....

Bongos and black cats were missing  maybe next time?   Aberdare are so addictive, and Sandai so friendly .

 

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Michael, Petra is ready to welcome you  back  with great pleasure  .


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Posted 23 August 2015 - 08:25 PM

~ @Ben mosquito

 

TERRIFIC images !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

How were you able to obtain such superb photographs?

 

Thank you so much for posting these in Latest Sightings.

 

They're certainly remarkable!

 

Tom K.


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Posted 23 August 2015 - 09:26 PM

That forest hog is impressive @Ben mosquito
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Posted 24 August 2015 - 03:40 PM

Wow, the Aberdares really delivered for you! Leopard and Giant Forest Hog, fantastic. Well, if Petra is ready, then I surely must return soon. :)


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Posted 02 September 2015 - 01:28 AM

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Sighting in Progress

 

~ Photographed on 21 July, 2015 at 1:13 pm in Meru National Park, Kenya, with a Sony RX1 R camera.

 

ISO 100, f/8, 1/160 sec., 35mm focal length, handheld Automatic exposure.

 

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We'd had lunch at the Hippo Pool, and were continuing on our way, passing an unprecedented number of separate Lesser Kudu groups.

 

While pausing to admire a Reticulated Giraffe, ZHU Jinjie — 祝锦杰 — used my camera to show an older professor ‘at work’...or so he'd like to claim!

 

I like this image as it provides a fairly accurate sense of what it's like to be standing in the Toyota safari van, enjoying wildlife observation.

 


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Posted 10 September 2015 - 01:12 PM

Let's see your latest sightings: images for inclusing in the Latest sightings gallery of the new Safaritalk magazine.

 

Please upload you low res images here and then I'll contact you via PM to arrange the large res images.

 

Many thanks, Matt.


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Posted 28 September 2015 - 09:30 PM

~ Have there been no recent sightings?

 

This is a great thread, as it shows what's most recent, rather than waiting for a trip report to be written.

 

Does anyone have recent sightings from around their bailiwick?

 

If all goes well, I hope to bring back an image or two from this week's Sabi Sands safari for posting here.

 

I hope that when I return from South Africa others might have posted one of their recent sightings here.

 

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Posted 07 October 2015 - 04:26 PM

Here They Come!.JPG

 

Here They Come!

 

Photographed on 1 October, 2015 at 6:50 pm in Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve, Sabi Sands, South Africa with a Sony RX1 R camera.

 

ISO 3,200, 1/80 sec., f/4, 35mm focal length, manual focus, handheld Automatic exposure.

 

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~ The frequency of African Wild Dog sightings throughout the safari at Leopard Hills in Sabi Sands exceeded anything expected. They popped up everywhere, both adults and pups.

 

This image was taken near sundown, when another group of wild dogs appeared, running past the vehicle, intent on their mission.

 

My appreciation of wild dogs went up and up with each sighting, even when their characteristic odor was potent, due to their proximity.


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Posted 07 October 2015 - 04:45 PM

Wonderful to have a shot fresh from your current trip! I like the way the lower light level softens this image. 


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Posted 07 October 2015 - 05:06 PM

Wonderful to have a shot fresh from your current trip! I like the way the lower light level softens this image. 

 

~ @fictionauthor

 

Thank you for such a kind comment.

 

Your warm appreciation, as well as the comment of @Kitsafari, inspires me to post yet another Leopard Hills wild dog image.

 

What may be noted about the several African Wild Dog images I've posted tonight is that they occurred on separate days, reflecting the ease of sighting them.

 

Tom K.

 

 

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Wild Dogs at a Hippo Pool

 

Photographed on 3 October, 2015 at 6:12 pm in Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve, Sabi Sands, South Africa with a Sony RX1 R camera.

 

ISO 100, 1/80 sec., f/6.3, 35mm focal length, manual focus, handheld Automatic exposure.

 

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~ We were headed out on the afternoon game drive for what would be the single most spectacular sighting and action of this week's Leopard Hills safari, although we had no idea what awaited us.

 

Turning a corner, the wild dog pups! They surprised us as they were in an entirely different area than where we'd observed them on previous days. As ever, the pups played together and lazed about.

 

They seemed like old friends, as we had seen them so many times. In the photograph one of the hippos is visible. Every time it made a loud bellow the pups stopped and looked towards it. Fun!


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Posted 07 October 2015 - 06:08 PM

Wow @Tom Kellie, wild dog on your first day! Wonderful.
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Posted 08 October 2015 - 03:34 AM

@Tom Kellie thank you for this wonderful panorama with so many Wild Dogs (and the hippo). I imagine it was especially delightful because it was a surprise as you turned the corner. I hope tomorrow is another fantastic day of sightings!


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Posted 23 November 2015 - 05:15 PM

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Nightfall Drongo

 
Photographed at 5:49 pm on 1 October, 2015 in Leopard Hills, Sabi Sands, South Africa, using an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 200mm f/2.8L II telephoto lens.
 
ISO 640, 1/1250 sec., f/2.8, 200mm focal length, handheld Manual exposure.
 
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Throughout every safari drongos have been a reliable indicator of a lively local ecosystem. Whenever I've spotted drongos, invariably there are larger mammal species nearby.
 
During my first-ever South African game drive, my heart leaped to see this drongo, instinctively sensing that it was a harbinger of fine larger game sightings, which turned out to be the case.

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Posted 27 January 2016 - 04:47 PM

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Flap-necked Chameleon

 
Photographed at 8:25 am on 25 January, 2016 at Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve, Sabi Sands, South Africa, using an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens.
 
ISO 320, 1/1600 sec., f/2.8, 400mm focal length, handheld Manual exposure.
 
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A surprising feature of my 9-day/8-night stay in Leopard Hills was the prevalence of flap-necked chameleon sightings, both in bushes beside the tracks and in the dust crossing tracks where they might easily be injured.
 
This chameleon was striding through the dust, it's light green coloration like a freshly fallen leaf. While photographing it, the eye moved about in the socket, looking over the surroundings with what must be an extraordinary sort of visual experience.

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Posted 28 January 2016 - 03:56 PM

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Black-crowned Night Heron and the Moon

 

Photographed at 6:56 pm on 26 January, 2016 at Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve, Sabi Sands, South Africa, using an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens.
 
ISO 2,000, 1/320 sec., f/2.8, 400mm focal length, handheld Manual exposure.
 
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Nycticorax nycticorax is a species found in both China and South Africa. An assiduous hunter of all small denizens of shallow water, black-crowned night herons may be observed at water's edge or perched above to obtain a sweeping vantage.
 
When this night heron flew from a small dam to the top of a tall bush, it perched in the line of sight to the full Moon, as shown in this image, taken beside the Sand River.

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Posted 28 January 2016 - 05:55 PM

Lovely Tom!


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Posted 09 February 2016 - 11:19 AM

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Two Leopards

 

Photographed on 2 February, 2016 at 6:37 pm in Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Kenya with an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens.

 

ISO 25,600, 1/800 sec., f/2.8, handheld Manual exposure.

 

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We parked for a ‘sundowner’ in the midst of a narrow protrusion forming an oxbow in the Ntiaktiak River. In a large fig tree growing up from the ground was a leopard resting near an impala kill.

 

On the ground below was it's mother, Nootare, and a sibling. The camera settings were adjusted for the dusk and tree shade conditions, to show Nootare and one of her two cubs.

 

It was an especially pleasing sighting as hippos were in the river, hyenas nearby and numerous birds calling with the coming of evening's darkness.


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