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Kgalagadi trip

Kgalagadi trip

Postby Blet » Mon Oct 03, 2011 11:00 pm

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After 3 nights of intensive searching, we found this oke a few metres from our tent entrance!

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This puffy curled up 50cm behind a bench at one of the rest points in the park...we pointed him out to the next visitors to avoid a nasty accident!
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Re: Kgalagadi trip

Postby Kev » Mon Oct 03, 2011 11:11 pm

Some awesome pics you took there.
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Re: Kgalagadi trip

Postby Bushviper » Tue Oct 04, 2011 6:57 am

Nice pictures.
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Re: Kgalagadi trip

Postby Fooble » Tue Oct 04, 2011 7:19 am

Great photo of the Barking gecko , they are beautiful.
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Re: Kgalagadi trip

Postby Westley Price » Tue Oct 04, 2011 8:05 am

First decent quality picture I've seen of a Barking Gecko in-situ, well done!
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Re: Kgalagadi trip

Postby Blet » Tue Oct 04, 2011 9:22 pm

Westley, this one took some effort. I used a 150mm Macro + Nikon D70...this gave me the necessary working distance to still get a 1:1 magnification, but, in the same breath, respect our choir master. I used a hand-held flashlight and the built-in flash to allow settings for a bit more depth-of-field. I managed to get 15-20 good shots, but could not get one while he let rip with one of those deafening barks!
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Re: Kgalagadi trip

Postby TH » Wed Oct 05, 2011 10:16 am

Very cool pics Blet - I especially like that Barking Gecko. Well done!!
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Re: Kgalagadi trip

Postby Blet » Wed Oct 05, 2011 12:38 pm

TH, that's a huge compliment! I've admired many a photo you've posted in the past!
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Re: Kgalagadi trip

Postby Rothdigga » Thu Oct 13, 2011 4:34 pm

Man, I was just about to upload some photos I took while up there last week and ask how in the hell do you find Barking Geckos, now I see this. I looked 2 solid nights for them behind our place (just south of the park entrance), with no luck. Just following the calls and taking small steps to get closer and closer but damn if they aren't hard to get a shot of. I'll be posting some trip photos in a bit.
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Re: Kgalagadi trip

Postby Bushviper » Thu Oct 13, 2011 5:10 pm

What I have heard people do is they look for the hole. You then set up your camera and wait. When you hear the gecko you press the shutter and you might have the gecko in focus.
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Re: Kgalagadi trip

Postby Daniellouw » Tue Apr 17, 2012 10:07 am

I am really stunned by the quality of the pics, well done!
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Re: Kgalagadi trip

Postby Blet » Tue Apr 17, 2012 1:55 pm

Good old Nikon D70...all jpeg and no fiddling! Must admit Sigma's 150mm f2.8 Macro is the best!
Just got back from another Kgalagadi stint 2 days ago. This time round freezing temps and saw very little in the line of reptiles...2 juv molesnakes and a giant of an adult being chomped by a pair of Tawny Eagles, 1 Kalahari Tent tortoise, 1 puffy and 2 bright orange Capes crossing the road.
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Re: Kgalagadi trip

Postby Bushviper » Tue Apr 17, 2012 3:31 pm

Where are the pictures of this trip?
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Re: Kgalagadi trip

Postby Blet » Wed Apr 18, 2012 3:39 pm

Will post them asap...Capes where seen while driving, lets say, 120km/h, so no photos of them!
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