Botswana – Day 5

This trip is coming towards its end.  We have only a couple more days of wildlife viewing to go in Botswana, before we return to Livingston, Zambia for our return flight to the UK.

Day 5 started with another river safari.  Many of the animals will have been seen before but hopefully there are a few new views of even these.  As always, please let me know if you notice that I have identified anything incorrectly.

I called the next photo ‘Two Tails’.  A quick look might miss the young Vervet Monkey, hanging on to mum.  I’d have thought it would make more sense to ride on her back, but perhaps this way it can feed whilst on the go.

Two Tails

The Buffalo has been a common sight along the banks of the Chobe River.

Buffalo

A Goliath Heron feeding on fish, and the Red Lechwe on grass.

Heron Fishing

I’m fairly sure this is a Little Egret.

Little Egret

This is certainly a Squacco Heron, which to me seems very strange for a Heron as we are so used to their long legs and necks.

Squacco Heron

Here we have a Sacred Ibis and friend, a Long-toed Plover.

Sacred Ibis and friend

Next an Egyptian Goose looking a bit coy.

Egyptian Goose

A Nile Crocodile, keeping an eye on the world.

Nile Crocodile

Our Long-toed Plover friend again.

Long-toed Plover

This Hippo dropped below the water and the driver of our boat promptly motored off.  They don’t like Hippos close by and under them.

Hippopotamus

It is thought, reference Wikipedia, that the main function of the ‘crocodile gape’ is to cool them down, but there may be other reasons why they can often be found with mouths wide open.

Nile Crocodile

Nile Crocodile

I’m pretty sure that this is a small flock of Glossy Ibis flying in ‘loose formation’ as our aviator friends would say.

Loose Formation

I believe the next two are of a Ruff, but please correct me if this is not so.

Ruff

Ruff

A Spurwinged Goose.  I know it looks as if I have dust on the sensor, but I checked the frames before and after, and there is no sign of it, so I can only conclude that the spots are well out of focus flying objects of some sort.  Distant birds, foreground insects or maybe UFOs.  I liked this picture of the goose best.

Spurwinged Goose

Here are a few shots of a Yellowbilled Stork.  I don’t know why, but I think it looks like a happy bird.

Yellowbilled Stork

Yellowbilled Stork

Yellowbilled Stork

Yellowbilled Stork

This ia a Namibian village in the Caprivi Strip, the other side of the Chobe River,

Namibian Village

and I think these three bottles are some of their bird scarers.

Three Bottles

Not sure what this chap is doing.  Maybe his laundry, or possibly something to do with fishing.  I reckon laundry.

Laundry?

One of my favourites again, the Pied Kingfisher.  First he is spotting his prey

Pied Kingfisher

and then starting his dive on it.

Pied Kingfisher

Another one perched quietly a bit further up the river.

Pied Kingfisher Pied Kingfisher

Another of my favourites, an African Fish Eagle, manoeuvring within the confines of a tree.

African Fish Eagle

Elephants again.  We love them.  A family having a well deserved drink.

Elephants drinking

That’s the last photo from the morning river safari.

Here are a few more from the afternoon game drive, starting with a couple of shots of Burchell’s Zebra.

Burchell's Zebra

Burchell's Zebra

An Elephant applying it’s UV sun protection.

Elephant dusting

A Sable antelope.

Sable

A Grey Lourie, also known as the ‘go-away bird’ because of its call.

Grey Lourie

Finally a nice shot of Chobe River life.

River Life

That’s all from Day 5 in Botswana.  One more full day to go, and then the journey home.  My next post will be the last one from Botswana.  Please come back to take a look.

If you missed the start of the story it can be found here.

14 thoughts on “Botswana – Day 5

  1. Great shots! I used to work as a reptile handler and we had a small Nile crocodile in our care for a few days – it was only about a foot and a half long, but it seemed to think it was going 20 feet…I’ve never seen such a surly fellow…he would chase after whatever came in the enclosure. Crocodiles have an extra vertebra in their neck that alligators lack, which allows them a rather large degree of flexibility – they can whip that wicked jaw around and grab something behind them ridiculously fast. Fortunately, most of the time they prefer to just laze around in the sun…

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    • Thank you, and also thanks for the added information which is always valuable. Understanding the differences between crocodiles and alligators is something that I think many people can struggle with. Please keep commenting on my wildlife shots if you can find the time, but bear in mind that some of them are not good, and only record shots.

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  2. Another batch of good photos, Dave – and as always very nostalgic for me! All of your bird ids are correct >>> the 3rd photo down shows a Goliath Heron. You have some really excellent bird photos here, real portraits – and I love the beer bottles hanging from the fence – something I never saw in Kenya. Good stuff! Adrian

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    • Thank you Adrian, and thanks for the ID on the Goliath Heron. It was in my book, but I hadn’t spotted it. I have used your info to update the text in case readers don’t get as far as your comment. Thank you again.

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