This is the last post, do I hear sighs of relief, from our 2008 trip to Zambia and Botswana. It covers days 6 and 7 of our time in Botswana. Action for day 6 started with a long morning game drive with breakfast taken close to the river.
I now believe that this little owl was a Pearlspotted Owl. I originally had it incorrectly identified as a Barred Owl. It’s not a great shot, but deserves to be included, if only because the owl had risen early to get in the photograph.
This cheeky looking bird is a Tropical Boubou. He struck a number of poses for me, but I chose this one with direct eye contact.
I think this slightly ‘grumpy’ looking bird is an Arrowmarked Babbler. At least he didn’t hide behind the branch, even if he didn’t pay attention.
Not my best shot of a Carmine Bee-eater.
You will have gathered by now that I really cannot resist including more shots of the African Fish Eagle, so here is another one. This bird was featured quite a lot on last night’s BBC1 episode of Earthflight, which was well worth a watch. I hadn’t realised that the Fish Eagle didn’t rely solely on fishing for its dinner, but was also not beyond scavenging, in competition with Vultures and Marabou Storks if necessary, as well as preying on Flamingoes. I still think it is a magnificent bird.
Just a riverside view.
A couple more Carmine Bee-eaters.
I’m pretty sure this is a Whitebrowed Sparrow-weaver.
This is just a record shot of a Blue Waxbill. It was too far away and this is a severe crop just to prove that we saw it.
More Bee-eaters, this time we have a pair of Whitefronted Bee-eaters. They cooperated by chosing a nice perch.
These vultures also cooperated a bit, since I usually find them perched with their backs to the camera. It’s not obvious, but they are Whitebacked Vultures, probably fairly immature.
I expect that quite a lot of the local wildlife dined on this Kudu over the last few days.
A couple of shots of a male Impala, who was probably hoping that he was not going to go the way of the Kudu.
Another angle on the Chobe.
Guess what, another African Fish Eagle,
getting a fly past from a Snakebird,
before launching himself into flight.
More Chobe river life. I don’t know what they were up to, but I imagine that they hoped that the Hippos were further downstream.
I didn’t expect to see so many Open-billed Storks in flight at the same time. I don’t know why they were.
This is a Tree Squirrel, who seemed to be feeding on the leaves of this tree. I guess that if you have no nuts, then you have no choice.
I think we just got a radio message about the whereabouts of some lions, so off we rush through the dust to find them.
That’s not lions. That’s another Namibian cattle herd. Just as well there is a river in between if there are lions about.
Ah, here’s one. This is one of a small group that were resting, as lions do, under a small copse of trees, which made them difficult to photograph well.
There’s not much else about. Probably because it’s the middle of the day now. Here’s another view of the river instead,
and a Baobab tree.
We have returned to the lodge for lunch and found this Warthog just outside our room.
The afternoon was spent ‘at leisure’ as the Tour Companies say. In reality this meant packing and having a rest to catch up from the early start this morning. Tonight we had our ‘last night’ get together, so I finish today with two shots of the inevitable sunset over the Chobe River, taken from the bar.
After breakfast on our departure day, there was just time to have another look at the river before joining the transport back to the Zambezi crossing.
Happily, we were able to dodge past the queue of trucks and people who had been waiting days for the ferry, and after a short trip in our little boat we arrived at the Zambian Border Control Post, which we negotiated without problems.
I grabbed a few more shots of the Zambian roadside from the coach
before arriving at the outskirts of Livingstone. This is the premises of a grain wholesaler.
It pays to advertise.
Photo and print shops.
Then to the airport. Since there were no more half decent photos, I will finish with another sunset from the previous night.
We were sad that we had come to the end of this trip, and I am a little sad that I have come to the end of this opportunity to relive the journey. It was a truly great holiday and experience.
I have enjoyed showing you some of the photographs from this trip, and hope that you have also enjoyed them. I have worried that some of the posts have been a bit too long, with too many photos and too much repetition. My blogging style is also very simple as I am not a natural writer. If I continue to document our travels, which I hope to, then perhaps the style will evolve a little. I do intend to keep the posts shorter.
If anyone has enjoyed this post, and would like to check out the whole of the Zambia and Botswana story, then the start can be found here.
I’m thinking about where I will take you next. It may be Vietnam, but we’ll have to wait and see.