Birds of Botswana

From December to March, Botswana is a birder’s paradise. The country plays host to nearly 600 species of bird, although you would need to be an avid and experienced birder to see everything. That said, there is nothing like waking up next to the Chobe riverfront to the sounds and movement of hundreds of birds.

We were lucky, as we arrived at the end of March, to have a wealth of birdlife still around. According to some of the camp hosts, we just missed the migration of many European species, but there was still plenty to see. We did our best to check off a list and managed to count about 100 species. This is just a small sample of what I managed to photograph. I’m no expert birder myself but I do love to watch and photograph birds; my time in Botswana was thus well spent!

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Southern carmine bee-eater

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Blue-cheeked bee-eater

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African fish eagle

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Ready to take flight

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Pied kingfisher

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Southern carmine bee-eater

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Female ostrich

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Male ostrich

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Southern carmine bee-eater

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Pied kingfisher

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African jacana

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Open-billed stork and grey heron

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Tawny eagle

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Woolly-necked stork

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Kori bustard – the ‘reluctant flyer’

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Lilac breasted roller

 

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Two females and a male ostrich

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Just love his expression here

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Hitching a ride in Khama Rhino Sanctuary!

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