Fanus Shares from the Botswana Khwai, Savute, Chobe Safari: On the Busy River at Chobe …
We arrived at the Chobe Safari Lodge Lodge last evening and by this morning we were more than ready to get out and experience what this magnificent area has to offer, like the 450+ bird species and a staggering diversity of game.
We started out on the river just before sunrise with thick clouds building up for some much needed rain, and the sun sending those beautiful shafts of light streaming through to light up the sky and ground.
Although we saw Kudu, Impala, Lechwe, Lions and Crocs, we decided that our focus for the day would in fact be the rich bird life.
We started with Jacanas as they trotted around busily on the lovely lily pads, –
– then a Black Crake arrived in an open patch giving us some great opportunities for great images. The Bee-eaters were particularly cooperative, and flitted around very close to the boat.
We spent some time with a couple White-crowned Plovers that were mating and because the background was clear and unobstructed our images turned our really well! And of course Fish Eagles could be seen everywhere, –
– and Marabou Storks paddled around looking for fish in the shallows.
This afternoon was quite overcast again, and seemed to bring animals to the riverbank in their droves. Besides plenty of hippo pods in the river there were numerous herds of elephants along the banks and even a pride of lions that arrived for an early drink.
We stopped at an embankment and were actually reaching out to steady the boat by clutching the grass growing there when a herd of elephants arrived to see what we were up to. They were so close that if we had wanted to we could have touched them.
One inquisitive tiny baby came right up … an arms length away, and looked us over with curiosity. Even using wide angle lenses we could only photograph an eye, an ear, the tip of a trunk. We remained with them, sitting very quietly until they started to move away and we drifted silently back into the mainstream and reality!
Tomorrow will be our final morning on this safari, and we sure mean to make the most of it …
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