Tag Archives: Botswana

Lilac-breasted Roller (Coracias caudatus)

Lilac-breasted Roller (Coracias caudatus)

Rollers are found in Europe, Asia as well as in Africa and Australia, but not in the New World. It’s commonly seen throughout its range, often perched on its favorite spot as seen here. From this perch it will scan the ground for prey, and swoop in to catch them when spotted. It sounds like […]

Cape Wild Dog (Lycaon pictus ssp. pictus)

Cape Wild Dog (Lycaon pictus ssp. pictus)

I had many incredible encounters with wild dogs during my stay in Okavango. One hunt went straight through the camp! Here you see a typical bonding behavior after a feeding. They made a kill the previous night, and at dawn I watched as they licked the last remains of the carcass accompanied with a wide […]

Hooded Vulture (Necrosyrtes monachus)

Hooded Vulture (Necrosyrtes monachus)

A critically endangered species, and unsurprisingly the only one of the species I encountered during my time in Botswana. Last night’s kill by wild dogs has attracted this individual and other species of vulture and scavengers, and this hooded vulture was the only one of its kind. Decades ago it would have been alongside many […]

Tawny Eagle (Aquila rapax)

Tawny Eagle (Aquila rapax)

Last night a group of wild dogs made a kill, and at dawn furry and feathered scavengers honed in on the leftovers. This eagle was waiting for the large vultures to scatter, so it could have its pickings. The dogs made a good job of cleaning up the kill, so not much was left. But […]

Black Kite (Milvus migrans)

Black Kite (Milvus migrans)

Last night a group of wild dogs made a kill, and at dawn furry and feathered scavengers honed in on the leftovers. This kite was waiting for the large vultures to scatter, so it could have its pickings. The dogs made a good job of cleaning up the kill, so not much was left. But […]

White-backed Vulture (Gyps africanus)

White-backed Vulture (Gyps africanus)

A critically endangered species, but surprisingly 5 of them gathered here. Lot less than in a healthy population, but it could have been just a single individual. Or none. I encountered very few of any species of vulture, and sadly this is all due to human activities like trophy hunting and religious excuses, poisoning of […]

Southern Lion (Panthera leo ssp. melanochaita)

Southern Lion (Panthera leo ssp. melanochaita)

Three linonesses of a pride of more than 10 quenching their thirst in one of few places left with water as the drought deepens with a seemingly never ending heatwave of 40c during day and barely a couple of hours before dawn with nearing pleasant temperatures. One of the lionesses was stung in the eye […]

Southern Serval (Leptailurus serval ssp. serval)

Southern Serval (Leptailurus serval ssp. serval)

Following this beautiful southern server during its morning hunt was amazing. It did not pay much notice to my presence and I was therefore able to see its natural hunting behavior. Watching it pounce on its insect, reptile or rodent prey was as good as it gets. It was mostly strolling leisurely looking for opportunities, […]

Southern Serval (Leptailurus serval ssp. serval)

Southern Serval (Leptailurus serval ssp. serval)

Following this beautiful southern server during its morning hunt was amazing. It did not pay much notice to my presence and I was therefore able to see its natural hunting behavior. Watching it pounce on its insect, reptile or rodent prey was as good as it gets. Although this was my only such encounter during […]

Southern Warthog (Phacochoerus africanus ssp. sundevallii)

Southern Warthog (Phacochoerus africanus ssp. sundevallii)

A common resident in Okavango and to me a funny looking creature that reminds me of dodgems, or bumper cars, when their tail is raised during their escapes. They live a precarious life as they’re prey to lion, cheetah and leopard. This one is checking out elephant dung at a waterhole inundated with parched elephants, […]

Southern Lion (Panthera leo ssp. melanochaita)

Southern Lion (Panthera leo ssp. melanochaita)

A young lion giving me the stare, wondering what to make of me. Aperture: ƒ/7.1 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 500mm ISO: 1100 Shutter speed: 1/1250 s

Spotted Eagle-Owl (Bubo africanus)

Spotted Eagle-Owl (Bubo africanus)

This very well camouflaged owl was sitting very close to the dirt road out of the Central Kalahari Game reserve, but did not leave its spot in the shade. At 8 in the morning the heat of the sun is already unbearable and most animals seek shelter. Some are nocturnal and take advantage of the […]

Southern and Eastern African Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus ssp. jubatus)

Southern and Eastern African Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus ssp. jubatus)

A female cheetah leading her cubs to a new resting site as the rising sun heats up the land, leaving fewer and fewer shades to be found. Aperture: ƒ/7.1 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 500mm ISO: 360 Shutter speed: 1/800 s

Southern Lion (Panthera leo ssp. melanochaita)

Southern Lion (Panthera leo ssp. melanochaita)

Just like humans – when all needs are met laziness sets in and the only frustration that might arise is where and how to position the body and how to adjust it to those miniscule discomforts like heat, flies or your brother coming too close for comfort. This is one of two brothers chilling out […]

South African Ground Squirrel (Geosciurus inauris)

South African Ground Squirrel (Geosciurus inauris)

The ground squirrel is as cute to us humans as any species of squirrels with their fast pace an entertaining antics. But their lives are faced with the exact same challenges as all life, and they have no clue as to what our view of cute is. This is such a huge misconception and why […]

Southern Kori (Ardeotis kori ssp. kori)

Southern Kori (Ardeotis kori ssp. kori)

Bustards are very large birds, and the southern kori is the largest flying bird in Africa. They have a wingspan of up to 275 cm (9 ft) and up to 20 kg (44 lb) in weight. Not surprisingly you will mostly see it walking and only occasionally see it in flight. Seeing this huge bird […]

Southern Steenbuck (Raphicerus campestris ssp. campestris)

Southern Steenbuck (Raphicerus campestris ssp. campestris)

The steenbuck is blending well with the dry grasses, both in color and small size as it reaches no more than 60 cm (24″) in height. Aperture: ƒ/6.3 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 500mm ISO: 360 Shutter speed: 1/1000 s