Botswana, May 2018

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I felt so blessed to be back in Botswana, this time with good friends who were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

We camped two nights in Khwai, three nights in Savuti and another three nights in Chobe. I had never seen the Chobe River this full (the biggest flood in eight years!). With so much water still in the forest, unusually few animals, especially elephants, came out to the river.

金婚式を祝う友人夫妻と一緒に、またボツワナを訪問した。今回は、クワイ2泊、サブチ3泊、チョベ3泊のキャンプサファリ。チョベ川の水嵩がこれほど多いのは初めて。8年ぶりの大洪水という。森に水がまだ沢山あることから、チョベ川まで出てくる動物がゾウをはじめとしていつになく少なかった。

Pair of little bee-eaters, Khwai, Botswana, May 2018

Pair of little bee-eaters, Khwai, Botswana, May 2018

 

Hamerkop on tree trunk, Khwai, Botswana, May 2018

Hamerkop on tree trunk, Khwai, Botswana, May 2018

 

Verreaux's eagle-owl, Khwai, Botswana, May 2018

Verreaux’s eagle-owl (formerly known as Giant eagle-owl), Khwai, Botswana, May 2018

 

Matsebe the leopard, Khwai, Botswana, May 2018

Matsebe (well-known mother leopard), Khwai, Botswana, May 2018

 

Wattled crane, Khwai, Botswana, May 2018

Wattled crane, Khwai, Botswana, May 2018

 

Wild dogs fighting over impala head, Khwai, Botswana, May 2018

Wild dogs fighting over impala head, Khwai, Botswana, May 2018. Clearly it was not about meat but positions in the pack.

 

Khwai River, Botswana, May 2018

Khwai River, Botswana, May 2018

 

Waterbuck, Khwai, Botswana, May 2018

Waterbuck, Khwai, Botswana, May 2018

 

Waterbucks at the Khwai River, Botswana, May 2018

Waterbucks at the Khwai River, Botswana, May 2018

 

Meyers parrot, Khwai, Botswana, May 2018

Meyers parrot, Khwai, Botswana, May 2018

 

White-crested helmet-shrike, Khwai, Botswana, May 2018

White-crested helmet-shrike, Khwai, Botswana, May 2018

 

Pied kingfisher, Khwai, Botswana, May 2018

Pied kingfisher, Khwai, Botswana, May 2018

 

Senegal coucal, Khwai, Botswana, May 2018

Senegal coucal, Khwai, Botswana, May 2018

 

Hamerkop eating frog, Khwai, Botswana, May 2018

Hamerkop eating frog, Khwai, Botswana, May 2018

 

 

Hamerkop trying to mate?, Khwai, Botswana, May 2018

Hamerkop trying to mate?, Khwai, Botswana, May 2018

 

Red-crested korhaan, Mababe Depression, Botswana, May 2018

Red-crested korhaan, Mababe Depression, Botswana, May 2018

 

Red-crested korhaan, Mababe Depression, Botswana, May 2018

Purple roller with millipede, Mamabe Depression, Botswana, May 2018

 

Purple roller, Mababe Depression, Botswana, May 2018on the way to Savuti 180512

Purple roller, Mababe Depression, Botswana, May 2018

 

Baby zebra, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018

Baby zebra, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018

 

Sacred ibis, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018

Sacred ibis, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018

 

 

 

Southern pied babbler, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018

Southern pied babbler, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018

 

Bradfield's hornbill, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018

Bradfield’s hornbill, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018

 

Lilac-breasted roller, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018

Lilac-breasted roller, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018

 

Lilac-breasted roller, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018

Black-backed jackal and double-banded courser, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018

 

Yellow mongoose, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018

Yellow mongoose, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018

 

Baobabs, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018

Baobabs, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018. There are 12 baobab trees next to each other.

 

Banded mongoose, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018

Banded mongoose, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018

 

Slender mongoose, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018

Slender mongoose, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018

 

Openbills on tree, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018

Openbills on tree, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018. There were eight openbills on this tree.

 

Pair of magpie shrike, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018

Pair of magpie shrike, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018

 

Mother and baby zebras, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018

Mother and baby zebras, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018

 

Baby zebra suckling, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018

Baby zebra suckling, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018

 

Impala and red-billed oxpecker, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018

Impala and red-billed oxpecker, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018

 

Brown snake eagle, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018

Brown snake eagle, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018

 

Yellow pansy, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018

Yellow pansy, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018

 

Sunset, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018

Sunset, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018

 

Guinea fowl, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018

Guinea fowl, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018

Zabras in late afternoon, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018

Zabras in late afternoon, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018

 

 

Food is more attracitve than sex, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018

Definitely food is more interesting than sex, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018

 

Lions eating wildebeest, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018

Lions eating wildebeest, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018

 

Lions eating wildebeest, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018

Lions eating wildebeest, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018

 

Having a break from eating wildebeest, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018

Taking a break from eating wildebeest, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018

 

Lioness eating wildebeest, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018

A few hours later, still eating, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018

 

Jackals waiting for their turn, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018

Jackals waiting for their turn, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018

 

Jackal hoping to run off with some meat, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018

Jackal hoping to run off with some meat, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018

 

Jackal drinking water, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018

Jackal, tired of waiting, decided to drink water, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018

 

Black-headed heron, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018

Black-headed heron, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018

 

Fish eagle flying, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018

Fish eagle flying, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018

 

Fish eagle preparing to land on tree, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018

Fish eagle preparing to land on tree, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018

 

Fish eagle landing, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018

Fish eagle landing, Savuti, Botswana, May 2018

 

Zambezi teak, on the way to Chobe River, May 2018

Zambezi teak, on the way to Chobe River, May 2018. Normally it doesn’t flower so late in the year.

 

Grass cutter, on the way to Chobe River, Botswana, May 2018

Grass cutter, on the way to Chobe River, Botswana, May 2018. It jumped into a moving vehicle and landed on my lap.

 

Leopard tortoise eating leaf, Chobe, Botswana, May 2018

Leopard tortoise eating leaf, Chobe, Botswana, May 2018

 

 

Pipit, Chobe, Botswana, May 2018

Pipit, Chobe, Botswana, May 2018

 

Pearl-spotted owlet, Chobe, Botswana, May 2018

Pearl-spotted owlet, Chobe, Botswana, May 2018. It’s tiny – only about 20 cm tall.

 

Red-billed quelea, Chobe, Botswana, May 2018

Red-billed quelea, Chobe, Botswana, May 2018

 

Yellow-billed oxpecker and red-billed oxpecker on buffalo, Chobe, Botswana, May 2018

Yellow-billed oxpecker and red-billed oxpecker on buffalo, Chobe, Botswana, May 2018

 

Pair of ong-tailed paradise whydah, Chobe, Botswana, May 2018

Pair of long-tailed paradise whydah, Chobe, Botswana, May 2018

 

Male long-tailed paradise whydah, Chobe, Botswana, May 2018

Male long-tailed paradise whydah, Chobe, Botswana, May 2018

 

Sunset, Chobe, Botswana, May 2018

Sunset, Chobe, Botswana, May 2018

 

One of the five lionesses, Chobe, Botswana, May 2018

One of the five lionesses in the pride, Chobe, Botswana, May 2018

 

African marsh harrier, Chobe, Botswana, May 2018

African marsh harrier, Chobe, Botswana, May 2018

 

Fork-tailed drongo, Chobe, Botswana, May 2018

Fork-tailed drongo, Chobe, Botswana, May 2018

 

Juvenile marshal eagle, Chobe, Botswana, May 2018

Juvenile marshal eagle, Chobe, Botswana, May 2018

 

Great egret, Chobe, Botswana, May 2018

Great egret, Chobe, Botswana, May 2018

 

Grey heron, Chobe, Botswana, May 2018

Grey heron, Chobe, Botswana, May 2018

 

African darter, Chobe, Botswana, May 2018

African darter, Chobe, Botswana, May 2018

 

5pm, Chobe, Botswana, May 2018

5pm, Chobe, Botswana, May 2018

 

Sunset, Chobe, Botswana, May 2018

Sunset, Chobe, Botswana, May 2018

 

6pm, Chobe, Botswana, May 2018

6pm, Chobe, Botswana, May 2018

 

Just after sunset, Chobe, Botswana, May 2018

Just after sunset, Chobe, Botswana, May 2018

 

African darter, Chobe, Botswana, May 2018

African darter, Chobe, Botswana, May 2018

 

Abdim's stork, Chobe, Botswana, May 2018

Abdim’s stork, Chobe, Botswana, May 2018. It shouldn’t be here in this time of the year.

 

Spur-winged goose, Chobe, Botswana, May 2018

Spur-winged goose, Chobe, Botswana, May 2018

 

African harrier-hawk, Chobe, Botswana, May 2018

African harrier-hawk, Chobe, Botswana, May 2018

 

Dragonfly, Chobe, Botswana, May 2018

Dragonfly, Chobe, Botswana, May 2018

 

White-crowned lapwing, Chobe, Botswana, May 2018

White-crowned lapwing, Chobe, Botswana, May 2018

 

Green-backed heron, Chobe, Botswana, May 2018

Green-backed heron, Chobe, Botswana, May 2018

 

Hippo napping, Chobe, Botswana, May 2018

Hippo napping, Chobe, Botswana, May 2018

 

African stonechat, Chobe, Botswana, May 2018

African stonechat, Chobe, Botswana, May 2018

 

Yellow-billed stork, Chobe, Botswana, May 2018

Yellow-billed stork, Chobe, Botswana, May 2018

 

Yellow-billed stork, Chobe, May 2018

Yellow-billed stork, Chobe, May 2018

 

Warthog mating, Chobe, Botswana, May 2018

Warthog mating, Chobe, Botswana, May 2018

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