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Well we arrived in the bush to a dark cloudy day yesterday. very bad light for photographs, but we did see Hippo, a herd of 100 buffalo, 2 white rhino, a huge monitor lizard, dwarf mongoose, a hyena that had just had his tail bitten off and 3 lioness and cubs.
This lioness raised 3 cubs, 2 female and a male, which are now over 3 years old. The young male has now been sent off to live on his own, while she has remained with her grown up daughters. She had 2 cubs which are now 6 months old and the one daughter has 2 cubs which are 6 weeks old. They were all together yesterday which was amazing to see. We unfortunately found them when it was almost dark last night but did the best I could. We also could not get too close as they were in a sheltered spot. The lead image is one of the 6 week old cubs who bounced off his Mom after feeding (mom was lying on her back sleeping) to come and look at us.... V2 is one of the 6 month old cubs also looking at us.This morning we found the 3 year old males spoor in the river bed and tracked his spoor for 2 hours and eventually our tracker spotted him 10 metres off the track lying in long grass, he was asleep but lifted his head once to look at us. last 2 Versions are him and his spoor...his foot is the size of a saucer
The sun is shining today, but very windy which the animals don't like. For the birders, we have seen 26 species of bird already, including kingfishers and a malibu stalk on her nest and yellow hornbills to name a few.
Internet is so slow up here so apologies for lack of voting....it took me an hour to load the versionsSad
FOR THOSE WHO ARE INTERESTED....there is a Wild life film crew on the reserve who are doing live streaming of the game on the reserve.......google Wild earth TV - Thornybush reserve .. you should pick them up...PS its a lady photographerGrinGrin

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Camera:Nikon D5100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:70-300mm f/4-5.6 G
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:6 Jun 2013 - 4:56 PM
Focal Length:195mm
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:Hello there.....
Username:ColleenA ColleenA
Uploaded:7 Jun 2013 - 10:15 AM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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digital_boi
7 Jun 2013 - 10:22 AM

cutie of the week award for sure Colleen a very pleasing capture only v1 showing will come back for the rest of them

GrahamGrinGrinGrin

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Fefe
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7 Jun 2013 - 10:34 AM

Awwww HELLO THEREGrinGrin
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Badgerfred
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7 Jun 2013 - 10:35 AM

This is a cute capture Colleen, love the expression captured,
Fred.

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HarrietH
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7 Jun 2013 - 10:41 AM

Another Awwww from me.

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barbarahirst
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7 Jun 2013 - 10:58 AM

incredible set ....
you must have had a ball

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 96182 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2013 - 11:09 AM

Just wonderful Colleen

Must be jaw dropping just to view it all

Adrian

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johnlw
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7 Jun 2013 - 11:48 AM

I like all 4 but the paw says it all nice images.

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Lillian
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7 Jun 2013 - 12:03 PM

Guess what?...we're all getting on the next plane Colleen!Wink
What a privilege it must be seeing these in the real surroundings of Africa
all so beautifully captured, and V1 has the cuteness, and V4 shows what the foot will grow too
Lillian

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Suzicoo
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7 Jun 2013 - 12:07 PM

Well captured
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Mrsbass
Mrsbass  2 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2013 - 12:28 PM

Too cute Colleen - you must be having the time of your life. I really love the paw print in v4! Have a great stay.

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cats_123
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7 Jun 2013 - 1:02 PM

That first real life experience is amazing...Smile Smile Smile

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Trev_B
Trev_B e2 Member 7126 forum postsTrev_B vcard England66 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2013 - 1:18 PM

A lovely set Coleen

Trev

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Rende
Rende e2 Member 737 forum postsRende vcard Netherlands4 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2013 - 1:20 PM

Lovely set; very endearing Smile
My favourite is V2; the eyes come out beautifully
Rende

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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2013 - 1:20 PM

Very cute! Think V2's my fave....but I do like the paw print in V4! Wink
Trev Smile

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gwynn56
gwynn56  378 forum posts England
7 Jun 2013 - 1:25 PM

nice capture , but no you can't keep the cub colleen SmileWink

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Tish1
Tish1 e2 Member 1Tish1 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2013 - 1:27 PM

Definitely has the cute factor here in V1, but all are exceptional, I love lions, going to get one as a petGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin; can't wait to see the rest of the animals that you have seen.

Tish

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brian17302
brian17302 e2 Member 2brian17302 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2013 - 1:41 PM

Great set of images V2 is my favourite. Very quick to upload your safari images
Look forward to some more images
Regards Brian

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Nikonuser1
Nikonuser1 e2 Member 2Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2013 - 2:16 PM

A great series of images Kate, V2 for me, so cute now, but when he is full grown!!!!!!!!!SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile


Cliff

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S_Psharma
S_Psharma  2 India1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2013 - 2:21 PM

Excellent wild life images v1 is the best.

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Caziwinkles
7 Jun 2013 - 2:42 PM

Wow!! Amazing images these Colleen - love the cutie in V1 and really wouldn't want to follow the footsteps of V4.
Brilliant images indeed! Smile

Carol

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DicksPics
DicksPics e2 Member 3DicksPics vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2013 - 3:21 PM

A fabulous set of images, Colleen!
If I just saw the footprint in V4, I'd be concerned!!WinkWink

Richard

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7 Jun 2013 - 3:32 PM

Cute little one!

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leontari
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7 Jun 2013 - 3:34 PM

Superb set of images Colleen!
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ali63
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7 Jun 2013 - 3:35 PM

great images , I am very jealous SadSad, what an experience,

Ali

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SUE118
SUE118 e2 Member 6SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2013 - 4:57 PM

Have a great time and could you pop the little one in the post to me he looks so cute.SmileSmile

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JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY
7 Jun 2013 - 6:06 PM

Superb images, in particular V2.
JNC

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pollisher
pollisher  2 Scotland
7 Jun 2013 - 6:16 PM

Super images. V2 and V4 being my favourites. Well done Smile

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 431 forum postsIrishkate vcard United Kingdom76 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2013 - 6:56 PM

Sounds like you'll have enough material to last for years with all this wildlife!
Lovely light in V2 and V3 and PAWS for thought in V 4.
Love your little cub in V1.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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WhiteRose1
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7 Jun 2013 - 6:59 PM

A wonderful set, Colleen, what an experience. v2 just pips it for the vote for that cute expression GrinGrin

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myrab e2 Member 8myrab vcard United Kingdom
7 Jun 2013 - 8:05 PM

Such a cutie Colleen, great shots.

Myra

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MandyG
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7 Jun 2013 - 8:09 PM

I want one! Only a V1 type though. Lovely images Smile

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jdinne
jdinne  11 England
7 Jun 2013 - 8:26 PM

Great set Colleen I am kinda drawn to v3.

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Jenny-D
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7 Jun 2013 - 8:59 PM

What a fabulous set of wildlife images Colleen.

Jenny Smile

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Holmewood
Holmewood e2 Member 2Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
7 Jun 2013 - 10:30 PM

Great shots Colleen. Love the write up. So informative. Have a great break. Cathy

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AnnJ
AnnJ  3 Scotland
7 Jun 2013 - 11:50 PM

Just gorgeous, Ann.

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howdog
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8 Jun 2013 - 9:28 AM

Colleen fine set V2 is a fine shot! Smile
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Quoise
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8 Jun 2013 - 10:32 AM

Such a lovely set Smile

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8 Jun 2013 - 10:53 AM

Wonderful wildlife photos Colleen love the little chap and the paw print

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8 Jun 2013 - 12:12 PM

excellent in all aspects
chris

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ChristineD
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8 Jun 2013 - 9:29 PM

V2 for me, love the expression

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Glostopcat
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9 Jun 2013 - 5:39 PM

V1 and v2 are particularly delightful Colleen, what a privelege it must have been to see these in the wild rather than in a zoo or safari park

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annettep38
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10 Jun 2013 - 8:41 PM

v3 is my favourite, lovely light and such a fitting pose1

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Lynniesefforts
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10 Jun 2013 - 11:49 PM

What an amazing experience you are having Colleen... love the bubby cubs, and to see them in the wild must be be jaw doppingly exciting for you...

cannot wait to see all your photos..it is unfortunate it takes so long for you to download, frustrating I'm sure !!

Have a blast, and look forward to the next ones GrinGrinGrin

Lynette GrinGrin

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12 Jun 2013 - 6:39 AM

Superb, I love the lion print.

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kathrynlouise
12 Jun 2013 - 7:07 AM

Hi Colleen. Am soooooooooo envious. Its my dream to see big cats in the wild. Love this set. Can't choose between V1 and 2, both just so cute. What an amazing experience GrinGrin

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User_Removed
16 Jun 2013 - 8:47 PM

Excellent gallery! Congratulations!
(but you have a huge help: your fabulous country!
Silviu

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