Brendon’s News from the Chobe Pangolin Voyager: Greetings for a Newborn Baboon
We were very keen to get out early so that we could go all the way upstream to Serendela to photograph the Fish Eagles in that area. As always, they were just fabulous, and because there was absolutely no wind today, the water was as calm and flat as a mirror, giving us the chance for some fabulous shots with beautiful reflections.
Once again the bird life everywhere was prolific, and besides the Fish Eagles we were able to concentrate on different Kingfishers busily fishing in the river.
There were Malachite and Giant Kingfishers – and Pied Kingfishers, one of which was tenderizing the fish he had just caught by banging it again and again onto a tree branch.
There were Yellow-billed Storks, Sacred Ibis, Glossy Ibis, Grey Herons, and we were lucky to also find two Pygmy Geese.
When a Marsh Harrier cruised past us very slowly we had plenty of time to focus and get some outstanding flying shots of the handsome bird.
The river always has numerous elephants close by and today was no exception. The large size of the herds was matched the large herd of buffalo that also ambled to the riverside to drink and relax.
When we left the Chobe Pangolin Voyager this afternoon for our afternoon excursion we again saw a herd of elephants swimming across the river in almost the same area that they had crossed yesterday.
As we cruised along the river we saw lots of birds again, the ever-present crocodiles, and plenty of hippos. We hoped for another hippo altercation but all were very peaceful this afternoon.
When we found a troop,of baboons we simply had to stop. In fact we ended up spending 1 1/2 hours with them, watching their antics, games, grooming, chases, and hierarchical disputes. One mother had a tiny, newborn baby and it was fascinating to see how different members of the troop came one by one to investigate the little one. The picked it up, sniffed it, as though introducing themselves, before handing the baby back to mom. Amazing!
After this we slowly made our way up to Savannah backwater for sundowners at sunset. On the way we passed Puku, and Elephants and while we sipped our sundowners, we had another herd of elephants for company.
So another idyllic day came to its close – and joy of joy for us – another waits for us tomorrow …
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