This was one of those moments in photography that you dream of.....getting this close to a Bateleur. We disturbed him while he was on the ground at Melkvlei in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and followed him to a tree where he had settled.
After taking a number of photos from various distances before he was frightened off, we were eventually parked under the tree with him peering down at us through the sunroof.
These are truly magnificent birds.
26 November 2014
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Suzie and I have just fulfilled a lifelong dream to visit the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.
Nothing can prepare one for the experience of the place. It is a harsh and unforgiving part of the country, with little water a baking sun, strong winds and sand storms. But there is a sureal beauty to the place, with the red sand dunes and the dry river beds - the Aoub River apparently only flows every eleven years, and the Nossob River every fifty years.
Yet in spite of its harshness many animals thrive here.
This gemsbok is walking along the Aoub River against the backdrop of one of the many red dunes.