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.
The Buffalo has been a common sight along the banks of the Chobe River.
A Goliath Heron feeding on fish, and the Red Lechwe on grass.
I’m fairly sure this is a 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.
Here we have a Sacred Ibis and friend, a Long-toed Plover.
Next an Egyptian Goose looking a bit coy.
A Nile Crocodile, keeping an eye on the world.
Our Long-toed Plover friend again.
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.
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.
I’m pretty sure that this is a small flock of Glossy Ibis flying in ‘loose formation’ as our aviator friends would say.
I believe the next two are of a Ruff, but please correct me if this is not so.
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.
Here are a few shots of a Yellowbilled Stork. I don’t know why, but I think it looks like a happy bird.
This ia a Namibian village in the Caprivi Strip, the other side of the Chobe River,
and I think these three bottles are some of their bird scarers.
Not sure what this chap is doing. Maybe his laundry, or possibly something to do with fishing. I reckon laundry.
One of my favourites again, the Pied Kingfisher. First he is spotting his prey
and then starting his dive on it.
Another one perched quietly a bit further up the river.
Another of my favourites, an African Fish Eagle, manoeuvring within the confines of a tree.
Elephants again. We love them. A family having a well deserved drink.
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.
An Elephant applying it’s UV sun protection.
A Sable antelope.
A Grey Lourie, also known as the ‘go-away bird’ because of its call.
Finally a nice shot of Chobe 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.