Monday, July 8, 2013

Birdlife on the Chobe River.Part 2

The bird-life along the banks of the Chobe River was spectacular.
This is an African Skimmer.

I spotted a Spotted Thick-Knee...

I saw Giant Kingfishers every day.
The Sasol Birds of Southern Africa describes them as HUGE...
and by Kingfisher standards, they are. 

A Hammerkop 

A couple of Reed Cormorants, sunning themselves.

A Grey Heron takes flight... 

A tiny Malachite Kingfisher...
sitting quietly,until...

it heard another one calling!
Then it to started to vocalize and it seemed to change shape.

To the victor the spoils...
A Little Blue Heron catches a meal 

A Spoonbill wading through the reeds... 

A Spur-winged Goose taking off 

A Goliath Heron 

Probably one of the ugliest birds in Africa,
a Marabou Stork.

An African Jacana chick.

A regal Grey Heron. 

A White-breasted Cormorant and partner.

This Nile Crocodile was lying under this... 

a rookery full of Cormorants and Yellow-billed Storks.
Food LITERALLY dropped from the sky... 

A Pied Kingfisher...
I saw more of this species in the five days I was in Chobe
 than in all my other game reserve visits combined 

And, of course, the iconic sight of Africa...
The African Fish Eagle

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