Botswana, June 2017

Botswana camp safari map

On my second visit to Botswana this year, it was much drier and browner than in early May (See Botswana, April-May 2017). In the Mababe depression (ancient mega-lake), we encountered about four hundred buffaloes in migration. Hundreds of zebras had already reached their destination and were enjoying fresh grass on the floodplain along the Chobe River. As always, there were so many unforgettable, special moments!

今年2度目のボツワナ訪問。5月より乾燥が進み、ほとんどの草は枯れ、茶色の大地が目についた(1回目の訪問の写真はこちら。Botswana, April-May 2017)。古代の巨大湖では、季節移動中のバッファロー約400頭に出会った。チョベ川の水位が下がって姿を現した氾濫原(はんらんげん=河川の氾濫によってできた平坦な低地)では、既に到着した数百頭のシマウマが新鮮な草をむさぼっていた。いつものことながら、忘れがたい素晴らしい出来事に満ちたボツワナの旅。

Red-billed spurfowl, Khwai, Botswana, June 2017

Red-billed spurfowl, Khwai, Botswana, June 2017

Southern red-billed hornbill, Khwai, Botswana, June 2017

Southern red-billed hornbill, Khwai, Botswana, June 2017

Lilac-breasted roller, Khwai, Botswana, June 2017

Lilac-breasted roller, Khwai, Botswana, June 2017

Chacma baboons, Khwai, Botswana, June 2017

Chacma baboons, Khwai, Botswana, June 2017

Pied kingfisher, Khwai, Botswana, June 2017

Pied kingfisher, Khwai, Botswana, June 2017

Pied kingfisher eating fish, Khwai, Botswana, June 2017

Pied Kingfisher eating fish, Khwai, Botswana, June 2017. He beat the dead fish to absolute death before starting to consume it.

Little bee-eater, Khwai, Botswana, June 2017

Little bee-eater, Khwai, Botswana, June 2017

Young elephants playing, Khwai, Botswana, June 2017

Young elephants playing, Khwai, Botswana, June 2017

Pied kingfisher mating, Khwai, Botswana, June 2017

Pied kingfisher mating, Khwai, Botswana, June 2017

Elephants, Khwai, Botswana, June 2017

Elephants, Khwai, Botswana, June 2017

Wattled cranes, Khwai, Botswana, June 2017

Wattled cranes, Khwai, Botswana, June 2017. A short while later, the male started courting.

Sunset, Khwai, Botswana, June 2017

Sunset, Khwai, Botswana, June 2017

Red lechwe, Khwai, Botswana, June 2017

Red lechwe, Khwai, Botswana, June 2017

Daytime, Khwai, Botswana, June 2017

Daytime, Khwai, Botswana, June 2017

Waterbuck, Khwai, Botswana, June 2017

Waterbuck, Khwai, Botswana, June 2017

Baby Egyptian geese, Khwai, Botswana, June 2017

Baby Egyptian geese, Khwai, Botswana, June 2017

Baby Egyptian geese under the watchful eye of their proud parent, Khwai, Botswana, June 2017

Baby Egyptian geese under the watchful eye of their proud parent, Khwai, Botswana, June 2017

White-backed vulture, Khwai, Botswana, June 2017

White-backed vulture, Khwai, Botswana, June 2017

White-backed vultures fighting over buffalo carcus, Khwai, June 2017

Kick! White-backed vultures fighting over buffalo carcus, Khwai, June 2017

White-backed vultures guarding buffalo carcass, Khwai, Boswana, June 2017

White-backed vultures guarding buffalo carcass, Khwai, Boswana, June 2017

Baby giraffe, Mababe depression, Botswana, June 2017

Baby giraffe, Mababe depression, Botswana, June 2017

Elephants and trees, Mababe depression, Botswana, June 2017

Elephants and trees, Mababe depression, Botswana, June 2017

Yellow-billed hornbill, Mababe depression, Botswana, June 2017

Yellow-billed hornbill, Mababe depression, Botswana, June 2017

Burchell's sandgrouse spreading wings, Savuti, Botswana, June 2017

Burchell’s sandgrouse spreading wings, Savuti, Botswana, June 2017

Burchell's sandgrouse, Savuti, Botswana, June 2017

Burchell’s sandgrouse, Savuti, Botswana, June 2017

Capped wheatear, Savuti, Botswana, June 2017

Capped wheatear, Savuti, Botswana, June 2017

Secretary bird landing on nest, Savuti, Botswana, June 2017

Secretary bird landing on nest, Savuti, Botswana, June 2017

Secretary bird sitting on nest, Savuti, Botswana, June 2017

Secretary bird sitting on nest, Savuti, Botswana, June 2017

Verreaux's eagle-owl, Savuti, Botswana, June 2017

Verreaux’s eagle-owl, Savuti, Botswana, June 2017

Verreaux's eagle-owl, Savuti, Botswana, June 2017

Verreaux’s eagle-owl, Savuti, Botswana, June 2017

Temminck's courser, Savuti, Botswana, June 2017

Temminck’s courser, Savuti, Botswana, June 2017

Secretary bird, Savuti, Botswana, June 2017

Secretary bird, Savuti, Botswana, June 2017

Secretary bird, Savuti, Botswana, June 2017

Secretary bird, Savuti, Botswana, June 2017

Blue wildebeest, Savuti, Botswana, June 2017

Blue wildebeest, Savuti, Botswana, June 2017

Pale formed tawny eagle, Savuti, Botswana, June 2017

Pale formed tawny eagle, Savuti, Botswana, June 2017

Yellow mongoose, Savuti, Boswana, June 2017

Yellow mongoose, Savuti, Boswana, June 2017

Yellow mongoose, Savuti, Botswana, June 2017

Food got stuck in mouth! Yellow mongoose, Savuti, Botswana, June 2017

Kori bustard, Savuti, Botswana, June 2017

Kori bustard, Savuti, Botswana, June 2017. Kori bustard is the largest flying bird native to Africa.

Black-shouldered kite hovering, Savuti, Botswana, June 2017

Black-shouldered kite hovering, Savuti, Botswana, June 2017. He dived to hunt many times without much success.

Sleeping lioness and flowers, Savuti, Botswana, June 2017

Sleeping lioness and flowers, Savuti, Botswana, June 2017

Sunset, Savuti, Boswana, June 2017

Sunset, Savuti, Boswana, June 2017

Pearl-spotted owlet, Savuti, Botswana, June 2017

Pearl-spotted owlet, Savuti, Botswana, June 2017

Female leopard taking a break from pulling fur from a scrub hare, Savuti, Botswana, June 2017

Female leopard taking a break from pulling fur from a scrub hare, Savuti, Botswana, June 2017

Red-billed quelea, Savuti, Botswana, June 2017

Red-billed quelea, Savuti, Botswana, June 2017

Crimson-breasted shrike, Savuti, Botswana, June 2017

Crimson-breasted shrike, Savuti, Botswana, June 2017

Blue waxbill, Savuti, Botswana, June 2017

Blue waxbill, Savuti, Botswana, June 2017

Tree squirrel, Savuti, Botswana, June 2017

Tree squirrel, Savuti, Botswana, June 2017

Ostrich, Savuti,Botswana, June 2017

Ostrich, Savuti,Botswana, June 2017

Fork-tailed drongo, Savuti, Botswana, June 2017

Fork-tailed drongo, Savuti, Botswana, June 2017

Geese at sunset, Chobe, Botswana, June 2017

Geese at sunset, Chobe, Botswana, June 2017

Buffaloes at sunset, Chobe, Botswana, June 2017

Buffaloes at sunset, Chobe, Botswana, June 2017

Sunset, Chobe, Botswana, June 2017

Sunset, Chobe, Botswana, June 2017

Crested francolin, Chobe, Botswana, June 2017

Crested francolin, Chobe, Botswana, June 2017

Fish eagle, Chobe, Botswana, June 2017

Fish eagle, Chobe, Botswana, June 2017

Yellow-billed eremomela, Chobe, Botswana, June 2017

Yellow-billed eremomela, Chobe, Botswana, June 2017

Banded mongoose, Chobe, Botswana, June 2017

Banded mongoose, Chobe, Botswana, June 2017

Carmine bee-eater, Chobe, Botswana, June 2017

Carmine bee-eater, Chobe, Botswana, June 2017

White-faced ducks and sleeping hippos, Chobe, Botswana, June 2017

White-faced ducks and sleeping hippos, Chobe, Botswana, June 2017

African skimmers, Chobe, Botswana, June 2017

African skimmers, Chobe, Botswana, June 2017

Water thick-knee, Chobe, Botswana, June 2017

Water thick-knee, Chobe, Botswana, June 2017

Malachite kingfisher, Chobe, Botswana, June 2017

Malachite kingfisher, Chobe, Botswana, June 2017

Wire-tailed swallow, Chobe, Botswana, June 2017

Wire-tailed swallow, Chobe, Botswana, June 2017

Water thick-knee, Chobe, Botswana, June 2017

Water thick-knee, Chobe, Botswana, June 2017

Black-winged pratincolet, Chobe, Botswana, June 2017

Black-winged pratincolet, Chobe, Botswana, June 2017

Malachite kingfisher, Chobe, Botswana, June 2017

Malachite kingfisher, Chobe, Botswana, June 2017

Malachite kingfisher, Chobe, Botswana, June 2017

Malachite kingfisher, Chobe, Botswana, June 2017

Giant kingfisher, Chobe, Botswana, June 2017

Giant kingfisher, Chobe, Botswana, June 2017

Striped skink, Chobe, Botswana, June 2017

Striped skink, Chobe, Botswana, June 2017

Blacksmith lapwing attacking a water monitor, Chobe, June 2017

Blacksmith lapwing attacking a water monitor to protect its nest, Chobe, June 2017

Baby elephant, Chobe, Botswana, June 2017

Baby elephant, Chobe, Botswana, June 2017

Giraffe and elephants at sunset, Chobe, Botswana, June 2017

Giraffe and elephants at sunset, Chobe, Botswana, June 2017

Warthogs, Chobe, Botswana, June 2017

Warthogs, Chobe, Botswana, June 2017

Honey badger crossing the road, Chobe, Botswana, June 2017

Honey badger crossing the road, Chobe, Botswana, June 2017

Wild dogs tearing young kudu, Chobe, Botswana, June 2017

Wild dogs tearing meat, which was once a young kudu, Chobe, Botswana, June 2017

Brown hyena and white-backed vultures, Chobe, Botswana, June 2017

A brown hyena and white-backed vultures (with a black-backed jackal) eagerly waiting for an opportunity to grab a piece or two while wild dogs are devouring their kill, Chobe, Botswana, June 2017

Brown hyena observing wild dogs feasting on their kill, Chobe, Botswana, June 2017

Brown hyena observing wild dogs feasting on their kill, Chobe, Botswana, June 2017

Brown hyena getting away with a large chunk of meat, Chobe, Botswana, June 2017

It was worth waiting! Brown hyena getting away with a large chunk of meat, Chobe, Botswana, June 2017.

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