• Wetlands of Botswana 2014

    Wetlands of Botswana 2014

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  • Water crossing in the delta

    Water crossing in the delta


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  • The large amount of water in the delta, even during the heart of the dry season attracts many birds. This place is a real paradise for birders and even for those not so much into birds because you see many beautiful ones and they are everywhere!

     

    Birds of the delta

    Egyptian geese

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    Fish eagle (immature)

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    Fish eagle taking off

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    Glossy ibis

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    Open-billed stork

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    Pied kingfisher

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    Slaty egret

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    Little egret

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    Great egret

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    Senegal cougal


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  • The bush of Moremi is also full of little flying wonders as bee-eaters, rollers and parrots.

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    Little bee-eater

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    Little bee-eater at nest

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    Sacred ibises

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    Wattled cranes in breeding display

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    Spur-winged goose

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    Swallow-tailed bee-eater

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    Meyer's parrot

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    African darter

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    Black-winged stilt

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    Carmine bee-eaters with prey

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    Hammerkop eating a... tadpole

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    African hoopoe 

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    White-faced ducks

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    Bateleur


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  • No cheetahs nor wild dogs for us, but we saw quite a number of lions, including some on an elephant kill. We also saw 3 cubs on their own resting in the shade by the road, wonder where the mum was...

    Moremi wildlife: predators

     

    But the highlight of the trip was definitely the leopards!!!
    We saw our first one early morning lying on a branch at Paradise pool. It was very relaxed and stayed there monitoring impalas and game around while we sat in the car about 30m away from it. It picked up literally the only branch that didn't get any sun light, making up for nice silhouettes!

    Moremi wildlife: predators

    Moremi wildlife: predators

     

    And on the very last day and the very last minutes of our stay in Moremi, we bumped into this big (collared) male going for a drink in the middle of the day! This one was huge and also extremely relaxed. We drove up to him while he was drinking and sat there waiting for him to move. When he eventually did, he walked straight toward the car and brushed past my rear bumper!! And then he simply lied down in the shade of a tree a mere 5m from the car, looking completely undisturbed by our presence!! What a nice moment!!

    Moremi wildlife: predators

    Moremi wildlife: predators

    Moremi wildlife: predators


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  • Moremi is literally packed with water, so we saw many hippos but surprisingly very few crocs.
    Game is also plentiful with lechwes everywhere, zebras, wildebeests, waterbucks and a few reedbucks. We were not lucky enough to see any sitatungas though... Will have to go back, shame hey!

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    Waterbuck

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    Lechwe

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    Female reedbuck playing hide and seek

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    Elephants crossing a large pond


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