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    • TonyQ
      A fascinating report, thank you @Pictus Safaris
    • ElenaH
    • Hads
      @ElenaH, another good sight to check out the Birmingham pride which is located in Kruger, they currently have white lions with Cubs. They seem to roam between Kruger  Orpen Gate region and Greater Kruger, Ngala private reserve. https://www.facebook.com/Birminghamprideoflions/  
    • Hads
      Thanks for following along @Peter Connan, @PeterHG, @ElenaHand @Atravelynn. @PeterHGthanks for correcting me on the Heron, I do get birds mixed up at times  . @Peter Connanwe had our wonderful sightings and it continued for the remainder of the trip. @AtravelynnI was abit naughty letting my boy take a photo of some birds out the sunroof.  
    • Hads
      Hi @ElenaH, I think you are correct, Caspar is not Albino but more Leucitic. The below link in the second paragraph seems to explain it quite well.   https://www.safaria.co.za/casper-the-white-lion-of-kruger-national-park/
    • PeterHG
      The flight from Amsterdam to Abu Dhabi (7 hours) went smoothly and the 4-hour-stopover was spent in comfortable chairs in the newly opened Terminal A of Zayed Airport. Quite a sight, this spacious terminal....     On the flight to Bangkok (another 6 hours) the aisle seat next to us was occupied by an Egyptian passenger in his sixties. He constantly asked for whisky whenever a stewardess passed by and by the looks of him he already had a few before. When he learned we were Dutch he kept on about the fact that soft drugs were free in Holland and thus what a wonderful country we were living in. We could not convince him otherwise, He was also adamant we were on our way to Thailand because cannabis was legalised. That was most definitely his own reason for travelling there, he stated. Six hours can seem like weeks....   We got to Bangkok in the end, were picked up by the hotel taxi and taken back to the airport the next morning to collect our car. Having settled that, we set off towards our first destination: Khao Yai NP, some 180 km NE of Bangkok. To get a taste of Thailand birding an en-route visit to the Pathum Thani rice research centre seemed like a good idea. We used Google Maps as our navigation system and, with a few exceptions, it did a good job. Traffic was rather heavy and some of the U-turns Google Maps suggested were closed so it took a little longer than we had expected to reach the site. This whole system of U-turns took some getting used to anyway.     We spent a few pleasant hours driving along the tracks bordering the many rice plots and saw a good number of species. Most of them later proved to be quite abundant, but at the time we were excited by sightings like Great Myna, Zebra Dove and Amur Stonechat, which were all lifers. I’ll post some bird photos here as part of this report, but the bulk of them will appear in the Big Year Thread. All in all it was a good decision to make this stop, before continuing our drive to Khao Yai.   Zebra Dove   Eastern Cattle Egret     I had encountered some difficulties in finding a birding guide for Khao Yai. The few people I found online or were suggested to me were not available. As we were unfamiliar with most Asian birds we very much wanted to spend the first day with a guide. In the end I came across the Tontantravel website and contacted them. They could provide a guide and also made a suggestion for accommodation. We booked both. Thailand is not an expensive country in many respects. Accommodation costs a lot less than in Europe and the food is both cheap and delicious. But for guiding, in my experience, the rates are just as high as over here. We paid €190 for a day’s birding for the two of us. This included transport, lunch and entry and we felt it was well worth the money. The guide, a young guy who was quite fluent in English, was passionate and certainly knew his birds. Also he was pleasant company. Through his expertise we saw many more birds than we would have managed ourselves and he gave us some good tips on where to go in the next few days. I’ll telL some more on what we saw in the park in the next instalment.    
    • Bush dog
      Black-hooded parakeet - Barranco Alto     Blue-crowned parakeets - Barranco Alto       Yellow-chevroned parakeet - Barranco Alto     Monk parakeet - Barranco Alto     Peach-fronted parakeet - Bonito     Yellow-faced amazon - Barranco Alto     Blue-fronted parrot - Barranco Alto     Blue-fronted parrot - Refugio da Ilha     Scaly-headed parrots - Barranco Alto  
    • Bush dog
      @Atravelynn   Thank you very much for your comments, always so personal, pictorial and metaphorical.
    • JPS
      Booking campsites in Kgalagadi can be quite an adventure! It's a bit like a race – whether you're quick off the mark on the first day of reservations or keeping a close eye out for those last-minute cancellations. Flexibility is key, and switching to prime campsites can really enhance your overall experience. My strategy? I love seizing those unexpected opportunities that pop up when others tweak their travel plans. Now, let's talk about the Moremi trip in September, yes it requires booking a year in advance. Despite the challenge, I am confident in securing reservations and have already a plan in place to make it happen. Looking ahead, for Khutse and Moremi in February 2025, only some privately owned camps are currently open for reservations, with others set to open for bookings in April of this year.  Wishing you an absolutely fantastic trip in September, and I can't wait to catch your video reports. Happy travels!
    • Atravelynn
      May others follow in your footsteps!  Thank you for sharing this unique report to Liberia.
    • Kitsafari
    • jeremie
      Before continuing with Dzanga bai, I would like to share some pics from Odzala side... I just can't find time to process my thousands of elephants pics from Sangha lodge yet...
    • jeremie
      Before continuing with Dzanga bai, I would like to share some pics from Odzala side... I just can't find time to process my thousands of elephants pics from Sangha lodge yet...
    • Atravelynn
      Back to the daytime photos--the first shot with the impalas is Classic Mana Pools!
    • Atravelynn
      A birder's paradise and your photos prove it.  Especially like Muscovy Duck with the bulbous bite, the pair of flying Red-and-Green Macaws, the gorgeous Amazonian Motmot with a winged morsel, and the Roseate Spoonbill in a setting with colors that remind me of an elegant lady's dressing table! 
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