Chobe Pangolin Voyager Safari: African Skimmer Hatchlings …

Daily Bulletin from Villiers:

This morning we realised that we don’t have too many good African Skimmer shots and decided to correct this by returning close to the rapids – to the a sandbank near Kasane where we noticed some of the birds earlier in the week.

We stopped on the sandbank, and although the Skimmers weren’t skimming much this morning we did get wonderful midair fighting shots that always seem so dramatic when those beaks lock in battle.

A couple of African skimmers, having a territorial dispute, captured on the Chobe River, Botswana

A couple of African skimmers, having a territorial dispute, captured on the Chobe River, Botswana

We also photographed the birds feeding their tiny chicks … little hatchlings. The parents dig holes in the sand and the adorable little fluff balls creep in, from where they are not often visible. But we were lucky today because some of the parents called their little chicks out of the holes to feed fish to them. We managed some great shots as the parents fed the little ones small fishes.

We photographed crocodiles, …

Wild croc in water

… Thick-knees, more Fish Eagles and so many of the other birds. And before we returned to the houseboat for our farewells we were able to photograph a flock of beautiful Carmine Bee-eaters.

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That was how how beautiful, exciting, tranquil, varied safari ended, with very full memory cards and plenty of wonderful photographs to enjoy at home – until next time …