Botswana Birds

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Beautiful, fascinating, frustrating. Most birds look best in flight, if you can see them. On land or tree branch, they seldom strike interesting poses, and their expressions seldom change. So unless their plumage was remarkable, or water added a reflection to the picture, I consigned most of my bird photos from this trip to the discard file.

Vultures are not pretty. In fact, with their bald heads, they are downright repulsive until they take flight.

Take off at sunset

Take off at sunset

 

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Working up the colour ladder, some birds just naturally have character, even when they’re not doing anything.

We apologize for interrupting your nap.

We apologize for interrupting your nap.

 

Others just seem to be part of the landscape.

Two eagles

Two eagles

 

We saw a number of hammerkopfs, usually in lighting that made them dark blobs. Water and a bit of sun helped show off this bird’s beautiful head.

Hammerkopf

Hammerkopf

 

You don’t need colour if you’re an ostrich. A nice pose will do.

Back to back dance

Back to back dance

 

And if you can pose like this heron, black and brown are all you need.

I think Rembrandt would be impressed.

I think Rembrandt would be impressed.

 

Black and white work well too.

I have no idea what bird this is, but it has wonderful legs.

I have no idea what bird this is, but it has wonderful legs.

 

Black and white also go well even if they are not on the same bird. These two egrets were frequently found together.

Slaty egret

Slaty egret

White egret

White egret

 

A wacky expression and a bright yellow beak make the hornbill an interesting subject. Our guides called them flying bananas.

Yellow-billed hornbill

Yellow-billed hornbill

 

All this bird has to do is show up.

No ID, but I'd know him anywhere.

No ID, but I’d know him anywhere.

 

Bee eaters made me wish for a very long zoom lens. All I had was a 300mm.

Bee eater

Bee eater

 

And now, my favourite bird, not just in Africa but on any continent. This amazing bundle of colour doesn’t have to do anything.

Lilac-breasted roller

Lilac-breasted roller

 

In flight, it speeds by as a blur of colour. But the burst mode on my camera captured its true glory.

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A little out of focus, but you can't beat the expression.

A little out of focus, but you can’t beat the expression.

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